2021 Hesburgh Scholarship

About the Scholarship

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.  Nominations are now being accepted. Due date for completed packet is March 31st by 5pm.  Please read application thoroughly to ensure all materials are received as specified.

MU community,

I am pleased to invite application and nominations for the 2021 Hesburgh Awards for Student Academic Achievement, an award through the General Education Program. The TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Endowment Fund enables MU’s General Education Program to award four $1,000 academic achievement scholarships to one student from each of the four undergraduate classes every spring.  Students may apply for these awards or be nominated by a faculty member.  Nominations and application packets are due March 31st by 5 p.m.

Eligibility guidelines and application/nomination requirements are described in detail under the “Requirements & Guidelines” section of this 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.

Applications and supplemental submission forms for this scholarship are available online at generaleducation.missouri.edu. Winners will be determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies & eLearning. Recipients will be notified via email.

Sincerely,

Jim Spain, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies & eLearning

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 the current academic year.

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.

Click on each heading for requirements

Freshmen – 1-30 hours

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 – 31-60 hours

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 – 61-90 hours

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 – 91+ hours

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)

All letters of nomination/support must be sent by the recommender/faculty member to generaleducation@missouri.edu by March 31st at 5 p.m. Letters must be a scanned signed copy.

Winners will be determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies & eLearning. Recipients will be notified via email.

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