It is recommended that you review any scholarship application requirements and disclosures thoroughly before applying, as many opportunities have special requirements that may ask for you to register for a service or like and/or share their social media pages with your friends as a way to market their products and/or services. Please note that you apply at your own discretion.


The Gates Scholarship


The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To learn more watch this video.


Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


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 of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 

 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.


An ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

deadline is September 18th, 2018


The 2018 National College Match application is now open! The deadline to apply is September 27, 2018.

The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.

College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution.  

If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply. QuestBridge's college partners are committed to making college affordable for all students — regardless of financial background — and offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need.

Learn about more opportunities offered through the National College Match >>

Who Should Apply

  • Academically outstanding high school seniors
  • From families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four with minimal assets

Learn more >>

How to Apply

  • Application opens in the summer (before senior year)
  • Research college partners
  • Submit free application and other materials in late September

Learn more >>

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 27, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time


This year, Wendy's High School Heisman is awarding over $60,000 in scholarships to the nation’s most accomplished scholar-athletes. 100 State Winners, 8 National Finalists, and 2 National Winners.

Applying for the Wendy’s High School Heisman is your chance to earn a scholarship toward college, as well as local, state, and national recognition for all that you’ve put into your high school career. If you’ve maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one eligible sport, are a leader in your community and role model at your school, then you’ve got what it takes to be a Wendy’s High School Heisman.

(application closes October 17th)


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The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. State scholarships are vauled up to $10,000 each and national scholarships up to $25,000 each.

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2019 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

deadline Oct 25th, 2018


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The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 30th class in 2018, the Foundation has provided over 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $66 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The application is open! Students who will be graduating in the 2018-2019 academic school year may apply here through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.



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Voice of Democracy Rules and Eligibility

The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Oct. 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

CLICK HERE to download the Voice of Democracy entry form and brochure to submit your essay to your local VFW Post. Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds). Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to an audio CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.
Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other. Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

PLEASE CONTACT Marilyn Ashley at 816-254-2914 for more information about how and where to submit your application... THANK YOU!!!


SchoolHouse Connection

The SHC Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program
  • Provides scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.
  • Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services.
  • Builds a stable peer and adult support network for recipients, before, during, and after their college careers, and into their transition into the workforce.
  • Offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy, while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life.
The Award
  • $2,000 scholarship award ($1,000 for the 1st year, $1,000 for the 2nd year of college).
  • A minimum of 10 scholarships are awarded.
  • Trip to a national awards ceremony (travel and expenses included).
  • Second gathering in Washington, DC, 18 months after the initial scholarship award (all expenses included).
Who Should Apply? 
  • Applicants must have been born on or after Nov. 9, 1998.
  • Applicants must be entering college for the first time during the 2019-20 school year. This means that the application is for high school seniors; for those who are in GED programs; or for those who have taken a gap year.
  • Applicants who have experienced homelessness within the last six years are eligible to apply.
  • Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.


[Deadline to Apply: November 9, 2018, before 11:59 PM PST]

For more information, please contact Amy Bradley (, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships.


The Truman Heartland Community Foundation offers a number of different scholarship opportunities for students from Independence. It is known in Eastern Jackson County and surrounding communities as a leader in philanthropy that has been a respected partner in charitable giving for 35 years. Please visit the website listed below to access a variety of applications!
                            Truman Heartland Scholarship Page


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Visit the GKCCF website at to view a wide variety of scholarships. Create a GKCCF account to begin submitting applications HERE.


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CLICK HERE to visit Scholarship Central for a variety of scholarship opportunities for Missouri residents. 


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Visit UNIGO.COM to search for colleges, scholarships, and to receive more info about the college admissions process.


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Scholarships for Native Americans



Guide to Making College Affordable for Hispanic Students

Scholarships for Hispanic Students



College Scholarships for Black Students



Financial Aid Guidebook for Minority Students

Financial Aid for Minority Students

We have updated our Out-of-State Scholarship Grid

We’ve recently made changes to our out-of-state scholarships, which is effective for students starting as freshman in fall 2018. The new scholarships are partial tuition waivers and will vary based on the student’s actual tuition.

Admitted students have already received a letter with their new scholarship amount. If you have students who are interested in KU and have not yet applied, encourage them to apply and we will award to students who apply and meet the criteria.

KU Excellence
30 ACT/1390 SAT +3.75 HS GPA
$64,336 ($16,084/yr)
Equivalent to paying in-state tuition

KU Distinction
28 ACT/1310 SAT + 3.5 HS GPA
$54,320 ($13,850/yr) 
125% of in-state tuition

KU Achievement
24 ACT/1160 SAT +3.25 HS GPA:
$44,308 ($11,077/yr) 
150% of in-state tuition


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The Independence Foundation Scholarship site has been updated and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. All forms and application materials needed to fill out each of the scholarships are available by CLICKING HERE and are to be filled out electronically and printed. Completed applications should be stapled together. 

Click on individual scholarships listed on the Foundation website and READ the directions carefully when filling out applications:

  • essays and autobiographies should be between one and two pages and double spaced
  • transcripts can be processed and printed out by Mrs. Adams in the counseling center after 1st semester grades have been entered
  • requests for letters of recommendation should be made at least two weeks in advance and you should provide the individual with a student information form which is embedded in the Scholarship Presentation and is also available in the counseling center
  • some scholarships are dedicated towards certain schools or students of particular interests so again READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY 
  • All applications will be due to the counseling center by February 13th at 3pm and will be accepted starting February 1st, 2019



The Phil Roberts Scholarship will be awarded to several worthy graduates of Eastern Jackson County high schools who would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree with a major in business, science or mathematics.  Three applicants may be selected each year with a preference for music or performing arts as a major field of study.  The scholarship is for $1,000 per semester or $2,000 per year.  The applicant must attend one of the following institutions:

  • University of Missouri - Columbia

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City

  • Metropolitan Community Colleges (located in Jackson County)

  • Missouri State University – Springfield

  • University of Central Missouri– Warrensburg

  • Northwest Missouri State University – Maryville

  • Truman State University – Kirksville

  • Missouri Western State University – St. Joseph

  • Missouri Southern State University – Joplin

The students will be selected on the following criteria:

  1. Certification by the applicant that he or she is a non-user of tobacco, alocholic beverages, or drugs in any form.

  2. Demonstrate financial need.  Financial need is to be construed as including the financial condition and resources of the parents or guardians of the applicant.

  3. Demonstrate evidence of academic ability to successfully complete goal.

  4. Demonstrate the desire and determination to persevere in attaining a stated goal.

  5. Demonstrate meritorious character and leadership potential.

  6. The applicant must declare a preference for a major in business, science, mathematics, and one applicant may be selected each year with a preference for music or the performing arts.  Students should respond in writing to these questions and submit the response along with the application and signed statement.

‚ÄčThis scholarship is not available to students whose parents or relatives are employees or have been employees of the Independence School District or any other school district, except beginning in 2014 and continuing thereafter, Independence School District students, whose parents are not supervisory employees of the District and are employed as bus drivers or food service employees, said students may apply for two Phil Roberts Scholarships available to them.

Please complete and submit all forms to:

Phil Roberts Scholarship
Attn:  Annette Miller
201 North Forest Avenue
Independence, Missouri 64050

If you have any questions contact Annette Miller (

Failure to complete the application fully or to omit required material may result in not being considered for the scholarship.                        

Click below for all electronic application forms:
Phil Roberts Scholarship Application
Phil Roberts Release Form
Phil Roberts Scholarship Financial Need Application
Phil Roberts Non-User Agreement

Phil Roberts Criteria Page



The Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution MSSDAR is fortunate to offer the following scholarships in the link below. Applicants must be a United States citizen, A Missouri resident and attend a Missouri university or college EXCEPT for the Roberta Casteel Capps Scholarship whose recipients may attend the university or college of their choice. All scholarships are paid directly to the university or college after their enrollment is verified. All applications are due to the State Scholarship Chair postmarked no later than January 1, 2019.


Please contact Donna Hicks Medley the Scholarship Chair with any questions:

Donna Hicks Medley
316 Troy Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109



The 2019 KC Scholars Scholarship Application opens January 1st!!!

To help you prepare, please refer to the following 2019 application checklists:

The 2018 KC Scholars essay prompts will be posted on the KCS website on January

As a reminder, essays are one part of the application and must be completed in the online application portal.

Digital copies of all the KC Scholars 2018 marketing materials are located on the KC Scholars website under the Marketing Tools tab. This also includes a FAFSA4caster guide and PowerPoint presentations that you can utilize. 



The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship

The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship was created by Junior Service League of Independence to honor the memory of First Lady of the United States, Bess Wallace Truman, who was active in many community service organizations in Independence.


  • Must be a current resident of Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be a female graduating high school senior attending public, private or home school;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated academic merit with minimum GPA of 2.5, community service experience, school involvement and financial need;
  • Must NOT be a daughter, granddaughter or stepdaughter of a Junior Service League member.


Up to $2,000 per academic year.


Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding at $1,000 per academic year. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment, continuing community service and a minimum college GPA of 2.5.


New applications must be submitted by February 13, 2018.

Truman Heartland Scholarship Page


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