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General Education

University of Missouri

2017 Hesburgh Scholarship

I am pleased to invite application and nominations for the 2017 General Education Program/Hesburgh Awards for Student Academic Achievement. The TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Endowment Fund enables MU’s General Education Program to award each spring four $1,000 academic achievement scholarships to one student from each of the four undergraduate classes. Students may apply for these awards or be nominated by a faculty member.

Qualifications and documentation vary for each category of applicant/nominee. Undergraduate class is determined by the Registrar’s definition presented below:

  • 1-30 hours = Freshmen
  • 31-60 hours = Sophomore
  • 61-90 hours = Junior
  • 91+ hours = Senior 

Hours completed include AP, dual-enrollment, CLEP, and transfer hours. Select your undergraduate class based on hours completed/credited as of January 1, 2017.

Eligibility guidelines and application/nomination requirements are described in detail on the next page. The essay should describe your most meaningful academic experience at MU. Does it involve research, teaching, both, or something else? Essays will be judged on substantive content, clarity, originality, effective order and presentation, skillful development of ideas, and correct grammar and punctuation.

Download the Application (PDF)

All application materials must be received in 128 Jesse Hall by April 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. Recipients will be notified via email and must confirm availability for special awards ceremony to be held in late April.

Eligibility Requirements and Application/Nomination Guidelines

Freshmen

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • An “A” range grade in any 3-hour GEP course, or equivalent transfer course

Application/Nomination Guidelines

  • Current resume that includes a list of activities and honors (2 page maximum)
  • Student academic profile
  • Letter of nomination or support from 1 teacher
  • An essay of 2-3 pages (typed and double-spaced)

Sophomores

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA
  • An “A” range grade in any two GEP courses, or equivalent transfer course(s)

Application/Nomination Guidelines

  • Current resume that includes a list of activities and honors (2 page maximum)
  • Student academic profile
  • Letter of nomination or support from 1 teacher
  • An essay of 2-3 pages (typed and double-spaced)

Juniors

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.3 Cumulative GPA
  • An “A” range grade in any three GEP courses, or equivalent transfer course(s)

Application/Nomination Guidelines

  • Current resume that includes a list of activities and honors (2 page maximum)
  • Student academic profile
  • Letter of nomination or support from 1 teacher
  • An essay of 3-4 pages (typed and double-spaced)

Seniors

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 3.4 Cumulative GPA
  • An “A” range grade in any four GEP courses, or equivalent transfer course(s)

Application/Nomination Guidelines

  • Current resume that includes a list of activities and honors (2 page maximum)
  • Student academic profile
  • Letter of nomination or support from 1 teacher
  • An essay of 3-4 pages (typed and double-spaced)