Freshmen Scholarships

Apply for Admission by January 15 to be Considered for These Awards

ScholarshipAcademic Year AmountQualificationsResidency
Curators' Scholar Award$5,000ACT score 28 AND HS Core GPA 3.75Missouri Residents
Academic Excellence Award $5,000ACT score 28 AND HS Core GPA 3.75Kansas Residents
Chancellor's Award$3,500ACT score 25 AND HS Core GPA 3.5Missouri and Kansas Residents
Provost’s Award$2,000ACT score 22 AND HS Core GPA 3.0Missouri and Kansas Residents
Metro Kansas City
High School

$1,000Graduate of Kansas City, MO or Kansas City, KS High SchoolMissouri and Kansas Residents from Kansas City

Scholarships are awarded based on ACT or SAT score and High School Core GPA. (High School Core GPA is calculated from the 17 core requirements of the university)  All new incoming freshmen are considered for these awards with the exception of students in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, and the School of Law.  Students will receive only the highest award for which they qualify.

Nonresident Scholarships

Visit our Nonresident Scholarships page for more details on available opportunities.

Did you know that there are discount programs available to help students with non-resident costs?

Competitive Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded competitively and may require a separate application and application material.

Premiere ScholarshipsAcademic Year AmountQualificationsDeadline
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 March 15th
Launchpad Application
Additional Scholarship OpportunitiesAcademic Year AmountQualificationsDeadline
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 the Amount Awarded by the Hispanic Development
Any Student Who Receives the Greater Kansas City Hispanic ScholarshipApply at Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Application
Victor WilsonVariesCurrent and Long-Time Residents Within the Official City Limits of KCMOFile FAFSA by Feb. 1
Victor Wilson Scholarship Application

It All Starts With the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required for many kinds of financial aid. Complete an online form at

  • UMKC’s priority deadline is Feb. 1.
  • UMKC’s FAFSA code is 002518.
  • The FAFSA for each upcoming year is available starting October 1st

Help is Available


Grants are based primarily on financial need; repayment is not required.


The UMKC Advantage Grant ensures tuition is met for full-time, Pell-eligible Missouri residents who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1.

Student-athletes, Medicine, Pharmacy and Conservatory students are not eligible for the UMKC  Advantage Grant.


Students and parents can borrow money, usually at reduced interest rates. Loans must be repaid. Among the best-known options are direct subsidized, direct unsubsidized and Parent PLUS loans.

Campus Employment

UMKC spends $10 million annually on student employment. One option is Federal Work-Study, a program that provides funding for part-time jobs both on and off campus.