CHS Scholarships for Seniors


Welcome to Central High School scholarship page! Scholarships will be listed in order of due date and will include access to the scholarship application. It is important that you follow the due date listed on this page and not on the scholarship application. Scholarship applications need to be turned in to the Counseling Office by the due date listed below. This allows us time to review your applications and contact you if we find any errors or missing documents before we send it. If you apply for scholarships through an online application and need a transcript or other documents mailed please see Mrs. McCamy or Mrs. Dudeck.

A list of scholarships typically available through the Counseling Office throughout the year are listed in the Scholarship & College Planning Guide 2021-22. Please note this is to be used as a guide only! The scholarships and deadlines listed in the guide were developed from last year's database and are not a complete list of all scholarships available. This page will provide you with the updated eligibility criteria and scholarship applications. As scholarships become available during the year we will post them here.

Please keep track of the scholarships you receive throughout the year (this includes scholarships from the colleges you have applied to). We will ask for this information at the end of the year when seniors take the Senior Exit Survey.

***Important: When working on scholarships, make sure that you are using a computer device that allows you to save and/or print.

***Many times a scholarship will ask for an activities list. We have attached a few samples of what it should look like.

Activity List samples.pdf  




Golden Door Scholars 

October 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

Applicants must have DACA, TPS, or be undocumented (meaning currently not have lawful status in the US). Applicants must not be eligible for in-state tuition or federal funding. Student must have a high GPA, take advanced/challenging high school courses, Be driven to excel and help others succeed, Has held leadership positions or be involved in the community, and be actively applying to a variety of scholarships.

Tuition plus room and board for up to 4 years 

Online application

AES Engineering Scholarship

October 8, 2021

AES offers scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students are not required to take engineering courses to be eligible for this scholarship. The student will submit an essay of 500-1,000 words in answer to the topic/question listed on the website. Essays must be submitted to the following email address: There is no application packet and student must include their full name, name of high school, and plans for next year. The topic for the essay can be found online. 


Email the essay to the address on the website. 

Patrick L. Newman Mic-O-Say Scholarship 

October 15, 2021 (drop off to the Counseling Office by 10/11 and we will submit your application)

Any current Camp Geiger Tribesman of Mic-O-Say who is active in the program and registered with the Boy Scouts of America can apply for this scholarship. Must be planning to pursue a formal program of higher education.  


Online Application

Heisman High School Scholarship

October 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm EST 

Students must have at least a "B" grade average (3.0 GPA), participate in at least one of the eligible school-sponsored sports (see website for a list), be a leader in school/community and serve as a role model to underclassmen. Students nominate themselves by applying online. A counselor will review the student’s information and make the final submission (you will need your counselor’s email address). Winners are chosen at both the state and national levels.  


Online Application 

Cotillion for Achievement Scholarship (LOCAL) 

Return completed PDF to the Counseling Office by October 21, 2021 

Students attending school in Andrew and Buchanan county that demonstrate high academic achievements, involvement in school activities and community service, plus high moral and ethical standards should apply. If selected as a Cotillion finalist, students will need to attend "Adventures for Achievement" sessions, participate in the final interview, as well as attend the Cotillion Ball in February (a formal event).  


Click here for PDF - you must type your application

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program Return required information to the Counseling Office by October 26, 2021  The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence. Students should record an original 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or flash drive. The essay theme and more information including the official rules and judging criteria can be found on the VFW website:   Varies up to $30,000  Click here for application 
John T. Belcher Scholarship Program (MO School Boards' Association)  Return completed PDF to the Counseling Office by October 26, 2021 

Central may only nominate one student and the SJSD Board of Education will make the final selection regarding the district winner. The district winner will move on to the next level of competition.  Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities, and the quality of an essay. The essay topic is on the application. More information and essay examples of last year's state winner are available to view online on the MSBA website.

$1,000-$2,500 Click here for application 

Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures Scholarship

October 28, 2021 at 5:00 CST

To be eligible, students must be an employee of one of the franchised, company-owned and/or affiliated restaurants at the time of application; Be recommended by an Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager (depending on the Restaurant where the Team Member is employed), which should address the Team Member’s professional achievement; Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Academic awards and recognition will be considered. Applicants are required to upload a transcript that displays their name, school name, classes taken, and GPA. 


Online Application 

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

October 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

This is a merit-based program (minimum 3.0 GPA to apply). Students are evaluated on leadership, community and extracurricular activities; academic achievement and employment. The first application is a preliminary online application and does not require an essay or transcript. Students will be notified by mid-November if they are a semifinalist and will be asked to provide more documentation at that point.  


Online Application 

Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

October 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

Students must submit an essay about a specific topic shown on the website. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to apply. Essays must be submitted in English and the applicant does not need to be Hispanic to apply.  

$1,500  Online Application 



University of Arkansas-New Arkansas Non-Resident Tuition Award (NRTA) Scholarship Apply to University of Arkansas by November 1, 2021 in order to be considered for the November 15th priority scholarship deadline

Entering freshmen with a 3.60 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.40 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 80% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Entering freshmen with a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA will receive a New Arkansan NRTA that pays 70% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Students can continue to improve grade point averages after admission. Qualifying GPA must be earned prior to the student's first day of classes at the University of Arkansas. Apply online for admissions at Students are not required to complete a separate online scholarship application for the NRTA.

$11, 775 -$15,000 Scholarship Information
University of Arkansas New Freshman Scholarships 

Apply to University of Arkansas by November 1, 2021

Complete an admissions application, submit transcripts, and send test scores to the office of admissions by November 1st. Within 48 hours of application submission, the scholarship application will be available in the “New Student Center”. More information available online at

Varies  Scholarship Information
Prudential Emerging Visionaries   November 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET This program accepts applications from young leaders ages 14-18 who are bringing powerful vision and real change to their communities. The program supports young people across the country who are making change that focuses on two categories: solutions to financial barriers and solutions to social issues. Entries will be evaluated on the following criteria: Innovation, Potential to Scale, Connection, and Changemaker Quality. More information and application available online.  Awards up to $15,000  Online Application
Elks Most Valuable Student (MVS)   November 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST 

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. To be eligible, students must be current high school seniors. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. Note: There are some local Elks lodges (specifically Cameron and Maryville) that also award scholarships based on this application!

Awards range from $1,000-12,500  Online Application 
Wichita State University Freshman Merit Scholarships Apply to WSU by November 15, 2021 


Incoming, domestic, high school seniors planning to attend WSU the semester immediately following high school graduation must be a degree-bound student with: a completed 6th semester transcript and ACT / SAT test scores. Students will be evaluated based on a composite of the following: High School GPA (unweighted) and National Test Score (ACT / SAT). Awarding begins in September for the following academic year and will continue until available funding is exhausted. Admission Priority Date is December 1 so plan to apply to Wichita State by November 15th to be eligible for consideration.


Varies  Scholarship Information
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship  November 18, 2021

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Applicants must 1. plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2022, 2. intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022; 3. have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above; 4. demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Applicants with family income up to $95,000 will be considered. (Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.) You will submit your application via the Common Application online.

Up to $55,000 Online Application (apply via the Common Application)



University of Kansas (KU) Freshman Merit Scholarships  Apply to KU by December 1, 2021

Students must complete the KU admissions application before the December 1st deadline in order to be considered for scholarships. Go online to for more information.  

Varies  Scholarship Information
NHS (National Honor Society) Scholarship Program  December 1, 2021 by 1:00 pm ET

High school seniors who are National Honor Society members in good standing of an affiliated NHS chapter are eligible to apply. Students must first create a student account online and then the NHS adviser must verify the account before the student can begin the application. There are three components to the application: NHS student application, NHS adviser application, and one recommendation form. More information available online on the NHS website. Click on NHS Scholarship Student Application Guide for specific application information.

$3,200-$25,000  Apply Online
MASFAP Who's Making a Difference Scholarship (My Scholarship Central) December 1, 2021 

The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) is offering a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to a 2022 graduating senior who plans to attend a 2 or 4 year institution in Missouri in fall 2022. Applicants will write an essay describing a person in his/her life who is inspiring them to fulfill their post-secondary education dreams as well as answer supplemental questions (see website). To apply for this scholarship, students must complete the "general scholarship application" via Scholarship Central. Once the general scholarship application is submitted, students will select "opportunities" in the blue bar at the top of the page. Then select "recommended" and find the "MASFAP Who's Making A Difference Scholarship". Apply online on the My Scholarship Central website.





Scholarship Name  Due Date

Scholarship criteria and explanation.                                    

$Amount         Application      



Scholarship Name  Due Date

Scholarship criteria and explanation.                                    

$Amount         Application      




The Gates Scholarship September 15, 2021 at 5:00om PST

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors.  To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American 
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA or 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
Full cost of attendance  Online Application
Questbridge September 28, 2021 Applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and come from low-income households are invited to apply. Questbridge works to help students access top-tier educational opportunities. The following is taken into account when evaluating applications: GPA, class rank (top 5-10%), rigor of high school curriculum, ACT/SAT scores, writing ability, and recommendations. Most finalists for this program come from households earning less than $65,000 (family of four) and are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. Applicants will need three letters of recommendation and a transcript. Varies  Online Application
Missouri Cattlemen Foundation  Postmarked by September 30, 2021 (submit to Counseling Office by 9/27 and we will mail your packet) Applicants must be a Missouri resident and a current paid member of the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association or the parent/legal guardian must be a current paid member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Students must meet the following requirements: 2.5 GPA or better, submit three (3) letters of recommendation, submit a transcript, and demonstrate leadership potential through extracurricular activities and work experience. Preference may be given to students who plan to attend a Missouri college or university & have financial need. Preference also given to those planning to major in an Agriculture field, Biochemistry, Food Science, and Nutrition and Plant Science.   $1,000-$3,000 Online Application  
College Covered Scholarship Ongoing - until January 31, 2022 One winner will be chosen every month.  Applicants only need to complete the online application once and can be considered for this scholarship throughout the entire sweepstakes $5,000 Online Application



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