2019 Application | Missouri Courage Scholarship
Due March 31st, 2019 - Missouri Courage Scholarship (MCS) and our partner organizations will be awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from Missouri high schools pursuing higher education. Applications will be comprehensively evaluated on a variety of metrics including academic achievement, school involvement, community engagement, diversity, demonstrations of courage, and commitment to enhancing the lives of LGBTQ individuals and working toward social justice. Scholarships will be paid directly to the accredited college/university/vocational school of their choice, where they must be enrolled as a full-time student. Applicants' information will only be shared with scholarship committee members of MCS and partner organizations.

MCS has awarded over $40,000 since 2016. Awards range from $1000-$3000. If you have questions or difficulty accessing the application, please email admin@courage-scholarship.org. MCS may request additional information to help us determine final award recipients (e.g., transcript, FAFSA information, etc).

2019 MCS Awards:

Missouri Courage Award (MCA) is dedicated each year to a Missouri student who has either demonstrated their commitment or shows great potential to work for change in their community that advances the lives of LGBTQ people and other social justice causes.

Rural Courage Award (RCA) is intended for students residing in rural Missouri communities who meet the MCA award qualifications. Students from Dent County, Missouri will be given preference in the RCA selection process.

Trans Courage Award (TCA) is dedicated each year to a transgender or non-binary student and meets the MCA award qualifications.

GLSEN Greater Kansas City Award is dedicated to a student from the Greater Kansas City Area.

To learn more about the awards and eligibility, visit http://courage-scholarship.org/Scholarships.

Are you a Missouri resident? *
MCS awards are only available to seniors graduating from a Missouri high school.
Student Information
First name *
Your answer
Last name *
Your answer
Preferred name, if applicable
Your answer
Email Address *
MCS communicates with applicants and award recipients via email, so please provide an address that you check often.
Your answer
Phone Number *
What's the best number to reach you?
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Address Line 1 *
Where you live currently
Your answer
Address Line 2
Where you live currently
Your answer
City *
Where you live currently
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Zip Code *
e.g., 65560
Your answer
In what Missouri county do you live? *
e.g., Cass County; Residents of St. Louis city can put STL City
Your answer
What Missouri high school will you be graduating from this year? *
e.g., Salem High School
Your answer
What is your current cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)? *
e.g., 3.15
Your answer
What GPA scale does your high school use? *
Most use a 4.0 scale. If you don't know, ask your guidance counselor or a teacher
Your answer
Please describe your gender and sexuality: *
(e.g. gay trans man, pansexual genderqueer, lesbian woman, straight cisgender woman, etc.)
Your answer
Please describe your racial/ethnic identity(ies):
(e.g. Black/African American, Asian American, Mixed, Caucasian, etc.)
Your answer
College/University Information
Please provide information about the college or university that you plan to attend. MCS requires applicants to be graduating from a Missouri high school, but MCS awards can be used at any accredited college, university, or technical/trade school in the U.S.
What college or university are you planning to attend this Fall? *
e.g., University of Missouri - Saint Louis
Your answer
What degree will you be pursuing? *
What is your intended major in college? *
If you don't know, that's ok! Just type "undecided"
Your answer
Have you completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? *
Not sure how to fill out the FAFSA form? Feel free to contact us at admin@courage-scholarship.org for resources.
Involvement
Please provide information on your campus and community involvement.
Please list the school clubs/organizations you've been involved in, how long you've been involved, and any leadership positions you've held in those organizations
e.g., Science Club, Fall 2015-Spring 2018, treasurer 2016-17 and president 2017-18
Your answer
Please list your community involvement outside of school, how long you've been involved, and any positions you've held in those organizations
e.g., Little Paws Animal Shelter, 1 year, dog walker/general volunteer
Your answer
Essays and Short Answers
Applicants' answers to the following questions are weighted most heavily in the application review process. Applications undergo a blind evaluation by scholarship committee members after identifying information (e.g., applicant name, etc) is removed. Please note that identifying information mentioned in essays will not be removed.
ESSAY 1: Courage takes on many different shapes and meanings to each of us. What does courage mean to you and how have you demonstrated courage on behalf of yourself or others? *
Max 400 words
Your answer
ESSAY 2: Positive change that leads to equality and social justice takes time and requires each of us to do our part. How have you enhanced the lives of LGBTQ people and worked toward social justice? What specific knowledge, skills, and abilities do you have or want to develop that can be used to address social inequities and systemic challenges? *
Max 400 words
Your answer
SHORT ANSWER 1: If you could change or create one Missouri law, what would it be and why? *
Max 100 words
Your answer
SHORT ANSWER 2: In your own words, what does it mean to be a "good citizen" in 2019? *
Max 100 words
Your answer
Outreach
MCS strives to reach students in every corner of the state. So that we can improve our outreach efforts, please answer a few quick questions.
How did you hear about the MCS Scholarship? *
Please choose all that apply
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Do you currently like MCS on Facebook? *
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