Every year scholars are asked to nominate a teacher who made a difference in their lives. Teachers are then invited to visit the Academy, attend afternoon sessions, have dinner with their student, and participate in evening programs. We are looking forward to recognizing all the fabulous teachers out there!

Nominated Teachers: please check in at the Mark Twain desk when you arrive.

ALUMNI DAY: Saturday, June 25

Alumni Day

2:00 pm – Alumni arrive at Middlebush Auditorium

3:00 pm – Big Group in Middlebush Auditorium

3:45-4:45 pm Afternoon Programming

  • TBA

4:45-6:00 pm  Dinner on own

7:15 pm Alumni Dance (Lowry Mall) 

FAMILY DAY: SUNDAY, June 26, 2022

Family Day. Scholars may be checked out as early as 8:00 AM.  Simply come to the Mark Twain Lobby and the RAs will help ensure your scholars are ready to go!  Scholars must be signed out before leaving.

If you plan to have your scholar leave with anyone other than a parent or legal guardian, you must email to give permission.  Many scholars will spend the day with a family friend or roommate’s family if their parents aren’t available.

We will have some optional afternoon programming on Sunday as well:

  • 1:30 – Meet the Faculty!  Visit teachers in their classrooms
  • 2:30 – Informational Session on The MU Honors College &  “How the Heck to Pay for College”: Middlebush Auditorium
  • 3:30 – Trivia Contest – Scholars and Families compete in Keller Auditorium

All scholars must be returned to Mark Twain to sign themselves in no later than 5:00 PM.


Scholars may be checked out as early as 7:30 AM.  Breakfast will be the last meal served at the Academy for Scholars.

The Closing Ceremony for MSA 2022 will be held from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM in Jesse Auditorium.  All scholars should check out with their RA, turn in their room key, and have their belongings moved out of Mark Twain before the Closing Ceremony Begins.  Unlike Opening Day, move out is the responsibility of scholars and their families. It is expected that all scholars attend Closing Ceremony.

Scholars and Families will NOT be allowed back in the Mark Twain Residence Hall after the Closing Ceremony ends.

If you have any questions about Family Day or Closing Day, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Standing Ovation Awards

During the fall reunion, the Missouri Scholars Academy Alumni Association presents its “Standing Ovation” Awards to members of the Academy community who, by their accomplishments, exemplify the ideals of the Missouri Scholars Academy.

View the past recipients by visiting the recipient page

Kevin Heisinger Memorial Award

Announced each year at the Closing Ceremony, the Kevin Heisinger Memorial Community Service Award honors a Scholar whose contributions to his or her house (in the judgment of RAs), to the Community Service Program of MSA (in the judgment of the Community Service Coordinator[s]), and to his or her home town or school (in an essay evaluated by MSA faculty), best exemplify the tradition and expectation of academic excellence and service to others. The Award memorializes Kevin Heisinger (MSA ’92), whose life set a high standard in excellence and in service.

View the past recipients by visiting the recipient page.