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Investing in Future Alumni

The Mizzou Alumni Association awards more than $500,000 in scholarships each year.

Lee portrait

Heon Lee

Heon Lee has been on campus — in the United States, actually — only since July 2015, but he already knows some time‐honored Mizzou traditions. The economics doctoral student speaks in hushed tones as he passes under the Memorial Union archway, and he isn’t quite sure he wants to walk across the shamrock outside the College of Engineering.

It helps that he has support from the Mizzou Korean Alumni Association, the largest alumni chapter outside the U.S., with more than 1,000 graduates. In addition to teaching him how to M‐I‐Z, the alumni association awarded Lee a tuition waiver, plus a $6,000 scholarship.

The Mizzou Korean alumni chapter’s endowed scholarship is just one example of the Mizzou Alumni Association’s (MAA) expanded scholarship offerings. In 2015, MAA awarded more than $500,000 in scholarship funds, an amount that has more than doubled over the past 10 years, says Stephanie Heffernan Anderson, BS BA ’08, MBA ’10, assistant director of alumni engagement.

Through the Alumni Scholars Program, MAA awards scholarships not only to high‐achieving students but also to legacy students, True Tiger Network students, international students and traditionally underrepresented students. The alumni association also has increased the number of scholarships for current students.

Scholarships for entering freshmen include:
• Robert “Red” Graham Scholarships
• Chapter Scholarships
• True Sons & Daughters Legacy Scholarships

Scholarships for returning students include:
• True Tiger Scholarships
• Global Tiger Scholarships
• Diversity in Leadership Scholarships
• Entsminger Scholarship
• Regional Chapter Scholarships
To be considered for an MAA scholarship, incoming students should complete the MU annual scholarship application by Dec. 15. Current students should complete the returning scholarship application by March 1. For more information, visit