For students entering in the 2013-2014 Academic Year
Although students are considered for admission on a rolling basis throughout the
year, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and submit a
resume/activity list by December 1
order to ensure priority scholarship consideration. There
is no separate scholarship application for University awards, unless otherwise
Candidates may be
eligible for consideration for multiple awards, although scholarship assistance
is primarily intended to assist with tuition expenses at Truman.
Freshman applicants are automatically considered for the Combined Ability Scholarship and the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship based upon cumulative high school GPA and class rank at the time of application with subsequent improvements considered through receipt of the final high school transcript. College entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT) through the April test date of a students senior year will be considered, as well.
Accepted applicants are notified of their automatic scholarships in their official acceptance letter from Truman.
All automatic awards are renewable according to the renewal procedures detailed below.
Combined Ability Scholarship
This scholarship is automatically awarded to admitted freshmen who meet the specified academic parameters.
Eligibility is calculated by adding high school rank percent or GPA percent (whichever is higher) to the national percentile on the ACT or SAT.
Award levels are determined according to the scale outlined on the Combined Ability Scholarship Chart below.
Truman has no separate scholarship application, unless otherwise noted. The materials submitted with the admission application are reviewed in the competitive scholarship selection process. Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply for admission and submit a resume/activities list by
December 1. University funded scholarship assistance is primarily intended to assist with tuition.
Most scholarship recipients are notified via mail of their selection by mid- to late-March, and the process is on-going until all awards have been distributed. Full financial aid package information, including federal, state, and Truman funded need-based assistance is provided on an on-going basis after March 1 as details are finalized.
Competitive scholarships are renewable according to the renewal guidelines detailed below.
Other Scholarship Programs
Please note that Truman participates in the following scholarship programs.
- Foundation Scholarships
Qualifications: Unique criteria for each award established through monetary gifts from alumni and friends of the University.
Award: Varying amounts awarded competitively based upon specified criteria. Some foundation awards are non-renewable.
- Truman State University MOST Scholarship
A limit of 15 scholarships are awarded annually to students whose families participate in Missouri's 529 Savings Plan (MOST). Recipients of these $500 awards will be selected based upon financial need as determined by federal financial aid guidelines. To be considered for the Truman State University MOST Scholarship, a student must:
Interested students must apply annually for this scholarship and can receive this scholarship for up to four years. The application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is April 1, 2013. Truman reserves the right to make changes to this program as deemed necessary by the University. For further information please contact Truman's Financial Aid Office at 660-785-4130 or
- Dollars for Scholars
As a Collegiate Partner of Citizen's Foundation of America (CSFA) and the Dollars for Scholars Family of community scholarship foundations, Truman agrees that Dollars for Scholars awards of up to $2,500 per student will not adversely affect scholarship funding by Truman State University. Contact Dollars for Scholars at 800-248-8080.
- SPECTRA Program Scholarship
The NSF-funded SPECTRA (Scientists Prepared, Enriched, and Challenged Through research-based Activities) program will provide many $1400+ scholarships to incoming Truman students who are interested in and take major-level introductory classes in biology, chemistry, or mathematics to fulfill LSP requirements. Students from all majors are eligible for these scholarships. Go to
step.truman.edu/spectra for more information.
Scholarship Renewal Guidelines
Students earning a cumulative Truman GPA of 3.25 or above while completing at least 24 hours of credit per academic year may renew all academic scholarship(s) by completing scholarship renewal service. Renewal of scholarships for students earning a cumulative Truman GPA below 3.25 is subject to available funding.
% of Original Scholarship Amount
|3.25 or higher
- Scholarship renewal service of 60 hours per semester (less than 5 hours per week) begins in the sophomore year. Renewing students explore
TruPositions for opportunities to serve or submit proposals for their service projects. Examples of service include research for a faculty member in your academic major, providing support to a University office, a special project related to an interest area, or assistance in a community non-profit organization.
- Scholarship renewal service is required of students receiving more than $1,250 per semester ($2,500 per year) in Truman scholarship(s).
- Students opting not to perform scholarship renewal service may renew one half of their approved scholarship amounts.
- Scholarship renewal is determined at the end of the academic year based upon Truman GPA. Transfer hours are not credited toward scholarship renewal.
- Scholarship can be renewed, but not lost, because of Truman summer coursework. GPA including summer coursework will be calculated following the second summer session.
- Unless otherwise stated, scholarships awarded to beginning freshmen can be used for up to eight semesters. Length of potential scholarship eligibility for transfer students is based on number of transferable credit hours.
- Students who increase their Truman GPA (either to renewal range or to a higher level of renewal percentage) after any term of enrollment, should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding potential change in their renewal status.
- Students who do not meet renewal requirements should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding potential eligibility for other forms of assistance.
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Scholarship Information for incoming first-year students who entered Fall 2012 or plan to enter Spring 2013 is available by