Scholarships

At CAFNR, we are always here to help, and helping you figure out how to pay for your college education is no exception! The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources offers one of the strongest scholarship programs at MU.

CAFNR scholarships are offered to residents of Missouri as the majority of our scholarship endowments are restricted by our donors to Missouri residents.  Information on how to establish Missouri residency can be found at:

Learn how to get residency

Each year CAFNR awards more than $1.3 million in scholarships. Nearly three-quarters of students who apply are offered CAFNR scholarships. In addition, several of CAFNR’s academic departments offer scholarships to students enrolled in their degree programs. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 annually.

The MU scholarship application (due by Feb. 1 for continuing and transfer students; Dec. 15 for entering freshmen) qualifies students for nearly all CAFNR scholarships — only one application is needed.

Entering Freshmen

Entering freshmen who qualify for the MU Curators Scholar Award (requires an ACT composite score of 28 or higher and top 5 percent of your Missouri high school graduating class), and enroll as a CAFNR student will automatically receive an additional $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three years.

Entering freshmen who qualify for the MU Chancellor’s Award (requires an ACT composite score of 31 or higher and top 10 percent of your Missouri high school graduating class), and enroll as a CAFNR student will automatically receive an additional $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three years.

The scholarship deadline for entering freshmen is Dec. 15 during your senior year in high school.

To be eligible for consideration for all MU and CAFNR scholarships, entering freshmen must:

External Scholarships

CAFNR students often qualify for external scholarships.

FFA Scholarships

There are two FFA scholarships offered to entering CAFNR freshmen. You can apply to both scholarships using a single application. The application deadline is May 1.

Details on the FFA Scholarships:

  • Curators Interscholastic Events Scholarships are awarded to winners of high ratings in state agriculture/FFA Career Development Events and who rank in the upper third of their graduating class.
  • Orscheln Farm and Home Supply Inc. Scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen who have been four-year members of FFA, have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and have excelled scholastically. Preference given to applicants who live in areas served by Orscheln Farm and Home stores.

Transfer and Continuing Students

Continuing and transfer students must submit their applications by Feb. 1 to be eligible for consideration. To be eligible for consideration for MU and CAFNR scholarships, transfer and continuing students must:

Financial Aid

CAFNR also offers an in-house student loan program. Available only to CAFNR students, this program provides additional financial support.

Loans made through the program have a maximum repayment period of seven years; the interest rate is 8 percent. These loans are subsidized while you are enrolled, meaning no interest accrues until after you graduate or until your enrollment drops below half-time status.

For more information on the CAFNR Student Loan Program, contact the CAFNR Academic Programs Office at 573-882-8301 or toll-free at 888-682-2367.

For more information about financial aid, visit the MU Student Financial Aid website.

Thanks to our Generous Donors, CAFNR Offers $1.3 Million Each Year in Scholarships

Interested in making a gift to support CAFNR student scholarships? Contact CAFNR’s Advancement Office at 573-882-9003 or givingtocafnr@missouri.edu, or donate online.