External scholarships are awards funded by sources independent of the University of Missouri, such as businesses, not-for-profit groups, foundations and government agencies. Criteria vary but usually include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations or unique elements related to the funding organization.
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External Scholarship Opportunities
- College Aggies Online Scholarship Competition – kicks off on September 14, 2020. Students enrolled as undergraduates or graduates are invited to sign up today. More info at animalagalliance.org/initiatives/college-aggies-online/.
- Jim Russell Foundation Scholarship – due Nov. 1, 2020. Application: mo-ag.com/member-services/jim-russell-foundation/
- Must be enrolled in college for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Must be attending a Missouri college.
- Must be majoring in a field related to agriculture and intend on pursuing a career in agribusiness.
- Must be a college junior or senior.
- Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Must not have received the Jim Russell Foundation Scholarship in a prior year.
- 2021 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program – due Nov. 2, 2020. Current sophomores or juniors may be considered in the 2021 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program competition. This prestigious award fosters and encourages excellence in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering and covers tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 for one year or, on occasion, for two years. The University of Missouri may nominate up to five students for the Goldwater Scholarship. For this reason, the Fellowships Office facilitates a campus-level competition to determine who will represent MU at the national level. Students should work with a research advisor to complete the Goldwater Scholarship Campus Application by Nov. 2 if they wish to be considered for a campus nomination.
The campus application includes:
- Letter of recommendation from a research advisor
- Unofficial transcript
- Resume or CV
- Career Goals Essay (up to 3,000 characters including spaces)
- Research Essay (up to three pages)
- Six Tips for Winning Scholarships from FFA
- Check into scholarships offered by your parents’ employers, civic clubs (such as Elks Club) or electric cooperatives.
- MU student financial aid external scholarship resources
- Scholarships for international students
- Scholarships for students with disabilities