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:

  • Laptop computers and business attire for professional events 
  • Financial support in the form of study abroad scholarships and assistance with internship living expenses
  • 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, with priority given to applicants who apply before December 1st.  Students applying by December 1st will be notified of their status by January 10th.  Applications remain open through March 1st and will be accepted on a space-available basis until that time.

 

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Meet the Director

Dr. Mary Beth Marrs oversees enrichment programs at the Trulaske College of Business, including the Heartland Scholars Academy, Vasey 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 Enrichment Programs staff at 573-882-7455 or HeartlandScholars@missouri.edu, or visit us in 304 Cornell Hall.