Regional and State Scholarships

  • Listed below is information on some of the more popular state and regional scholarships. While there may be a few national scholarships also listed, the majority of them may be found by looking on FastWeb or SallieMae. The scholarships listed on this page are not offered through Willard High School.  Applicants should click on the link for each scholarship and follow the corresponding directions. Please also check websites for specific deadlines. 
    Community Foundation of the Ozarks: You will need to select 'Scholarships' and then Willard from the drop down menu on the website.  
 This website contains a number of scholarships available to Missouri high school students
    Cappex: To assist students in finding merit-based scholarships
    Missouri Dept. of Higher Education:  A number of state sponsored scholarship programs are offered through the MDHE website including A+, Bright Flight, ACCESS Missouri, Minority, and other scholarships/grants. 
    Academy of Hair Design: Offers six $1000 and two $2500 scholarships. Deadline is typically mid March.
    Air Force ROTC Scholarship: Scholarship program for students interested in joining the Air Force and getting a college education. Deadline is typically Dec 1st.
    American Fire Sprinkler Scholarship Program:  Ten $2000 scholarships available to high school seniors.  Deadline is typically late March/early April. 
    American Legion Scholarships:  There are a number of scholarships available under this category for students who are descendants of a veteran.  Specifics on scholarships, including deadlines, additional criteria, and award amounts may be found by visiting the website. Although deadlines vary the typical deadline is mid April. Your counselor may have additional information.
    Arch City Granite Scholarship: $1000 Scholarship for students in Missouri or Illinois
    Association of Government Accountants Scholarship:  Available to students planning on majoring in an Accounting or Business Management related field. (Deadline typically March)  See your counselor for local scholarship forms.
    Athnet Sports Recruiting: $1,000 for an athletic scholarship. a 400-500 word essay describing how the lessons you have learned through playing sports have positively impacted you as you pursue your college education. Deadline typically June 1st 
    Ava's Grace Scholarship Foundation: Provides children of the incarcerated in the state of Missouri a chance to better themselves through education. 
    Better Business Bureau: Available for the class of 2019. Applications are due June 22, 2018.
    Bishop and Hayes: 10 - $3,000 scholarships available.
    Breakthrough Junior Challenge  This is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (5 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The winner will earn a $250,000 scholarship.
    Bright Flight Scholarships: This scholarship is available to students who typically test in the top 5% of all ACT or SAT scores in the nation.  Amounts vary yearly depending on the Missouri state budget.  
    Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: For students who plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.  Deadline is typically late February.
    Citizens Health Care Medical Excellence Scholarship:  Students planning on a career in a health care field are encouraged to apply.  Students who are awarded this scholarship must agree to work in a CMH facility for a time period following graduation.  Applications are typically due in February. 
    Christian Connector: Provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2500 scholarship drawing.  
    Conservation Foundation of Missouri Scholarship: CFMO offers 5 $1000 scholarships to high school seniors or undergraduates in different natural resources areas.  Preference will be given to those demonstrating financial need.  Applications are usually due by December 31. 
    DAR Scholarship Program:  The Daughters of the American Revolution offer a variety of scholarship opportunities to students. Applications can be accessed in the counselor's office.
    DECA Member Students:  Students that are in the Willard DECA club will want to check out this website for various scholarships from major corporations.  (January deadlines)
    Discover Student Loans Scholarship: giving away $100,000 in scholarships to high school and college students. Now through December 31, 2017, students are automatically entered to win a $2,500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college.
    Dr. Darrell "Jack" Holley/MUSIC scholarship:  Six $2000 nonrenewable scholarships will be awarded to students who graduate in 2018 from MUSIC (Missouri United School Insurance Council) member districts. (Willard is a member district.)  A high degree of leadership, high scholastic achievement, community service and school activities is expected.  WHS can nominate one student.  Ask your counselor if information from MUSIC has been received before January 1st.
    Ed Pinegar Scholarship: Available to MSU Agriculture majors after graduating from Willard High School. Considered based on high school academic performance and leadership. Directions to the scholarship are to use your MSU login, profile tab, find the Financial Aid Channel, select General and Department Scholarship Application Link. Deadline is May 1st (recommended by March 1).
    Ed Stegner Natural Resource Scholarship:  This scholarship was established to provide major financial aid to encourage and assist students in five areas of natural resource management: fisheries, forestry, wildlife, parks and recreation and soil and water conservation.  Click on the link below for more information.   Deadline to apply is typically December 31.
    Educational Community Credit Union: ECCU will award 2 $1000 scholarships to high school seniors.  Applicants must have their own ECCU account and plan to attend college in the fall following their senior year.  Contact your Credit Union for the application and for deadline information.
    Elks Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship:  Any high school senior is eligible.  Deadline is December 4th. Applications must be sent to: Springfield Lodge No. 409; 2223 East Bennett; Springfield, MO 65804. 
    Epsilon Sigma Alpha: Multiple scholarships are available for residence in the state of Missouri. There are different requirements for each scholarship. Applications must be sent no later than February 1. You may apply to up to three scholarships.  Included in this set of scholarships are general ones that most seniors would qualify for and then some very specific scholarships, such as for architecture, teaching, cancer survivor.
    Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) -- Americanism Essay Contest. You will write an essay to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country's youth. Visit the website and select the Americanism Essay Contest from the Events tab. Deadline is typically December 1.
    FFA : Multiple scholarships are sponsored through this site by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation. (February 15th)

    Frank O. Walstrand Memorial Scholarship: $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is a member of the CU Community Credit Union. Deadline is typically in March.

    The Gates Scholarship:  These scholarships are awarded to 300 top student leaders each year.  It is for Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors.  
    GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program - Leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship are the characteristics demonstrated by students who earn this scholarship.  More information can be found on the website. Deadline is typically early January. 

    Hammett, Bellin & Oswald Law & Justice $750 Scholarship Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application deadline is May 31, 2018. Only online applications will be accepted. 

    Injury Lawyers Scholarship - This scholarship is available for high school seniors and current college students nationwide who will be attending or currently attending a 4-year college/university or 2-year community college. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. One time award of $1,500. All applications must be submitted no later than 05/31. Scholarship specific to students who have been affected by a personal injury.
    James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship Program:  Offers scholarships to high school seniors in Missouri planning to attend a 4-year university with financial need and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Deadline is typically February 1st.

    Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to students nationwide in memory of Janice M. Scott, who perished during the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  Based on financial need, leadership, and an essay among other criteria. Checklist,  Application and Criteria. Deadline is typically March.

    JCI Senate Foundation and Missouri JCI Senate Scholarship: $1,000 for a graduating high school senior who plan to continue their education at a college, university or vocational school Missouri will give two $250 scholarships.

    John Dennis Scholarship: A total of sixteen $1000 scholarships will be presented to high school seniors across the state by the Missouri Sheriffs' Association.  Students must intend to major in Criminal Justice, plan to attend a Missouri college or university, and have a 2.0 GPA.  Application deadline is typically the end of January.
    John T. Belcher Memorial Scholarship:  The Missouri School Board Association is offering one $1000 regional scholarship and one $1500 scholarship to the state winner.  Each district may select one student to compete for the scholarship.  Forms may be picked up in the counseling center and turned back in no later than November 15 to give the school board significant time to select a candidate.  An essay is required. Available after Oct 15th.
    Junior Chamber International Scholarships:  The Missouri Junior Chamber International Senate is offering at least two $250 scholarships with the possibility of an additional $1000 scholarship.  Winners will be selected based on academics and leadership aptitude. The application deadline is typically mid December.
    Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors Scholarship:  For students planning to pursue an associates degree in Diesel Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Repair. Deadline is typically March 1st.  See your counselor after November for the application. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    Kids Chance Scholarship Program:  For students who have a parent who has been seriously injured or lost in a worker's comp related accident.   Application deadline is typically April.
    Kiwanis Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship: Based on academics, volunteering, Key Club involvement, and financial need. See your counselor for the application. Deadline to have everything submitted to the local Kiwanis club is January 15, 2017.
    Mary Riley Wolfe Memorial Scholarship:  Two scholarships totaling $2000 each.  Deadline for submission is usually March.  
    Mediacom Communications World Class Scholarship Program:  Offers $1000 non renewable scholarships to senior high school students in areas of 15 states where it conducts business in its North Central Division through its World Class Scholarship Program. The application deadline is typically the first part of February.
    Mensa Foundation through the Missouri Ozarks chapter:  Students need not be a member of Mensa to qualify, but must be a resident of the area of a participating local group of Mensa.  Students will write an essay of fewer than 550 words describing their goals.  Deadline is typically January 15.
    MFA Foundation Scholarship:  One area student will receive this $2000 scholarship.  Student must plan to complete a 4 year degree program.  Scholarship forms available in the counseling center in the spring. 
    Miller Engineering Scholarship- Interested in Engineering? Information regarding this scholarship and an online application is now available. The scholarship gives students field experience, which we find many new engineers in our field do not have. Our scholarship also offers wages for the summer internships they receive as part of our scholarship. 
    Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Companies: Eight $1000 scholarships will be awarded, one per district in the state of Missouri.  Students must submit an application covering family financial need, extracurricular and work activities, and a 75 word essay.  Deadline is typically March 1. 
    Missouri Dairy Scholars Scholarship: Minimum 2.5 GPA, Enrolled full-time at a two or four year college or university, must work on a dairy farm or have a dairy-related internship for at least three months for each year the student receives the scholarship, must commit to work in the Agricultural Industry in Missouri for at least two years for every one year the student receives the scholarship. Deadline: November 10th at 5pm. 
    Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation Scholarship: Deadline is typically October.
    Missouri Bankers Foundation Scholarship:  Available for seniors planning to major in a banking related field. Find the MBF Application here. A second scholarship is available with the EVERFIapplication. Deadline is typically March. 
    Missouri College of Cosmetology:  One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to fall graduates and one $1000 scholarship will be awarded to spring graduates. Contact the Missouri College of Cosmetology at 887-1501. Deadline is usually April.
    Eight $1000 Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) scholarships are available to 9-12th grade student-volunteers through the High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Scholarship Awards initiative.  All materials are typically due on or before March 1st.
    Missouri Corn Growers Association:  Students must live on a farm or in a rural area, planning to attend a Missouri college and major in agronomy or an agriculture related field.  You may obtain more information by going tothe website and clicking on the "Education" link.
    Missouri Courage Scholarship:  Last year the Missouri Courage Scholarship (MCS) awarded more than $10,000 to students from across the state who demonstrated their courage and commitment to LGBTQ+ people in their schools and communities. The deadline is March 31.
    Missouri Gaming Association: Students can enter posters, articles, or film that warns against underage gambling.
    Missouri Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship:  Available to students pursuing an insurance, risk management, or actuarial science course of study.  Four $1500 scholarships available. Deadline is typically March.
    Missouri Pork Association's Youth Pork Ambassador Program:  One $1000 scholarship will be given to a student who is involved in the pork industry or has a parent involved in the industry. Deadline is typically mid December.
    MO Society of Professional Engineers:  Three $3000 scholarships awarded to students entering the engineering field.  Visit the Community Foundations of the Ozarks website for more information (referenced above).  Deadline is typically the end of February.
    Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarship: For Missouri high school seniors. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair. One $2,500 supreme scholarship, thirty $1,000 scholarships, and seven $1,000 scholarships are being offered.
    Missouri Women's Golf Association Scholarship:  Available to girls who have played women's golf in high school. Applications must be postmarked by March.
    MSLF Access Extra Scholarship: This is a private scholarship for current high school seniors who are eligible for the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program and who have a 28 or higher on the ACT. The student must be attending a 4-year Access-eligible school. The award amounts will be $2000 ($1000 for each semester) beginning for the 2018-2019 school year. Eligible students will apply at, complete a common application, and upload a SAR and ACT report.
    National Farmers Scholarship:  Available to students planning on majoring in an agriculture related field. 

    National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship: Applicants for the scholarship must be members of the NWTF and are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, community involvement and commitment to conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage.  The application deadline is typically January 1. For more information on the scholarship program, contact the scholarship coordinator at the Wild Turkey Center by calling (800) THE-NWTF or emailing

    National Wildlife Federation:  Students may apply for scholarships of various amounts. Deadlines are typically January 1st.
    OPAA Kenneth Short Memorial Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship to a high school graduate. Essay and other materials required. Deadline is typically April.
    Ozark Scandinavian Society: $500 to the best 500 words or less essay about student's Scandinavian Heritage or a research type essay about the Scandinavian Influence in Southwest Missouri. Deadline is usually March. Email your essay to
    OTC Foundation - Paragon Fund ScholarshipRenews from Fall to Spring semesters. Award total dependent upon fund availability. Priority given to graduates of Willard High School. Applicant must have an OTC GPA of 2.5 or above and be enrolled in the Drafting and Design Technology program. 

    Patriot Guard Riders Scholarship: (1)   A son or daughter of one who has given their life in the line of duty, including both military and first responder (police/fire). (2)   A son or daughter of an honorably discharged veteran who has passed after their term of service. (3)   A son or daughter of a veteran or first responder disabled in the line of duty to the extent that providing an advanced education cannot be easily realized. Application Deadline: April. Questions may be addressed to: Robert L. Meeks, Chair, Patriot Guard Riders Scholarship Committee, 
    1. You must be a high school senior or college freshman from the United States. 
    2. You must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
    3. You must attach a student aid report showing income status of your household. 
    4. A transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature for application to be considered.
    The Recovery Village Health Care ScholarshipA $1,000 award will be given to a student pursuing a health-related degree program. Areas of study that will be considered include, but are not limited to, counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-abuse related field). Applicants must submit an essay no more than 500 words describing why they are passionate about health care, with a focus on substance abuse and mental health. Essays can draw from personal or professional experience. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
    Show-Me Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society Scholarship:  The Show-Me Chapter offers a $2000 scholarship for a high school senior, or undergraduate, planning to major in conservation or a natural resources-related field.  This is an essay contest.  Applications must be postmarked by November 30th (Monday after Thanksgiving).
    Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship:  $1500 - Additionally, an Award of Excellence- $2,500 renewable scholarship will be given to the top candidate. Deadline is usually February.

    Soroptimist International of Springfield, MO Violet Richardson Scholarship.  This scholarship recognizes young women between the ages of 14-17 who volunteers in activities especially those benefiting women and girls.  Amounts ranges from $250-$1000.  Email for an application.  Deadline is usually December 1.

    Soroptimist International of Springfield, MO:  $1500 will be awarded to a deserving young person based on financial need and educational goals.  Application deadline is the end of April.  

    Springfield Area Legal Support Professionals:  $400 scholarship is available. Deadline of February 21st, 2017.  
    Steeler Seaburn Memorial Wrestling Scholarship:  This fund will award scholarship money to Southwest Missouri area wrestlers who plan to continue their education while continuing their wrestling career in college. Application must be submitted by December 10 of each year.
    SuretyBonds Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program:  Each student must submit a 500-1000 word essay about "How small business ownership (personal, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian) has shaped you into the person  you are today."  Deadline is typically March.
    Through the Looking Glass Scholarship:  High School Seniors.  To be eligible, a student must be a high school graduate (or graduating senior), have at least one parent with a disability, and be planning to attend an accredited technical or vocational school or a two- or four-year college.  Those planning to attend a two- or four-year college should be pursuing an AA, AS, BA or BS degree.  Deadline is typically March.   
    United Energy Workers: This $1000 scholarship is available to any High School Senior. Deadline: 7/31/2018 
    Unigo: Networking tool that includes opportunities for several scholarships, information, search tools to help students make decisions. 
    WACE Advanding Cooperative & Work-integrated Education Scholarship Program: The National Co-op Scholarship Program only applies to ten Institutions, but more information can be found online. Deadline to apply is usually February.

    Whitetails Unlimited:  Students must write an essay about their interest in the outdoors; hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, etc.  Deadline for submission is typically April 1. Mus have a 3.0 GPA to apply. Send essay and transcript to Eldon Skinner PO Box 47 Purdy, MO 65734. Students are also encouraged to attend the annual banquet.

    Young Entrepreneur Award: Applications usually accepted between October 1 and December 18.

    Ziprecruiter Scholarship: A $3000 scholarship available to seniors with a June 30th deadline.