Selection Process

Each public school district and private school in Missouri is eligible to nominate at least one sophomore student for the Academy. Home schooled students will also be considered. Larger schools have the option of nominating more than one student on a prorated basis according to enrollment. Nominees must be Missouri residents enrolled in a public or private Missouri school. Information about the number of students each school can nominate is posted on the nomination process page.

Schools nominating students for the Academy are required to provide specific information to the University of Missouri. A selection committee comprised predominately of teachers from across the state will evaluate nominations.

All nominations are out of 100 possible points.

Scholar participants are selected on the basis of the following criteria and factors:

*Due to COVID-19, we are not requiring aptitude tests scores or I.Q. test scores for 2021 Nominations. Scholars will be scored based on three categories: GPA, letters of recommendation and student essays.