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What Missouri Schools offer your major?

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Missouri Colleges & Universities

Listing of most colleges and universities in Missouri with links to their websites and information regarding type of institution and location.

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JH & High School

My name is Sarah Wankum and this is my 2nd year as the K-12 Counselor for the St. Elizabeth R-4 School District.  I graduated in December 2015 with my Master’s degree in Education with a focus on School Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University. Previously, I taught elementary for 7 years.  I take an active role as counselor and would like to extend to everyone an open invitation to any concerns or questions that I may be able to assist with. I want for the connection between home and school to be positive and successful, and communication is a key contributing factor to that success.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.





Student Opportunities

  • Students between the ages of 14 and 18 may apply to be a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in the medical field to get a first hand experience about working at a hospital! Please contact the Volunteer Services office; Dalton Turner 573-681-3588 or e-mail
  • ACES program brings healthcare careers alive through hands-on activities, job shadowing, career development workshops, etc. Acceptance is competitive. Students must have and 3.0 GPA. If interested please contact Susan Bowles at 573-458-7281 or e-mail
  •  Students going into 9th-11th grade may apply for the US Naval Academy's Summer STEM Program:  Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming an engineer requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering.  Click the link for more information and to apply. 

  • US Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. If you think that you may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving your country as an officer, you should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy's Summer Seminar. Click the link for more information and to apply.

  • MFA Oil is looking for Summer Interns.  All interns will work alongside a team and gain real-life, hands-on experience.  Internship opportunities are available in the following departments: accounting, construction, field operations, human resources, information technology, marketing, retail, supply and banking.  Visit the MFA Oil Career's web page for more information.

Below are links to scholarships. Be sure that you qualify to apply and follow all instructions and deadlines. Changes to these scholarships will be made as updated deadlines are set. 


Completed Scholarships should be turned in to Mrs. Wankum

St. Elizabeth Alumni Scholarship (must attend the Alumni Banquet, Deadline: May 15).

Edna Doerhoff Scholarship (majoring in education to become a teacher; Deadline: March 24)

Ron Doerhoff Scholarship (preference to student pursuing 2 year technical education; Deadline March 24)

Ray and Rosetta Doerhoff Scholarship (multiple scholarships; Deadline March 23, 2018)

Leonard Beck Scholarship (preference to student pursuing technical education; Deadline March 24)

Anne Bax Ozbolt Scholarship (nursing majors only; Deadline March 24)

St. Elizabeth MFA Scholarship (preference to students studying agriculture or other fields of study that benefit rural life; Deadline March 15th)

Norbert Rehagen Knights of Columbus Scholarship (Father or Guardian must be a current member of the St. Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council; all students who meet this criteria and are enrolling in post-secondary education will receive; Deadline April 15)

Shelter Insurance Foundation Scholarship  $2000;  Any course of study; Deadline March 31 



Rosemary Otto Memorial Scholarship (Must be a graduating senior from St. Elizabeth R-IV; GPA of 2.4 or above; Must be attending a postsecondary institution beginning in the fall immediately after graduating; financial need; $2000; Deadline March15)


Interesting scholarship Links

I am not guaranteeing any of the following scholarships but in searching, I came across some interesting collections!

Master's in Special Education has a multitude of scholarships for students interested in degree in Education.

Fun and Unique Scholarships for High School Students Connections to many interesting scholarships including "Tall but don't play ball" and "What seemingly useless facts do you know?"

45 of the Weirdest College Scholarships Some unique scholarships but many are to specific institutions or majors.

Best List of College Scholarships

Guaranteed Scholarships Lists scholarships guaranteed by nearly 100 colleges to students who meet the individual listed criteria.

Scholarship Guidance :currently offering several scholarships with DECEMBER & JANUARY DEADLINES

The 12 Scholarships below are currently accepting applications.  Please read the eligibility and application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

1. Coca-Cola Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (1400 Awards - $20,000)

2. Carid Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (2 Awards - $1,000)

3. Horatio Alger Scholarship - October 25, 2016 (106 Awards - $25,000)

4. College Jumpstart Scholarship - October 17, 2016 (2 Awards - $1,000)

5. Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)

6. ShipDig Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)

7. Create Real Impact Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (10 Awards - $1,500)

8. Hit the Books Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $500)

9. SP Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (10 Awards - $10,000)

10. VIP Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $5,000)

11. Review It Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)

12. You Deserve It Scholarship - September 29, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)

Project 21 Scholarship ($1,000-$1,500) Missouri Gaming Association is providing scholarships for winning essays and posters created to inform about dangers of underage gambling.

Art Contest for the Google home page. Ends in December.


Multiple Deadlines

Discover Student Loans Scholarship 11 $10,000 scholarships will be awarded throughout the year.  High School Seniors or college students must be enrolled (or will be enrolled) at least half-time in a Bachelor's or Associate's degree program.  Entry deadlines: March 31st, June 30th, and September 30th.

American Legion Scholarships  (varies/some require family members to have served in the military)

American Legion Legacy Scholarship (PDF fillable)

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation (various amounts, due dates and qualifications) I received a letter from the Missouri State Counselor of ESA informing counselors that several of their scholarships had no applicants last year and many others had fewer than 50 applicants. This could be a good chance to be awarded a scholarship!

Community Foundation of the Ozarks (various scholarships/ will be updated Feb 1) Click 'Browse Scholarships' and select St. Elizabeth in the 'Search by City' box to see scholarships available for our students.

Missouri American Legion Scholarships (various deadlines and qualifications)

Imagine America ($1000; must have done community service; financial need; 2.5 or higher GPA)

Army Reserve Scholarships (must join the Army Reserve)

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt.  Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

Toptal started a scholarship program to award 12 scholarships over the next 12 months to help young women pursue their technical career aspirations. It is open to more than just young aspiring developers; the award applies to anyone with a passion for tech and we welcome applicants from high school who have a growing interest in STEM. Each scholarship winner will receive a stipend, and in addition, a year of mentorship and guidance from the senior developers within our network.



Scholarships by Deadlines


Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) $1000 one-time scholarship for a student planning to attend a private or public 2 or 4 year institution, or vocational-technical school in Missouri in Fall 2018.  Link to application and full application requirements. 


Elks National Foundation Scholarship (500 Four Year rewards from $4,000-$50,000; November 27th deadline) 

Show me Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship ($2000; postmarked deadline of November 30th; essay contest; must be majoring in conservation or natural resources related field)


School Notification System Scholarship (1st Place - $1500 and 2nd Place - $500) must be currently enrolled as a high school senior OR in an accredited 2 or 4 year college.  Must submit an essay.  Deadline: December 15, 2017


Vantage Credit Union ($1,000 scholarship, must be a Vantage Credit Union Member; January 5th deadline)

Conservation Foundation of Missouri (5 - $1000 scholarships; January 31 deadline; preference given to students that demonstrate financial need; different natural resources areas)

College Raptor Scholarship 1 - $2500 merit-based scholarship awarded based on student's academic achievements and essay.  Must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution by no later than the Fall of 2019.  January 31 deadline.


James L. and Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship (must enroll full time at a 4 year University or plan to complete 1-2 full years at a Missouri Community College with intent to transfer to a 4 year University; Must have GPA of 2.5 or higher; and family adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less) Deadline: February 1, 2018

Dr. Darrell ╩║Jack╩║ Holley/MUSIC Scholarship ($2,000 Scholarship; Deadline: February 17th)

Knights of Columbus Missouri Council Scholarships 11 $1,000 scholarships are awarded.  Applicant must be a Knights of Columbus member or the son/daughter of a Knights of Columbus member.  Click link for applications and more information.  Deadline: February 15

Teacher Words Matter Contest 
Entries due Feb. 28
Tell your story of how a teacher, coach, school bus driver, counselor or other education staff person had a positive influence in your life. You could win $500 and tickets to the Missouri State High School Basketball Championships at Mizzou Arena March 17. 


The Cochran Scholarship 
Applications due March 17.
This is a $500 scholarship offered to MNEA-Student members. Applicants must currently be in their freshman, sophomore or junior year at a Missouri college or university pursuing a degree in education.

Shelter Insurance Foundation Scholarship  $2000;  Any course of study; Deadline March 31

University of Central Missouri Stewards Scholars Program Major in Computer Information Systems (Deadline: March 1)

National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Scholastic Award Priority consideration given to those pursuing careers in Business, Transportation logistics, Physical distribution or a related course of study. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in a 2-year associate degree or trade certification program.  A minimum of 4 other scholarships ($2,500-$4,000) will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited bachelors degree program. (Deadline: March 1, 2018)

Rosemary Otto Memorial Scholarship Fund. Be a graduating senior from St. Elizabeth High School in St. Elizabeth, Missouri, Have a minimum GPA of 2.4, Enroll in a degree or certification program at an accredited higher education institute in the fall directly after graduating from high school, Show demonstrated financial need..Amount:$2,000 Deadline: March 15.

Missouri Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship (interested or majoring in a career involving insurance, risk management or actuarial science; 4 $1500 scholarships; Deadline March 31)

Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors Scholarship (must be pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate in either Diesel Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Repair. $1,000) Deadline March 1

Marion Dale Summerford Memorial Scholarship 4 $2000 scholarships will be awarded (presented through Infuse Credit Union) applicant must be an inMotion Club Member of the Credit Union, however if a student does not have their own account with us, they can open a new account and then apply for the scholarship.  To open an inMotion Club account, they need to only deposit $5.00 into a savings account, the minimum requirement for Membership. Deadline March 30

Missouri Bankers Foundation Scholarship $1,000 scholarship awarded to high school seniors interested in pursuing banking and banking-related careers.  Must be postmarked by March 10.

Missouri Credit Union Scholarship $2,500 scholarship. Applicants or their parents must be a MCU member to apply.  Click the link for application and more information. Deadline: March 23

Project 21 Scholarship Two $1500 and Four $1000 scholarships.  Applicants must submit completed application and either an article, poster, or video addressing underage gambling.  Deadline: March 1

Three Rivers Electric Cooperative ($2000; parents or guardians must be members of Three Rivers Electric cooperative.  Eligible at public, private, and junior colleges in Missouri. Click the link for the application and more information; Deadline March 30)

Missouri Association of Rural Education Scholarship awarded to students interested in teaching in a rural school system.  Deadline: Must be postmarked by March 9. 

Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship $500-$1000 scholarship.  Applicant must be a High School Senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, be a Missouri Resident, and must enroll full-time at a MOACAC member postsecondary institution.  To apply students will need to create an account at and follow the 3 steps listed on their homepage.  Follow the Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship link to see a list of MOACAC institutions.  Deadline: March 1st

Women Legislators of Missouri $500 scholarship.  Applicants must be: Female, a Missouri Resident, current High School Senior, and graduating from a public, private, or home school in Missouri this year.  To apply students will need to create an account at and follow the 3 steps listed on their homepage.  Deadline: March 9th


Head Start Scholarship $500; available to any Senior graduating this year who also attended Head Start. Applications must be postmarked by April 7th.  

Jack Kinnaman Scholarship  
Applications due April 15.
The Jack Kinnaman Scholarship was created in the memory of Jack Kinnaman, Vice President and former Advisory Council member of the NEA-Retired. He is most fondly remembered as NEA's "Cat in the Hat." This is a $2,000 scholarship.

LOCAL!! Carrol McCubbin Scholarship. Family sponsored scholarship honoring Carrol McCubbin of Iberia. Deadline: April 1.

CHS Foundation Scholarships high school seniors enrolling in college in the fall of 2015; planning to pursue an agricultural degree; be pursuing a STEM field of study with an interest in agriculture; 200 $1000 awards (Deadline: April 1)

Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science Scholarship $1000; Enroll at Merrell University in Jefferson City or Moberly; Upper 50% of graduating class; two letters of recommendation; Good moral character. Deadline: April 1

First Financial Credit Union Scholarship (Instructions; must be a member of First Financial Credit Union; GPA of 2.0 or higher; Deadline April 8)

Miller County Farm Bureau Scholarship ($200; Parents are either members of Farm Bureau or willing to join; Deadline April 15)

Home Builders Association of Central MO Scholarship Program 2 $1000 scholarships awarded to students who will be attending a 2 or 4 year college majoring in a construction related field.  Deadline: April 1 

River Region Credit Union Scholarship 10 $2000 scholarships will be awarded to college bound students. Student or parent must be an active member of RRCU.  Deadline: April 2


Caretenders Scholarship $500; attending accredited school in the fall of 2015; essay question (Deadline: May 31, 2015)

Best Injury Lawyers Scholarship  $1500; available to any Senior or current college student who plans on attending an accredited 4-year college/university or 2-year accredited community college in the Fall of 2018.  The applicant or an immediate family member must have been involved in some kind of personal injury accident. (Deadline: May 31, 2018)


10 Words or Less Scholarship between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2015; $500: answer question on facebook page (Deadline: June 15, 2015)

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship $500; submit a short story; GPA of 2.5 or greater; attending in the fall of 2015 (Deadline: June 15, 2015)

Lift Parts Express Scholarship $500; currently a senior in High School or Freshman or Sophomore in college; online application (Deadline: June 30, 2015)

Lifestyle Dentistry Scholarship $1000; be enrolled in college by the Fall of 2015; any field of study; GPA of 2.5 or greater; essay question (Deadline June 30, 2015)

Lake of the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist program is pleased to announce a scholarship program for the 2016-17 school year.  Two grants are to be made available to as many as two prospective or existing college students who graduated from high school in Camden, Miller, or Morgan County, or to students who currently reside in one of these counties.  He or she must be pursuing (or plan to pursue) a career in a conservation or natural resources field.  This might include majors in forestry, wildlife management, biology, fisheries, parks and recreation, or natural resources.  Each scholarship will be for the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17.  The individual scholarship will be in the amount of $500.00 per semester or a total of $1,000.00 for the school year for each selected student.  Funds may be used to cover books, tuition or fees and will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient. deadline: June 7

Nursing Schools Almanac Aspiring Nurse Scholarship awarded to a high school senior who plans to pursue a college education in nursing, including LPN/LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.  $1,000.  Deadline is June 30.


UEW Healthcare EEOICPA Scholarship one-time $1000 scholarship.  Applicants must be enrolled by fall semester 2018 and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Deadline July 31, 2018.

7-12 Counselor Contact Info

Sarah Wankum


Mental Health Resources

Mental health resources, as well as hotline numbers for a large variety of issues is provided in this comprehensive list. You never know when you or someone close to you may need help from these services.

Federal Website to Aid in Planning and Paying for College

A federal website has been launched to help parents and students in the planning and paying for college.  combines content and interactive tools from several ED websites. This site is not just useful for seniors. Information can be found that helps years in advance of a student going on to postsecondary education. Check it out!

Trying to find out the cost of a college? Go to College Cost Calculator and type in the name of the college and it will direct you to the college's site to help find the cost.

Career Help

Missouri Connections  is a web-based resource to help Missouri Citizens determine their career interests, explore occupations, establish education plans, develop job search strategies, and create resumés. Sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Economic Development, Missouri Connections is available to students, parents, guidance counselors, educators, and job seekers at no charge.  

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