Grants and Scholarships

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Need-based

  • Federal Pell Grant
    Amounts are determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC), cost of attendance and enrollment status.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    Limited funds awarded to students with exceptional financial need.
  • Missouri State Aid Programs
    Access Missouri
    For Missouri residents attending approved Missouri schools who have submitted the FAFSA by April 1 and have an EFC of $12,000 or less.
  • Bright Flight Scholarship
    For students who score in the top 3% of all Missouri students taking the ACT or SAT

Cottey Scholarships and Grants

In addition to federal and state aid, the College is proud to offer institutional aid on a limited basis as funding allows. Cottey offers a variety of scholarships based on academic merit, extracurricular activities, leadership and athletic performance. Funds are made possible by the generosity of Cottey College Alumnae, members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and friends of the College. Acceptance of Cottey scholarships or grants as part of a financial aid package indicates permission to release the recipient’s name and address to the donors who fund the awards, to whom recipients are to write a thank you note. The Institutional Advancement Office will aid in this process as it is extremely important for donors to know their generosity is not only being utilized but also appreciated.

Cottey Merit-based Scholarships and Grants

Academic Scholarships

Awarded once an offer of admission is accepted, standardized test scores and GPA are reviewed to determine qualification and funds are eligible for renewal (contingent upon completion of at least 27 hours during one’s first year at Cottey and the GPA listed below) for 4 years.

  • Trustees’ (3.0)
    • $10,000 per year
    • High School: 33 ACT, 1470 SAT, 3.8 GPA
    • Transfer: College cumulative GPA 3.5-4.0
  • President’s (3.0)
    • $7,500 per year
    • High School: 29 ACT, 1300 SAT, 3.75 GPA
    • Transfer: College cumulative GPA 3.0-3.49
  • Founder’s (2.75)
    • $5,000 per year
    • High School: 26 ACT, 1180 SAT, 3.45 GPA
    • Transfer: College cumulative GPA 2.5-2.99
  • Achievement Award (2.5)
    • $2,500 per year
    • 22 ACT, 1030 SAT, 3.3 GPA (High School Only)

Alumnae Scholarship

$500 per academic year to relatives of Cottey alumnae, which could include daughters, granddaughters, sisters, great-granddaughters, or nieces of Cottey alumnae, depending on the amount of funding available.

The Aspiring Women Leader's Scholarship

Incoming freshmen must apply by February 1 for one of five $3,000 scholarships

At Cottey, we believe every woman should have the opportunity to enhance her leadership skills. This scholarship has been created to recognize students who have already developed leadership skills in high school and who desire to continue to grow as a leader. Five $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen every fall.

The application will be available after November 1st.

Athletic Scholarships

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Cross Country/Track
  • Golf

Each scholarship is awarded either by the coach or the athletic director and amounts range from $500 up to the amount of tuition and books. For additional information, please contact your coach or the athletic director.

Cottey A+ Scholarship

A $1,000/year renewable scholarship awarded to accepted Missouri students who have completed the A+ program in high school.

Fine Art Scholarships

The application will be available after November 1st. The priority deadline for complete application submissions is February 1st.

    • Art
    • Dance
    • Music
    • Theatre/Speech

Click here for more information.

Girl Scout Leadership Award

$1000 per academic year awarded to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients.

Honors & Awards

For returning students only, several scholarships are awarded each year at the Honors and Awards Convocation in May. Recipients are selected on the basis of outstanding achievement in various academic areas and/or campus activities.

Missouri Girls State Scholarship

Missouri Girls State participants who have been admitted to Cottey College by February 1 as full-time incoming freshmen are eligible. Students must provide documentation of participation in Missouri Girls State to the Enrollment Management Office when applying for admission. This $1,000 scholarship will be divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters. These awards are stackable with other Cottey scholarships and are renewable annually with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Opportunity Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship for 3rd- and 4th-year students in BA programs, with a GPA of at least 2.0 nominated by a faculty member.

Regional Leadership Achievement Award Program

Up to $3,500 per academic year may be awarded (with a suggested deadline of March 1) for demonstrated leadership and/or community service, 3.0 GPA, and 23 ACT/1060 SAT those from the following counties:

  • Missouri – Barton, Bates, Cedar, Dade, St. Clair, or Vernon
  • Kansas – Bourbon

Summer Workshop Scholarship

$3,000 renewable for up to four years for workshop participants who enroll as full-time students

Transfer Scholarships

Awarded to students who have attended another college since graduating from high school and before coming to Cottey, available for on-campus semesters only (not for study abroad semesters) and funds are eligible for renewal (contingent upon completion of at least 27 hours during one’s first year at Cottey and the GPA listed below)

  • $10,000 (3.0)
    • Average Student Profile: College cumulative GPA 3.5-4.0
  • $7,500 (2.75)
    • Average Student Profile: College cumulative GPA 3.0-3.49
  • $5,500 (2.5)
    • Average Student Profile: College cumulative GPA 2.5-2.99

Transfer students who are members of PTK are eligible for a renewable $1000 scholarship.


Cottey Need-based Grants

For domestic and International students

P.E.O. Scholarships

Local, state, district, or provincial scholarships awarded to students by the P.E.O. Sisterhood. A student does not need a P.E.O. affiliation to receive a P.E.O. scholarship. Each chapter establishes the criteria, the application procedures and deadlines. Amounts and deadlines vary. If you received a P.E.O. scholarship, be sure to send a thank-you note to let them know how much the scholarship is appreciated! Thank-you notes can be brought to Cottey’s Office of P.E.O. Relations for mailing.

P.E.O. state scholarship deadlines

International Peace Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship awarded to an international student nominated by Cottey from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.