Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship

The Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy, is designed to provide scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and who need additional funding for higher education. We are looking for leaders on Missouri college campuses and/or in the community! This scholarship supports candidates who demonstrate leadership, character and academic performance. This program is open to students who started higher education right after high school as well as adult learners who are now pursuing or returning to complete a degree. 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.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of academic performance, campus/community involvement, leadership potential, and character. Unmet financial need will also be considered.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Missouri resident.
  • Be an undergraduate second, third, or fourth year student attending an eligible Missouri public or private higher education institution for the 2024-2025 academic year. Click here to see eligible schools list.
  • Be enrolled full-time, unless enrolled in final semester prior to degree completion.
  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the school.
  • Generally, a cumulative college GPA of 2.50 or higher is required.
  • Student’s SAI range as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will factor into decision. Unmet need will also be a factor.

This application requires one recommendation. The recommendation should be from an instructor, counselor, advisor, current or recent supervisor, community leader, or other similarly qualified individual. Your application may not be considered if the recommendation is not submitted.

Award recipients will be notified by mid-July 2024.

This scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three years. Recipients must continue to meet the eligibility requirements, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50, demonstrate continued campus/community involvement, and otherwise maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by your school.

Click here for detailed information about the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

If this award is used for educational expenses that are not required for your academic program, such as housing, meals or transportation, your scholarship may be considered taxable income. You should consult your tax advisor about your specific situation.
If awarded the scholarship, the amount may be reduced if your unmet need (i.e., your Cost of Attendance minus other scholarships and grants) is less than the scholarship.
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.

Questions? Contact info@moslf.org or 636.733.3712.

Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation
varies, up to $5,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. This scholarship is for students who will attend an eligible Missouri public or private higher education institution. Click here to see a list of eligible schools. What school will you attend next year?
  2. What is your Student ID number at the school you will attend next year?
  3. Are you a first generation college student (neither of your parents graduated from a 4-year college or university)?
  4. Does your My Scholarship Central General Application contain your most recent official or unoffical transcript?
  5. What was your cumulative GPA at the end of the last semester?
  6. Upload your 2023-2024 Student Aid Report (SAR).
  7. What is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? The EFC can be found on the Student Aid Report (SAR).
  8. Upload your 2023-2024 Financial Aid Award letter.
  9. 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
  10. This award is named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy. Mr. Purdy’s career was dedicated to helping others. He believed in hard work, perseverance, and the power of education. Mr. Purdy demonstrated leadership throughout his career, and he made an impact on higher education which is still relevant today. Detail how you demonstrate leadership on your campus and/or community. Describe what you believe it means to be a leader.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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