Walter Williams Scholars

Walter Williams Scholars

The Walter Williams Scholars program is designed for the top tier of what is already an elite group. If you qualify, you will truly be the best among the best. The program is named in honor of the School’s founding dean, a Missouri newspaper publisher who went on to become president of the University of Missouri.

Qualifications: To be invited into the exclusive circle of top Walter Williams Scholars, incoming freshmen must first apply and be accepted to the MU Honors College.

  • Additionally, applicants must…
    • earn an ACT composite score of 33 or a combined SAT score of 1450 and
    • rank in the top 20 percent of the high school class (if the school ranks) or have a weighted Core GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Admission to the Walter Williams Scholars program is by invitation only.

Benefits: Walter Williams Scholars benefits include:

  • Additional renewable scholarship funds directly from the School of Journalism.
  • Placement in a special Freshman Interest Group, space permitting.
  • Assigned individual faculty mentors.
  • A $1,000 scholarship that can be used for School of Journalism global programs, including our New York or Washington programs. The scholarship can be used at any time before graduation.
  • Automatic admission to the one-year BJ/MA program at the School of Journalism, which allows students to complete their graduate degrees in one year rather than two. Admission is contingent upon the following criteria:
    • Maintenance of a 3.25 GPA in your journalism coursework and for your cumulative average, throughout your undergraduate career;
    • Submission of a complete MA application, including payment of the application fee, and with two (out of three) of your letters of recommendation from journalism faculty. You do not need to take the GRE.

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