Scholarships

There are many opportunities for scholarships at UMKC.  You may receive scholarships based on merit, academic achievement, financial need, or special abilities.

Incoming Freshman (First Time College)

First time college students are considered for automatic and competitive scholarships.

Admission Application Deadlines for Scholarships:

January 15 – Freshman Automatic Scholarship application deadline

Automatic Scholarships
  • Awarded based on ACT or SAT score and High School Core GPA on Admission Application
  • Students in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, or law are not eligible for these awards
  • Student will receive only the highest award for which they qualify
ScholarshipAcademic Year AmountQualificationsResidencyDeadline
Curators' Scholar Award$5,000ACT score 28 AND HS Core GPA 3.75Missouri ResidentsApply for Admission by January 15th
Academic Excellence Award $5,000ACT score 28 AND HS Core GPA 3.75Kansas Residents Apply for Admission by January 15th
Chancellor's Award$3,500ACT score 25 AND HS Core GPA 3.5Missouri and Kansas ResidentsApply for Admission by January 15th
Provost’s Award$2,000ACT score 22 AND HS Core GPA 3.0Missouri and Kansas ResidentsApply for Admission by January 15th
Metro Kansas City
High School

$1,000Graduate of Kansas City, MO or Kansas City, KS High SchoolMissouri and Kansas Residents from Kansas CityApply for Admission by January 15th
Nonresident Awards
Chancellor's Historically Underrepresented Minority Nonresident AwardNonresident Tuition Differential
African American, Hispanic, or Native AmericanNonresidentNone

Review each award individually for complete details and restrictions, including renewability.

Competitive Scholarships
  • Scholarship application may be required
  • Funding may be limited for these scholarships
ScholarshipAcademic Year AmountQualificationsDeadline
Premiere Scholarships
Trustees' ScholarsTuition & Fees, Room & Board, BooksACT 30 and/or 3.5 GPA, and/or Top 5% Class RankApply by December 1 Trustees' Scholarship Application
Bloch Launchpad Freshman Scholarships$4,000 - $10,000
(Includes combination of Automatic Scholarship and Launchpad Scholarship)
Applicant to the Bloch School of Management Launchpad Program and meet High School Core GPA and ACT requirementsApply by the Priority Deadline of January 15th
(Application coming soon!)
Additional Opportunities
Joel C. Brown Book Award$400Resident of Metro Area and Graduate of Metro Area High School;
3.0 High School GPA
Apply by March 1
Joel C. Brown Book Scholarship Application
Chancellor’s Nonresident AwardNonresident Tuition DifferentialAwarded by Academic UnitApply for Admission by Jan. 15
Delta ChiVariesAffiliates of Delta Chi FraternityApply by March 1
Delta Chi Scholarship Application
Islamic Education Services Scholarship, Muslim Students' Association, Mohiuddin Scholarship$500-$1,500Preference to students who have engaged in extensive study of Islam
Apply by April 30 Islamic Education Services; Mohiuddin; Muslim Students’ Association Application
KC Scholars Scholarship - College Savings MatchUp to $5,000Current 9th grader in 6 county metro area; Have at least: 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, or 16 ACT, or 800 SAT; Legally present in U.S.Apply at KC Scholars Scholarship Application
KC Scholars Scholarship - TraditionalUp to $10,000Current 11th grader in 6 county metro area; Have at least: 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, or 16 ACT, or 800 SAT; Legally present in U.S.Apply at KC Scholars Scholarship Application
LGBTQIA LeadershipVariesDemonstrate Commitment Towards the Advancement of the UMKC LGBTQIA CommunityApply by July 15
LGBTQIA Leadership Scholarship Application
Agapito Mendoza$500ACT Score 23 OR Top 25% of High School Class, Indicated Hispanic on Admission ApplicationApply for Admission by Jan. 15
Mbembe Milton Smith$750African American Resident of Metro Area and Graduate of Metro Area High SchoolApply by March 1
Mbembe Milton Smith Scholarship Application
TillmanVariesVeteran and Active Duty Military Service Members or SpousesApply at Tillman Scholarship Application
UMKC Herman Johnson African American Scholarship VariesAfrican American Resident of Metro Area and Graduate of Metro Area High SchoolApply by Feb. 1
Herman Johnson Scholarship Application
UMKC Hispanic MatchingUMKC Matches up to $1,000 Awarded by the Hispanic Development
Fund. Students Who Do Not Receive Any Other UMKC Scholarships Will
Receive a 100% Match
Any Student Who Receives the Greater Kansas City Hispanic ScholarshipApply at Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Application
United Negro College Fund KSI Matching ScholarshipUMKC Matches the Amount from UNCF Up to $4,000Any Student Who Receives the UNCF KSI ScholarshipApply at United Negro College Fund KSI Matching Scholarship Application
Victor WilsonVariesCurrent and Long-Time Residents Within the Official City Limits of KCMOFile FAFSA by Feb. 1
Victor Wilson Scholarship Application

Review each award individually for complete details and restrictions, including renewability.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer students are considered for automatic and competitive scholarships.

Admission Application Deadlines for Scholarships:

February 15 – Transfer Automatic Scholarship application deadline (fall)

November 15 – Transfer Automatic Scholarship application deadline (spring)

Automatic Scholarships

Awarded based on credit hours completed and cumulative GPA provided in Admission Application

Scholarship/AwardAcademic Year AmountQualificationsDeadline
Chancellor’s Transfer Scholarship
$2,000, Plus Nonresident Tuition Differential for Nonresidents40 Credit Hours With a Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPAApply for Admission by February 15 for Fall;
Apply for Admission by November 15 for Spring
Chancellor's Historically Underrepresented Minority Nonresident AwardNonresident Tuition DifferentialAfrican American, Latino, Native AmericanNone

Review each award individually for complete details and restrictions, including renewability.

Competitive Scholarships
  • Scholarship application may be required
ScholarshipAcademic Year AmountQualificationsDeadline
Curators' Transfer Scholarship$1,000 in Addition to Chancellor's Transfer Scholarship Plus Nonresident Tuition Differential for NonresidentsAssociate's Degree and Cumulative GPA 3.5Apply for Admission by February 15 for Fall; November 15 for Spring
Competitive Transfer Awards Form
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship$500 in Addition to Chancellor's Transfer Scholarship, Plus Nonresident Tuition Differential for NonresidentsAssociate's Degree and Cumulative GPA 3.25; and PTK MembershipApply for Admission by February 15 for Fall; November 15 for Spring
Competitive Transfer Awards Form
Bloch Launchpad Transfer Scholarships$3,500 - $6,000
(Includes combination of Automatic Scholarship and Launchpad Scholarship)
Applicant to the Bloch School of Management Launchpad Program and meet transfer credit GPA and transfer in a minimum of 40 transferable credit hoursApply by the Priority Deadline of January 15th
(Application coming soon!)
Brown, Joel C. Book Scholarship$400Resident of Metro Area and Graduate of Metro Area High School;
2.5 College GPA
Apply by March 1
Joel C. Brown Book Scholarship Application
Chancellor’s Nonresident AwardNonresident Tuition DifferentialAwarded by Academic UnitApply for Admission by February 15 for Fall; November 15 for Spring
Delta Chi ScholarshipVariesAffiliates of Delta Chi FraternityApply by March 1 Delta Chi Scholarship Application
Islamic Education Services Scholarship, Muslim Students' Association, Mohiuddin Scholarship$500 - $1,500Preference to Students Engaged in Extensive Study of IslamApply by April 30 Islamic Education Services; Mohiuddin; Muslim Students’ Association Application
KC Scholars Scholarship - Adult LearnerUp to $5,000 Adult transfer studentApply at KC Scholars Scholarship Application
LGBTQIA Leadership ScholarshipVariesHave Worked Towards the Advancement of the UMKC LGBTQIA CommunityApply by April 1 (returning students); July 15 (incoming students)
LGBTQIA Leadership Scholarship Application
Mbembe Milton Smith Scholarship$750African American Resident of Metro Area and Graduate of Metro Area High SchoolMarch 1
Mbembe Milton Smith Scholarship
Tillman ScholarshipVariesVeteran and Active-Duty Military Service Members and SpousesApply at Pat Tillman Foundation
UMKC Herman Johnson African American ScholarshipVariesAfrican American Resident of Metro Area and Graduate of Metro Area High SchoolApply by February 1
UMKC Herman Johnson African-American Scholarship
UMKC Hispanic Matching ScholarshipUMKC Matches up to $1,000 Awarded by the Hispanic Development
Fund. Students Who Do Not Receive Any Other UMKC Scholarships Will
Receive a 100% Match
Any Student Who Receives the Greater Kansas City Hispanic ScholarshipApply at Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship
United Negro College Fund KSI Matching ScholarshipVaries: UMKC Matches the Amount from UNCF with UMKC Grants or Scholarships (Not to Exceed Educational Fees)
Up to $4,000
Any Student Who Receives the UNCF KSI ScholarshipApply at United Negro College Fund KSI Matching Scholarship Application
Victor Wilson ScholarshipVariesCurrent and Long-Time Residents Within the Official City Limits of KCMO
File FAFSA by February 1 Victor Wilson Scholarship Application

Review each award individually for complete details and restrictions, including renewability.

Current UMKC Students

Complete the UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application, on-line.

The application is open October 1 – March 1 for scholarships awarded for the following fall semester.  Our scholarship committee will match you to the scholarships for which you qualify.

Competitive Scholarships

Competitive Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Some awards may require additional documents or a separate application
  • Deadlines may vary

Competitive Graduate or Professional Scholarships

  • Some awards may require additional documents or a separate application
  • Deadlines may vary

 

Looking for Graduate Assistant positions or Fellowships?  Check with your Academic Unit

Not a Missouri Resident?

There are many options for students who are not Missouri residents to receive scholarships and awards that reduce tuition and fees to resident amounts.  Some scholarships are awarded automatically based on the materials in your Admission Application, and some may require a separate application.

Nonresident Scholarships and Awards

 

Did you know that if you are from Kansas or the Midwest you may be eligible for a lower non-resident tuition rate?

Academic Unit Scholarships

These are scholarships awarded by the academic unit (school/program) to which you are admitted. A separate scholarship application may be required by the academic unit; check with your academic unit to find out more:

Additional UMKC and State Opportunities

State Scholarships

The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) offers several scholarship opportunities to students in Missouri.

  • Bright Flight
  • Marguerite Ross Barnett Program

Review MDHE’s website for complete list

Outside Scholarship Information

Other Resources

 

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

 

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Receiving an outside scholarship?

Please inform the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office of all scholarships and awards you receive from sources outside of UMKC.  The scholarships and awards will be added to your financial aid package and may impact certain UMKC scholarships, UMKC grants, and/or loans.  Email our office with the name and amount of your scholarship or award at finaid@umkc.edu.

Avoid Scams

It might be a scam if:

  • You have to spend money to get money. Legitimate scholarship providers don’t charge application fees, “redemption” fees or up-front taxes; nor do they ask students to make investments.
  • They want bank account or credit card information. Trustworthy donors won’t ask for a credit card number to “hold” your award.
  • It’s guaranteed. No one can guarantee that you’ll receive a scholarship, and any promise of a money-back guarantee is a red flag.
  • You can’t find the information anywhere else. Scholarship agencies don’t keep information secret; they want to award scholarships. If a service promises to provide funds no one else knows about, be suspicious.
  • You win a contest you don’t remember entering. If you receive a message saying you’ve been selected for an award or you’re a finalist in a competition you’ve never heard of, it might be a scam.
  • It sounds too good to be true. Trust your instincts. If you’re suspicious about an offer, you probably have a good reason.