CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 24, 2003 — Missouri students graduating in 2004 have a significantly improved chance of earning scholarship dollars at Southeast Missouri State University, thanks to the introduction of the President’s Plus Scholarship. In addition, Southeast has increased the value and expanded the eligibility of its President’s Scholarship program.
Southeast’s improved scholarship program could earn a student with a 23 or higher composite ACT score as much as $3,000-$3,500 during their first year of college, said Debbie Below, director of enrollment management and admissions at Southeast Missouri State University.
“That’s up from last year, when the same student would have earned just $2,000,” she said.
Below added that award amounts vary based on the student’s ACT score, class rank, and whether or not the student will be living on campus.
“The new and improved Southeast scholarship program targets the core of the Southeast student body,” Below said. “Southeast has successfully enrolled a freshman class with an average ACT score of 23, well above the national average. The President’s Plus and President’s scholarships will make college more affordable for hundreds of Southeast students. And, with the scholarship paying more of the cost of education, students will feel less pressure to work an excessive number of hours while attending college and will be able to graduate with less student loan debt than similar students attending other colleges.”
Under the new President’s Plus Scholarship, eligible students must have a 26 or higher composite ACT score and a 3.5 high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale or rank in the top 20 percent of their class. The scholarship is valued at $2,500 annually, which may be combined with a one-time $1,000 Missouri Leadership Award, for a possible $3,500 total award, Below said.
Under the improved President’s Scholarship program, eligible students must have a 24 or higher composite ACT score and a 3.5 high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale or rank in the top 20 percent of their class; a 23 or higher composite ACT and rank in the top 10 percent of their class; or a 21 or higher composite ACT score and be the class valedictorian. The expanded President’s Scholarship is valued at $2,000 annually, which may be combined with a one-time $1,000 Missouri Leadership Award, for a possible $3,000 total award, Below said.
In addition to the President’s and President’s Plus Scholarships, Southeast continues to offer its most prestigious scholarships: the Regents’ Scholarship, which pays 100 percent of incidental fees, and the Governor’s Scholarship, “a near full-ride” scholarship, she said.
“The Southeast scholarship program is one of the best in Missouri for more reasons than one,” Below said.
First, all merit awards are automatic, meaning any student who meets the academic requirements will automatically receive the scholarship, provided they apply by the deadline, she said. Second, merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, alerting all Southeast admitted students to their scholarship opportunities immediately. And third, students who have been involved in extracurricular activities in high school may earn leadership awards to offset $500 to $1,000 of their first-year room and board expenses, she said. The President’s and President’s Plus scholarships can be combined with the Missouri Leadership Award at a value of $1,000.
“All Southeast merit scholarships can be renewed for up to four years if a student maintains a grade point average of 3.5 at Southeast and completes 30 Southeast credit hours a year,” Below said.
The deadline for all of Southeast’s merit scholarships is Dec. 15. Students must apply for admission by this date to be considered for a merit scholarship.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (573) 651-2590.