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. Richardson or Mrs. McCamy.

A list of scholarships typically available through the Counseling Office throughout the year are listed in the Scholarship & College Planning Guide 2020-21. 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


Name: Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program

Amount: $10,000 to $25,000

Deadline: October 19, 2020

Seniors who apply must have financial need ($55,000 or less in family income), have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity, at least a 2.0 GPA, strength of character and a desire to contribute to society. Must be a graduating senior with a commitment to pursuing a bachelor's degree and a US citizen. Students will need to provide their school counselor's email address in order for their application to be certified. An email address will also need to be provided for the individual who is completing the "Support and Verification" form for you. A high school transcript and a copy of the front page of your parent/guardian's 2019 individual federal tax return must be provided as well. Everything must be submitted online. Applications available online at

Name: Army ROTC Scholarship

Amount: Full Tuition & Fees at participating universities 

Deadline: 3 board deadlines each year (typically October, December and March)

The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. The requirements include:

·      Be a U.S. citizen

·      Be between the ages of 17 and 26

·      Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50

·      Have a high school diploma or equivalent

·      Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT

·      Meet physical standards

·      Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

There are three separate board dates/deadlines during each year. Visit for more information and specific dates. Some universities offer other incentives for Army ROTC scholarship recipients. Go here to review Missouri program details:

Name: VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000-30,000

Deadline: October 23, 2020

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: Click here for the entry form that should be submitted along with the audio recording and typed essay. 


Name: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Amount: up to $40,000

Deadline: October 23, 2020

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 2021, 2. intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021; 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. However, a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant. Applicants will need to provide essays, two recommendation letters (see application for specifics), community and school activities, transcript, and test scores.  For more information and the application go online at will submit your application via the Common Application online.

Name: Wichita State University Freshman Merit Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 23, 2020

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 November 1 so plan to apply to Wichita State by October 15th to be eligible for consideration. More information available online at


Name: Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Amount: $20,000 

Deadline: October 24, 2020

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. Applications are lengthy and available online at


Name: University of Arkansas - New Arkansas Non-Resident Tuition Award (NRTA) Scholarship

Amount: Varies based on GPA/ACT

Deadline: October 24, 2020

Entering freshmen with a 3.60 or higher cumulative GPA and a 28 or higher ACT score or an equivalent 1310 SAT score 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 and a 26 or higher ACT score or an equivalent 1240 SAT score 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 and a 24 or higher ACT score or an equivalent 1160 SAT score 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 and/or test scores after admission. Qualifying GPA/test scores 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 the online scholarship application for the NRTA. 


Name: Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Amount:  $1,500

Deadline: October 24, 2020

Students must submit an essay about a specific topic shown on the website. Go here for more information:

Name: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Amount: $1,000-5,000

Deadline: November 3, 2020

Central may nominate two students for this award. The student must describe in detail an individual service activity which is extraordinary in content and took place over the past year. To Apply: 1. Log on to and follow the on-screen instructions. 2. Must complete the application and the student/parent agreement. 3. Once you have completed your online application, go to the “Certification” page to either email certification instructions to or print them out and bring them to the Counseling Center. Your application will not move forward if the certification page is not received by Mrs. Richardson. These instructions will enable us to review your application online.  Please also submit an Activities List to the Counseling Office. More information available online at

Name: John T. Belcher Scholarship Program (MO School Boards' Assn)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 6, 2020

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 at

Name: Elks Scholarship - "Most Valuable Student"

Amount: $1,000-12,500

Deadline: November 8, 2020
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. More information and the application available online:


Name: MASFAP Who's Making a Difference Scholarship (Scholarship Central)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 23, 2020

The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) is offering a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to a 2021 graduating senior who plans to attend a 2 or 4 year institution in Missouri in fall 2021. 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 at

Name: Show-Me Chapter, Soil & Water Conservation Society

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: November 23, 2020

The SWCS Scholarship provides financial assistance to students wishing to pursue studies with a natural resource conservation orientation at properly accredited colleges or universities. The student need not be a SWCS member. Applicants must major in a conservation or natural resource-related field, a 3-5 page essay (see application), two letters of recommendation, activity list that includes leadership positions and conservation activities, and high school transcript. Financial need is not a factor in selection.  It is preferred that the application and supporting documents are emailed. Recommendation letters may be emailed directly from your references. More information available online at

Name: University of Kansas (KU) Freshman Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 24, 2020

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.


Name: Missouri S&T Freshman Merit-based Scholarship

Amount:  $3,000-7,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Scholarships are based on ACT scores and GPA. These scholarships only require an application for admission. Check online at for criteria. The priority deadline is December 1. Students planning to attend Missouri S&T are strongly encouraged to meet the priority deadline. For departmental scholarships check with the individual academic departments.

Name: Missouri S&T Chancellor's Scholarship

Amount: $12,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Highly competitive scholarship awarded to 20 students and is renewable with a 3.0 GPA. Eligibility for this scholarship is met by the following criteria: 1.) must be in the upper 10% of graduating class after six (6) semesters OR have a GPA of 3.75; 2.) Must take the ACT (or SAT) by December 1st and receive a superscore of 31 or better. (See website for SAT information.); 3.) Be a resident of Missouri; 4.) Be a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident. Must apply for admission online ( and submit an official transcript (no later than November 13th). The scholarship application is only available online and cannot be completed until your paperwork for admissions is received and the student has set up their S&T student account. Applicants must also submit a 750-word essay (topic provided) and should follow the instructions. Finalists for the scholarship will be invited to visit campus in January for an interview. Apply online for this scholarship at


Name: Kansas State University (K-State) Freshman Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Students must complete the K-State admissions and scholarship application before the December 1st deadline in order to be considered for scholarships. Go online to for more information and the application.


Name: UMKC Trustees’ Scholar Program

Amount: Full Tuition, Room & Board plus books

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Students must meet two of the three following academic criteria: 1. ACT of 30 or higher; 2. ranked in top 5% of class; 3. minimum GPA of 3.5 in the 17-class core curriculum.  Must also enroll as a full-time student and commit to living on campus for 2 years. In addition, candidates are evaluated on their community or school involvement as well as leadership abilities.  This year there is a combined application for Trustees’ and the Honors College. More information is available online at After submitting the UMKC general application, qualified applicants will see the joint UMKC Trustees’ Scholarship and Honors College application appear as a "to-do" list item in their UMKC Admissions portal.


Name: University of Missouri (Columbia) Freshman Automatic/Competitive Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Due: November 24, 2020

The University of Missouri offers several scholarships for which students are considered automatically when they are admitted to MU. Other MU scholarships require the students to apply using ScholarshipUniverse which can be accessed via the Application Status Page (after submitting an application for admission). Students must be accepted to the university and complete the online scholarship application by December 1st. Applying for admission by November 15th ensures students can complete the online scholarship application. Instructions and additional information can be found online at


Name: University of Missouri (Columbia) Scholars Award

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Students must have at least 33 ACT and a strong academic record. Applicants must submit a resume and essay (topic provided) online by December 1st. A committee will review completed applications and make the final selections based upon credentials and supplementary materials. Approximately 30 scholarships will be awarded. More information is online at


Name: University of Missouri (Columbia) Alumni Association scholarships

Amount: $500-5,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Your parents DO NOT have to be alumni of MU to apply. Students must have a 26 ACT (or core GPA of 3.44) and have been accepted to MU. Applications will only be accepted through ScholarshipUniverse. You must first apply for admission to university (by November 15) and receive your MU assigned username and password. More information available online on the MU Alumni Association website.


Name: NHS (National Honor Society) Scholarship Program

Amount: $3,200-25,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020

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 at


Name: Missouri State University Presidential Scholarship

Amount: $15,000 ($7,000 for tuition and $8,000 for on-campus housing) 

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Missouri State University offers this scholarship to students who have a 3.90 GPA (on 4.0 scale) and a minimum of a 31 on the ACT taken on or before the October test (SAT of 1390).  Finalists are selected through an on-campus interview process. Apply for admissions and the scholarship by the deadline. The application is two part: 1 - Address, contact and academic information, as well as a list of organizations and activities participated in and awards and honors received; 2 - An essay consisting of a personal profile describing interests, academic goals and career plans. Complete the online application at


Name: Truman State Freshman Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Students wishing to be considered for all scholarships and financial aid programs are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and submit an activities list and essay by December 1. Truman has no separate scholarship application, unless otherwise noted. The materials submitted with the admission application are reviewed in the competitive scholarship selection process. More information is available online at


Name: Washburn University Leadership Institute Scholarship

Amount: $500-2,000

Deadline: November 24, 2020

Students interested in gaining leadership skills and opportunities are encouraged to apply for the Washburn University Leadership Institute Scholarship. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of 24 or higher.  Accepting a leadership scholarship commits a student to participate in Washburn University's Leadership Institute. Students must also be accepted to Washburn by December 1. Applicants must submit the application, personal resume highlighting leadership accomplishments, typed essay (see application) and two letters of recommendation. More information available online at


Name: Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,500-25,000

Deadline: December 8, 2020 (or the first 10,000 applicants - whichever comes first)

Equitable Excellence award winners come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but are united by their drive, determination, and strong character. Applicants to the Equitable Excellence Scholarship must: Demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service; Be high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States; Be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. As part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf before the program closes. Pick a recommender that can speak directly to your social responsibility activities, not just a teacher or counselor unless they worked directly with you on the accomplishment you identified. We are looking for adult individuals or professionals who you have worked with, collaborated with, or assisted you in accomplishing your social impact project and goals. More information and application available online:

Name: Burger King Scholars

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 8, 2020

Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be involved in community and school activities, and plan to enroll at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Applicant does not have to be an employee of Burger King to apply. High school transcript must be uploaded to your online application. Request your transcript online from the CHS Counseling Office website and indicate it is for the Burger King Scholarship -- include your SCHOOL email address. Application and more information is available online at  

Name: Earl Collins Foundation (Kiwanis International) Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Students need to meet one of the following requirements: 3.00 GPA OR rank in the top 35% of graduating class. The scholarship is based on academic achievement, volunteerism, honors, educational objective, letters of recommendation, and financial need. You get bonus points if you are a Key Club member or have a Kiwanis family member (you do not have to be a Kiwanis member to apply). Along with the application, you need evidence of your ACT/SAT scores, transcripts, extracurricular activities list (community, school, etc.) and a statement not to exceed one page in length of your educational plans and goals. Two letters of recommendation are needed. (FYI: Application due date shows January 15, 2021 but our local club wants all applications by January 4, so we will submit all CHS applications before Christmas break.) Click here for the application


Name: Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR) Scholarships

Amount: $500-2000

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Applicants must rank in the top 10% of their class, must be a United States citizen, a Missouri resident and attend a Missouri university/college EXCEPT for the Roberta Casteel Capps Scholarship whose recipients may attend the university/college of their choice. A separate application must be submitted for each scholarship. 

- MSSDAR SCHOLARSHIP: A one-time preferred amount of $2,000.00 awarded to a student pursuing a degree of his/her choice.

- IRENE AND LEETA WAGY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: A one-time preferred amount of $1,000.000 awarded to a WOMAN pursuing a degree in education.

- DOROTHY POIKERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: A one-time preferred amount of $500.00 awarded to a student pursuing a degree in business.

- ROBERTA CASTEEL CAPPS AMERICAN HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP: A one-time preferred amount of $1,000.00 awarded to a student who will have a concentrated study of a minimum of twenty-four credit hours in American History and Government while in college. This scholarship is available to seniors in high school through juniors in college.


Students must submit:

1) Scholarship Application

2) Statement of 600 words or less setting forth his/her career objectives (typed)

3) Original transcript of high school grades which must also indicate class rank, size, GPA and test scores

4) Four letters of recommendation from school now attending - one from a principal or counselor, two teachers, and one outside source. The letters should cover the applicant’s ability, work habits, integrity, character, potential and volunteer activities.

5) List of extracurricular activities, honors received, and scholarship achievements (one side of 8 1/2” by 11” paper)

6) Photocopy of United States citizenship: birth certificate, naturalization papers, or information page from U.S. Passport. Cover your photograph if you are submitting a copy of naturalization or passport pages

7) Financial Need Form (when called for by a specific scholarship)

Click here for more information about the scholarships.

Click here for the MSSDAR scholarship application.

Click here for the MSSDAR financial need form.


Name: Nash Music Scholarship (MSSDAR)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 11, 2020
This scholarship is sponsored by the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. It is available to any boy/girl who has at least a 3.0 GPA and is pursuing a degree in music. The applicant must submit a DVD or a CD of three (3) selections, from one of their performances, for music professionals to judge.

The following documentation must be submitted:

-application form

-financial need form

-a statement of 600 words or less

-transcript, activity list (maximum of 2 pages)

-four (4) letters of recommendation from faculty at Central

-photocopy of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.)

-CD/DVD of a performance

Please follow the instructions on the application carefully.

Click here for more information about the Nash Music scholarship.

Click here for the Nash Music scholarship application.

Click here for the Nash Music scholarship financial need form.


Name: Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: December 18, 2020

In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must: Be entering college in the Fall of 2021 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree; Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports; Have a minimum GPA of 3.0; Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win); Not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director. Submit the application, including two essays and a letter of recommendation. More information available online at


Name: Danforth Scholars Program (Washington University)

Amount: Full or partial tuition

Deadline: December 18, 2020

This program is open to prospective undergraduate students applying to Washington University. Students must log into their WashU Pathway account to submit the separate application for the Danforth Scholars Program. More information available online at


Name: GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 18, 2020

This program acknowledges and rewards America’s foremost young leaders who demonstrate the leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship exhibited by President Reagan throughout his life. Applicants must: 1. demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community, the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; 2. demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent); 3. be citizens of the United States of America; 4. be a current high school seniors attending high school in the United States; and 5. plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the upcoming academic year. More information and application available online at


Name: UMSL Freshman Competitive Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 18, 2020 

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers several scholarships for which students are considered automatically when they are admitted to UMSL. Other scholarships require students to submit an online scholarship application. The link to the scholarship application can be found on this page:


Name: Kelly Lynn Lutz Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: December 18, 2020

For students who have lost a parent to cancer. Students who apply must 1. be a US Citizen, 2. attend a 2 or 4-year college, 3. have an interest in education, arts, environment, math or science, 4. show involvement in the community, church, school or other non-curricular activity, and 5. indicate financial need.  Along with the application, applicants must submit a personal essay, one reference, a copy of the parent's death certificate, and a family photo that includes the deceased parent. More information and application available online at

Name: Ron Brown Scholar Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 2, 2021

African-American students who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, make an impact on their communities, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship may be used at any four-year college or university and is not limited to particular academic disciplines. The January 9th deadline is the final deadline. Application materials must be mailed in one packet. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should not be sent under separate cover. Incomplete, e-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered. Applicants need to complete two essays (500 words or less) and provide two (2) letters of recommendation (one must be from someone at school).  More information available online at

Name: John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Amount: $100-$10,000

Deadline: January 8, 2021

This essay contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. The essay topic and requirements are found on the website. All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. Go online for more information:

Name: Mensa Scholarship Essay Contest

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 8, 2021

Foundation scholarships are awarded on the basis of an essay of no more than 550 words. The general awards are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education, grade point average and financial need. It is NOT necessary that the applicant be a member of Mensa.  Applicants must intend to enroll in an accredited educational institution for the 2021-2022 school year.  Do not use identifying information in the essay (name, address, etc). Apply online at


Name: UMKC Automatic & Competitive Freshmen Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 8, 2021

There is no separate application for automatic scholarships. Incoming freshmen admitted by January 15 will be considered for automatic scholarships. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, and applications for competitive scholarships can be found online at


Name: United States JCI Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Each year $1,000 grants will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the United States, who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually will be at the discretion of the United States JCI Senate Foundation. They must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study.  The application must be typed and include a transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement (up to 500 words). The application has very specific details so please pay close attention. More information available online at


Name: College Covered Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 24, 2021

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, which runs until January 31, 2021. Application online at

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