Financial Assistance


Your college education will be one of the most important financial investments you make during your life. Scholarships are one way to pay for college, and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) offers you one of the strongest scholarship programs at MU.

Each year, CAFNR awardsnearly $1 million in scholarships; more than half of these is awarded to incoming freshmen. CAFNR scholarships also are available to transfer and continuing students, and many departments have scholarships specifically for their students. Awards range from $500 to $3,500 annually.

Entering freshmen who qualify for the MU Curators Scholar Award (requires an ACT composite score of 28 or higher and top 5 percent of your Missouri high school graduating class), and enroll as a CAFNR student, will automatically receive an additional $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three years.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

The scholarship deadline for entering freshmen is December 1 during your senior year in high school. Transfer and continuing students must submit their applications by Feb 1 to be eligible for consideration.

Plant Sciences Scholarships

*Scholarships marked with an asterisk are available to freshmen.

    • FFA Scholarships
    • Brownfield: Agriculture Scholarships
    • Clyde and Mina Ruth Brown Scholarship Fund
      For students in their third or fourth year of study in CAFNR. First preference is for residents of Audrain County, Mo. Second preference is for agronomy or agricultural economics majors. Consideration given to financial need, participation in University and community affairs and demonstrated academic achievement.
    • Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarship
      For upperclassmann or graduate students majoring in any aspect of horticulture. Based on scholarship and financial need.
    • Herschel J. Gaddy Scholarship in Agronomy
      For students majoring in plant sciences with an emphasis in agronomy. First preference is Saline County resident. Second preference is graduates of Fair Grove High School in Greene County.
    • David S. Geddis Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
      For upperclassmann undergraduate students majoring in horticulture, with an emphasis on floriculture.
    • Curtis Gregson Scholarship
      For students majoring in hotel and restaurant management or turfgrass management. First preference is to County Club of Missouri employees or immediate family.
    • *Harry W. Guengerich Scholarship Fund
      For undergraduate students in horticulture/plant sciences. Preference to incoming freshmen with a high school grade point average of 3.0 and financial need.
    • Leonard and Elosia Haseman Memorial Scholarship in Entomology
      For upperclass and graduate students majoring in entomology.
    • Russell Hellensmith Scholarship in Horticulture
      For students who graduated from a Missouri high school and are majoring in plant sciences with emphasis in horticulture. A 3.5 cumulative grade point average is required.
    • *Richard V. Lott Scholarship
      For students in horticulture who have financial need.
    • E. P. Meiners Centennial Scholarship in Entomology
      For graduate or undergraduate students who are majoring in entomology and entomological research.
    • Missouri Seedmen's Association Scholarship
      For upperclass students studying field crops; based on scholastic record and college activities.
    • Vincent A. Raaf Memorial Scholarship Fund
      For sophomores, juniors or seniors majoring in animal sciences or agronomy who are residents of Missouri counties Osage, Callaway, Cole or Moniteau.
    • Schroeder Apprenticeship
      For upperclass undergraduate students majoring in horticulture who are highly motivated with potential for career success. Student serves as apprentice to horticulture faculty member.
    • Philip C. and Ruth E. Stone Scholarship in Entomology
      For graduate or undergraduate students who are majoring in entomology.
    • Charles L. and Thelma F. Van Buren Scholarships
      For juniors or seniors who have special interest in farm management, agronomy, soil conservation, livestock production or human environmental sciences. Based on financial need as well as character, leadership and scholarship.
    • John Sam Williamson Family Scholarship
      For upperclass students majoring in agronomy and animal sciences.

Financial Aid

CAFNR also offers an in-house student loan program. Available only to CAFNR students, this program provides additional financial support.

Loans made through the program have a maximum repayment period of seven years; the interest rate is 8 percent. These loans are subsidized while you are enrolled, meaning no interest accrues until after you graduate or until your enrollment drops below half-time status.

For more information on the CAFNR Student Loan Program, contact the CAFNR Academic Programs Office at 573-882-8301 or toll-free at 888-682-2367.

For more information about financial aid, visit the MU Web site.

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