A scholarship is money for college that you will not be expected to repay. Scholarships can come from many sources, including the College or an outside entity. A student is limited to scholarships not to exceed the cost of attendance. It is the student's responsibility to provide the Financial Aid Office with information on all scholarships they expect to receive.

There are three types of scholarships awarded at Missouri Valley:

Institutional Scholarship Endowed Scholarships Outside Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships

Missouri Valley strives to make college affordable for all students by awarding academic, athletic, and talent based scholarships in addition to a number of other scholarships. 

Upon admission to Missouri Valley College, your Admissions Counselor will work with you to determine what scholarship offer will benefit you most. MVC scholarship offerings are applicable throughout the time a student is enrolled at the College.  In most cases, institutional scholarships may not be combined.  If a student is eligible for more than one award, the Admissions Office will offer the highest of the awards to the student. 

Missouri Valley College reserves the right to change scholarship amounts. A student's scholarship will change if they choose to move on-campus or off- campus. Students are encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor when making decisions that could affect their scholarship eligibility, such as moving off-campus, dropping below full-time enrollment, switching to online courses, or quitting a sport or activity. 

The scholarships listed below include the most common scholarships offered at MVC. Students are packaged with an institutional scholarship upon admission to Missouri Valley College. The scholarship offer that the student signs during the admissions process will typically remain awarded to the student while they are enrolled and cannot be changed to a different scholarship. Please keep in mind that, in many cases, these scholarships cannot be combined. Incoming students should discuss scholarship options with their Admissions Counselor. 

If you are a returning student looking for additional scholarship funds on top of the award you received as an incoming student, please see our Endowed Scholarships and our Outside Scholarships listings.

  Annual Amount Eligibility Criteria
MVC Resident/Commuter Scholarship Varies Must be accepted to MVC
Board of Trustees $5,000 A member of the Board of Trustees must recommend applicant prior to initial scholarship offer.
Alumni $1,000 New students only. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from an alumni of MVC prior to May 15th. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the Admissions Office. Six awarded annually. Student must live on-campus.
A+ Incentive Half Tuition Verification of A+ status. On-campus students only.
MO Boys State $10,000 Scholarship for MO Boys State participants. On-campus students only.
MO Girls State $10,000 Scholarship for MO Girls State participants. On-campus students only.
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance $5,000 Background in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 4H, Campfire, Goodwill Industries, Boys Club of America, Junior Achievement, American Red Cross or other nonprofit organizations are eligible. Letter of recommendation from organization is required prior to initial scholarship offer.
President's Contact Admissions Office:

27 ACT or higher and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1280 or higher. On-campus students only.

Renewal criteria: 3.0 GPA reviewed at the end of each academic year.

Top Scholar Contact Admissions Office:

3.5+ GPA or above and an AA Degree required. On-campus students only.

Renewal criteria: 3.0 GPA (reviewed at the end of each academic year)

Talent Varies Amounts are awarded based on students various talents include, but not limited to academics, fine arts, leadership and athletics.
Florence Patterson & W.Y. Lockridge Scholarship Full Tuition

Must be a graduate of Marshall High School and be recommended by either the principal or a guidance counselor. Selection for the recipient will be based on GPA, class rank, extracurricular and community involvement, and leadership experience. Student must also show financial need. Student must enroll full-time.

Applications are available annually in the Financial Aid Office by March 15th and are due by May 15th.

2017-2018 Lockridge Patterson Scholarship Application.

Renewal criteria: Must submit an application each year. 2.5 GPA and a full-time course load.

This scholarship is available to current and incoming students. Only one scholarship is awarded annually. This scholarship CANNOT be combined with any other institutional awards. Recipients will be repackaged with the Lockridge-Patterson award instead of any other MVC scholarships (including athletic).

Virginia Zank Scholarship (Writing Studies) $10,000

ACT 21 or higher (and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 976 or higher) and high school GPA 3.0.

Submit a 500-word essay describing your relationship to writing. What do you write? Why do you write? What are your writing goals for college? What are your writing goals after college? How will the Virginia Zank Scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Submit essays to Dr. Claire Schmidt ( in .pdf format. Applications are due by midnight on May 15, 2018.

Loren Gruber Scholarship (Literary Studies) $10,000

ACT 21 or higher (and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 976 or higher) and high school GPA 3.0.

Submit a 500-word essay about your favorite book, blog, poem, play, essay, or film. Explain how this text has influenced your goals for life before, during, and after college. How will the Loren Gruber Scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Submit essays to Dr. Claire Schmidt ( in .pdf format. Applications are due by midnight on May 15, 2018.

Drive 45 Scholarship Contact Admissions Office:

Open to all students attending a high school within 45 miles of the MVC campus.

High School graduates must enroll at MVC the semester following their high school graduation to be eligible.

Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time commuter status throughout their MVC academic career.

Students must enroll in either NP140 or NP240 during their first year of enrollment to fulfill the community service aspect of the scholarship.

Students have to meet the regular requirements for admission at Missouri Valley College. (18 ACT and 2.0 GPA)

Click here for the list of eligible schools.

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Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are available as a result of a gift from alumni and friends of Missouri Valley College. These scholarships provide invaluable educational access to students that otherwise may not be able to afford this academic opportunity and privilege. Many of these awards are available to students who meet specific criteria.

Certain scholarships have different application processes. Most scholarships are applied for via the Endowed Scholarship Application available in March and due every May 15th for the upcoming award year. Students are only allowed to apply for up to (5) five scholarships annually. Students must complete a separate application for each scholarship for which they apply. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • 2018-2019 Endowed Scholarship Listing and Application
    A listing of all available endowed scholarships. Use this listing to select up to (5) five scholarships for which you wish to apply. Make sure to read all eligibility criteria carefully. Applying for a scholarship for which you are not eligible will result in automatic denial.
    Print off an application for each scholarship you wish to apply for. A separate application must be completed for each scholarship. Attach any additional information to the application. Incomplete, late, and/or unsigned applications will not be accepted. You can only submit (5) five applications.

Return completed applications to the Financial Aid Office by May 16th. Again, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applications must be signed.

The following endowed scholarships have a different application process than those listed in the Endowed Scholarship Listing. Please follow the application instructions listed for each scholarship individually.
  Annual Amount Eligibility Criteria
Loren C. Gruber Endowed Honors Award Varies
(Maximum Award - $500)
Must be a current student in good academic standing in the MVC Honors Program and must have successfully completed an Honors Program thesis.

Applicant is selected by the Honors Program annually.


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Outside Scholarships

In addition to scholarships provided by Missouri Valley, students are encouraged to seek outside aid from other sources. We have listed a few outside scholarships that you can apply for through Missouri Valley. Additionally, we have provided links below to scholarships search websites where you can find and apply for additional aid. Please be advised: Read all the terms and conditions of each award carefully prior to applying for a scholarship.

Fast Web
Student Scholarship Search
Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae

  Annual Amount Eligibility Criteria
MVC Alumni Legacy Scholarship $500 Son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of an MVC alumni. A graduating high school senior. Earn a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities. Possess high standards of character. Must apply.
National Merit $250 - $2,500 Finalist in National Merit Competition.
Chamber of Commerce $300 Competition scholarships for students from Marshall High School or resident of Saline County. Only three awards available (2 traditional students, 1 non-traditional student). First-time students only.
Horatio Alger up to $21,300 Competitive scholarship sponsored by Horatio Alger Association/MVC. Must be National winner or runner-up to qualify.
National Presbyterian Varies Member of Presbyterian Church, National Scholarship Applicant postmarked no later than December 1.
Gwendolyn Allen Scholarship up to $6,000 awarded to multiple students Must be an African-American who has completed at least one semester at MVC with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. Applications may be picked up in the Office of Student Affairs.

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