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Scholarships are a type of aid you do not have to repay and are awarded based on merit (skill or ability), financial need or other factors. They are available through the University as well as external foundations and organizations.

UHSP offers scholarships based on merit, participation in scholars programs and intercollegiate athletics, as well as donor-funded scholarships.  

Institutional Merit Scholarships 

These are awarded by the University based on a student’s academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership experience and other accomplishments. 

Athletic Scholarships 

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), students have the opportunity to earn athletic scholarships while pursuing their academic endeavors. 

All student athletes at UHSP receive an athletic scholarship.

Scholars Programs

Through the UHSP scholars programs, students incorporate an area of interest (community service, research, health equity, leadership, pharmacy) into their academic experience and receive additional financial support – ranging from $2,000 up to full tuition. 


Grants are awarded based on financial need, as determined by your FAFSA, and do not have to be repaid. The federal government is the largest source of need-based grants in addition to funding through the state of Missouri and UHSP. These can include: 

  • Federal Pell Grant 
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant 
  • Access Missouri Grant 
  • Missouri Bright Flight 

External sources

External scholarships are granted by local, regional and national foundations, businesses, charitable organizations, civic organizations and churches. For first-time, first-year students, high school guidance counselors are often a good resource to help identify these opportunities.  

Start researching early and take advantage of applying during “scholarship season” (November-March of your senior year).

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The scholars program has helped me grow as a person. I have been offered many unique leadership opportunities and now serve as a mentor to younger scholars. It is a great way for students to reach out and do something different, learn more about themselves and get to know members of the community.


For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 314.446.8167 or