The Missouri School of Journalism provides the world’s first and foremost journalism education to students from across the world.  As such, we are proud to offer a robust scholarship program for our incoming and returning students, offering both merit-based and need-based awards.

Each year the J-School has more than $2 million available in undergraduate and graduate scholarship and student support funding.  

How to apply for journalism scholarships

Scholarships are education funds that do not have to be repaid. In addition to the automatic and competitive scholarships offered at the campus level, the Missouri School of Journalism has departmental scholarships available specifically for J-School students. To be considered, complete the following steps:

1. Complete your FAFSA by the priority deadline of January 7 to be considered for need-based aid.

  • Visit MU Student Financial Aid and follow the instructions to log into ScholarshipUniverse.
  • Make sure you select the Missouri School of Journalism as your academic unit in ScholarshipUniverse. Answer as many of the matching questions as you’re able to complete.
  • If you have any issues/questions with ScholarshipUniverse, contact MU Student Financial Aid.

2. Eligibility is based on a review of the following factors:

  • Merit (academic achievement, skills, leadership qualities, community service, etc.)
  • Need (financial need, hardship, etc.)
  • Special Characteristics (ethnicity, place of residence, intended major, etc.)


  • If you are an incoming freshman or first-time college student, you will access ScholarshipUniverse via your Application Status Page after you submit your application for admission.
  • Answer as many of the ScholarshipUniverse matching questions as you can.
  • Searching for “MU Student Financial Aid General Scholarship Application” and “Missouri School of Journalism” is a shortcut to filling out applications that qualify you for hundreds of Mizzou scholarships. Do this first.
  • When given a chance to share information about yourself, please do. Especially important:
    • Essay for scholarship impact
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Awards and honors
    • Work/volunteer experience
    • Contributions to community
    • Special attribute(s)/accomplishment(s)
  • Certain scholarships require Missouri residency – information on how to establish Missouri residency can be found via the MU Office of the University Registrar.

Please note

If a Missouri School of Journalism scholarship recipient changes enrollment to another university or another college within MU, the scholarship will be rescinded. All scholarships, grants, and financial resources you receive are subject to being reduced if the combined total reaches your maximum Cost of Attendance. For more information about financial aid, visit the MU Student Financial Aid website.

Scholarship deadlines

First-time college students

Deadline: December 1

Continuing and transfer students

Deadline: Jan. 7


Mizzou’s FAFSA Code: 002516

FAFSA available:
October 1

Priority deadline:
January 7