The Distinguished Scholars Award is Missouri S&T’s most prestigious scholarship for incoming freshman students from outside the state of Missouri. Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the Distinguished Scholars Award:
  • Have a GPA of 3.75 or better after six semesters.
  • Take the ACT or SAT test before December 1, 2021, and receive an ACT superscore of 29 or higher, or an SAT superscore of 1330 EBRW or higher.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident, living outside the state of Missouri.
  • Be a 2022 high school graduate.
  • Apply for admission to Missouri S&T no later than November 15, 2021
  • Complete the Distinguished Scholars Award application and submit the assigned essay by the deadline, December 1, 2021

Essay Instructions:

Each year, students considered for the Distinguished Scholars Scholarship must submit an essay on a designated topic. The 2022 Distinguished Scholars Scholarship essay topic is:


For over fifty years, people have attempted to mitigate the impact humanity has on the environment by recycling and reusing as much material as possible.  Write an essay describing the industries in which this effort has significantly benefited the environment, and industries that have fallen short.  Describe opportunities you will have at Missouri S&T to learn how to craft a more sustainable future.  Document the sources you used in developing your position.


Essay Requirements:
  • Your persuasive essay should be between 500 to 750 words maximum typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double spaced (excluding a bibliography page).
  • Your essay must use MLA style formatting; you must exclude your name and high school affiliation to maintain anonymity (you can put something generic on the title page, such as "future student" and your institution should be Missouri University of Science and Technology).
  • An abstract page is not needed.
  • Your reference page should include a minimum of three references.
Uploaded essays should be in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format.

The scholarship committee will judge essays based on the following:
  1. Purpose and theme
  2. Introduction and conclusion
  3. Organization and structure
  4. Research and documentation
  5. Language use and mechanics