Get free money. 

Do we have your attention? Good. Each year, Southeast awards around $20 million in scholarships to promising students based on their academic achievement, select program participation and more.

All students who apply for admission to Southeast are automatically considered for scholarships. There is no separate application, no extra steps to pay.

We’ll notify you through the Southeast portal once scholarships are awarded. And don’t worry about paying them back. Scholarships are a type of gift aid that does not have to be paid back.

Most scholarships are renewable throughout your time at Southeast, provided you meet the minimum requirements for the specific scholarship you have been awarded.


  • 70%

    Students are eligible for the Copper Dome Scholarship.

    Copper Dome Scholarships are available to beginning freshmen and can range from $1,000 to $5,000. The best part? The value of the scholarship increases annually for students who meet certain renewal requirements.

  • $20M

    Awarded in academic and need-based scholarships

    When you apply to Southeast, we review your application for most of our scholarships automatically, and award Academic scholarships at the time of admission. Each year we award around $20 million in scholarships to deserving students.

  • $2.4K

    “Show me the money” in the Show-Me state.

    Score in the top 3 percent on the ACT or SAT and you may be eligible for the Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program (Bright Flight). In 2021, the estimated award for an ACT score of 31 or above was $2,400.

  • 0

    No limits in external scholarships.

    There are any number of scholarship opportunities beyond Southeast and the federal or state government. Secure funding from an external source to help earn a degree debt-free.

Types of Scholarships

Southeast Scholarships

Southeast offers a number of scholarships to its students every year. When you apply to Southeast, we automatically review your application for most of our scholarships and award academic scholarships at the time of admission.

State Scholarships

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development administers a number of state scholarships. You’ll need to complete the FAFSA in order to become eligible, but they can be a great source of additional funding.

External Scholarships

An external scholarship is a scholarship, or money received, from sources other than the federal/state government or Southeast. These can be a great option to help you fund your education debt-free.

Class of 2021, biology/biomedical sciences

"Having a scholarship will allow me to graduate debt-free and attend grad school without the pressure of paying off student loans."

Joseph Norman

Joseph Norman

Student Financial Services

We know your education and your future are top priorities, and at Southeast we’re doing whatever it takes to make a quality education financially possible. We understand you may be coming to the process with questions. We’re here to help and happy to guide you through it.

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