Bright Flight Scholarship Program

With the Bright Flight Scholarship Program, high school seniors with good grades can gain admission with scholarship to study in any of the collages in Missouri.

At the Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, the Missouri Higher Education Academic program is now available for Missouri resident and a United States citizen or permanent resident.

The bright flight scholarship Program award is a merit-based program that encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend full-time approved Missouri postsecondary schools.

With the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s development and emerging industry sectors, the Department of Higher Education supports and coordinates economic and workforce development initiatives to align training, certificate, and degree programs at 29 public college and university campuses in Massachusetts.

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Brief Description of Bright Flight Scholarship Program

  • University or Organization: Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: High school
  • Award: Multiple
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Nationality: United States citizen
  • The award can be taken in the United States

Minimum qualifications

  • Score in the top 3 percent of all Missouri high school students taking the ACT or SAT in their senior year
  • The minimum ACT is 31, and the minimum on the SAT is 780 math and 790 verbal
  • Enrollment in a qualifying Missouri institution the academic year following graduation from high school
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Missouri resident
  • Full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester)

Bright Flight Scholarship Program Eligibility

  • Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either: the top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests, or the top 4th or 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.
  • Enroll as a first-time student and receive the program in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, receipt of your General Education Development certificate, or completion of your secondary coursework, if home-schooled.
  • Enroll full time at a participating Missouri school. Full-time enrollment is defined as a minimum of: 12 semester hours, or 6 semester hours for students who are unable to enroll in 12 hours as a result of a disability defined by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Submit supplemental eligibility information, if requested, by the deadline established by the MDHEWD.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
  • Individuals who have graduated from Missouri’s virtual public school, have completed a home-school program or have obtained a certificate of high school equivalency by passing the GED exam may be considered for the opportunity program.

Award amount

Check with the Missouri Department of Higher Education

Application process

  1. The MDHEWD will receive your ACT or SAT composite score(s), along with approved Missouri college or university choices, from your ACT or SAT assessment records. It takes approximately six to eight weeks after each national test date for the MDHEWD to receive assessment information.
  2. Eligible students will receive approval letters from the MDHE for qualifying scores achieved by the June ACT and SAT test dates. Information about your eligibility status is also available by logging into the Student Portal.

Supporting Documents

For Bright Flight Scholarship Program, GED students must submit a copy of their GED certificate to: Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Attn: Bright Flight, P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an ACT or SAT composite score. There is no need to obtain a bright flight scholarship to complete the FAFSA.

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The program will provide awards as the following:

2018 High School Graduates:

  • Statutory Maximum Award: ACT Score 31 or above will get up to $3,000 and ACT Score 30 will get Up to $1,000.
  • Final Award: ACT Score 31 or above will get up $3,000 and ACT Score 30 will get Up to $0.

2021 High School Graduates

  • Statutory Maximum Award: ACT Score 31 or above will get up to $3,000 and ACT Score 30 will get Up to $1,000.
  • Final Award: ACT Score 31 or above will get up $3,000 and ACT Score 30 will get Up to $0.

The award can be renewed for up to 10 semesters per year or until you have completed a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

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Bright Flight Scholarship Program is renewable for an additional four years. Students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of 10 regular (fall or spring) semesters, or until receiving a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.

To remain eligible for the award, recipients must:

  • Remain continuously enrolled at MU for each regular (fall and spring) semester
  • Maintain a cumulative MU grade point average of 2.5 or higher