The Heartland Scholars Academy

Access and opportunity for first-generation students from rural backgrounds

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The inaugural class of the Heartland Scholars Academy.

The Heartland Scholars Academy, established in 2018, enhances student achievement by supporting students as they transition to Mizzou and in their pursuit of rewarding careers in business. This program equips first-generation, rural students with the tools and skills needed to achieve academic success at Mizzou and provides them with exposure to the business world through a variety of activities over four years.

The Heartland Scholars Academy provides participants with:

  • Business attire for professional events and opportunities to travel to various cities to learn about business
  • Access to additional financial support through scholarships
  • Dedicated advisor and career coach and supportive Trulaske faculty and staff committed to their success
  • Seminars focused on business cases, student success and professional speakers

Heartland Scholars Academy participants benefit from program-specific scholarships and have the opportunity to participate in corporate trips to locations such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago.

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Before applying to the Heartland Scholars Academy, incoming first-year students must be accepted into Mizzou, designating business as their major, and have a minimum 3.25 high school GPA. Applications are open annually beginning in August and the deadline to apply is typically early-March. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Meet the Director

Dr. Mary Beth Marrs oversees programs of distinction at the Trulaske College of Business, including the Heartland Scholars Academy and the Cornell Leadership Program. A three-time Mizzou alumna, she is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the university’s Faculty-Alumni Award and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

For More Information

For more information about the Heartland Scholars Academy, please contact our Programs of Distinction staff at 573-882-7455 or, or visit us in 304 Cornell Hall.