Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship

The Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship from the Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation is named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy. This program provides merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and who have the need for additional resources for higher education. This scholarship supports candidates who demonstrate leadership, character and academic performance. Additionally, these students have a vision, are eager to make their contribution to the world and have the work ethic to bring their dreams to fruition. Awarded students will have the opportunity to renew for a total of up to 3 years.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of academic performance, leadership potential, and character. Selected students will be those who have a vision, are eager to make their contribution to the world, and have the work ethic to bring their dreams to fruition. Unmet financial need will also be considered.

Applicants must:

  • Be considered a Missouri resident by the institution.
  • Be an undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior attending a Missouri 4-year or 2-year higher education institution for the 2021-2022 academic year. Click here to see eligible schools list.
  • Be enrolled full-time and making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Generally, a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.
  • Student’s EFC range as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) will factor into decision. Unmet need will also be a factor.

This application requires one reference. The reference should be from an instructor, advisor, supervisor or other similarly qualified individual who can speak to instances where you have demonstrated leadership. Your application may not be considered if the reference is not submitted.

Award recipients will be notified by mid-July 2021.

For more information about this scholarship, click here to see the brochure.

Questions? Contact Taylor Grimm, Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation, at info@moslf.org or 636.733.3712.

The Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.

Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation
varies, up to $5,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your FALL transcript for the current academic year. The transcript should show your name, school, grades, and cumulative GPA. If you previously uploaded an earlier transcript, please upload a new transcript to your General Application and change your answer to the GPA question. If your college choice has changed, please update that on the General Application as well.
  2. STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR): Please upload a copy of your Student Aid Report. The SAR is the document resulting from the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be filed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once you have completed the FAFSA, upload your SAR here.
  3. What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? The EFC can be found on the Student Aid Report (SAR).
  4. Upload your 2023-2024 Financial Aid Award letter.
  5. We’re looking for college campus/community involvement. List all organizations you are currently involved in or hold leadership positions with. Do not include high school activities.
    • 1. Organization
    • 2. Dates of involvement
    • 3. Activities/role
  6. When answering the following, keep in mind the review committee is focused on leadership. Be sure to clearly note examples of how you have demonstrated leadership.
    • This award is named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy. Mr. Purdy came from humble beginnings and overcame many barriers to further his education and demonstrated leadership throughout his education and career. Detail how you demonstrate leadership on your campus and/or community. Describe what you believe it means to be a leader.
  7. RECOMMENDATION: Enter the name and email address of an instructor, counselor, current or recent supervisor, community leader, or other similarly qualified individual who will complete a recommendation questionnaire on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
  8. By entering my full name below, I authorize Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation (MSLF) and its agents to examine, verify and discuss my academic and/or financial records and other information which applies to the consideration of this application. Additionally, I authorize the school I currently attend and the school I plan to attend (if different) to share information with MSLF regarding enrollment status, GPA, billing and payment records, and financial aid records. I certify that all answers are accurate and truthful to the best of my knowledge. I understand that decisions relative to my participation in this program are made by the Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation in reliance upon the truth and accuracy of my statements. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, affords you certain rights regarding your education records. FERPA generally prohibits schools from releasing education records or certain information contained in such records, such as your grades, billing and payment records, financial aid awards, and other student record information, to third parties. This consent to release records to MSLF applies to such records that may otherwise be protected under FERPA. Institutions may, pursuant to Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 [Public Law 115-141] and with explicit written consent from the student, share Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information with a scholarship-granting organization. I understand and agree that this authorization will remain in effect until I notify my school and MSLF in writing to revoke it. I understand that if this grant is used for educational expenses that are not required for my academic program, such as housing, meals or transportation, the grant may be considered taxable income. I understand that I should consult a tax advisor if I have questions about my specific situation.
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