Grants & Scholarships

Federal & State of Missouri Grants

Federal Pell Grant

To apply, submit the FAFSA at  Amounts are determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), cost of attendance and enrollment status.

Pell Grants for Summer

Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year.  If you were a Pell eligible student in fall 2017 and/or spring 2018, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for the summer.  To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have completed a 2017-18 FAFSA
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Enroll in summer classes
  • In most cases, there is a requirement to enroll at least half-time (6 + credits)
  • Be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining – you can check your remaining eligibility by logging on to NSLDS using your FSA ID.  View your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) on the Financial Aid Review Page.

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant:

  • If you enrolled full-time (12 + credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.
  • If you enrolled part-time in fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.

Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment

  • 12+ credits = 100% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 9-11 credits = 75% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 6-8 credits = 50% of the semester Pell Grant amount

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Must have submitted the FAFSA. Limited funding is available. 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 the February 1 priority deadline and have an EFC of $12,000 or less.

Bright Flight Scholarship – For students who have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either the top 3% or in the top 4th and 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.

Cottey Scholarships & 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 & Grants


For students entering in 2020-21 academic year

To qualify, a student must have a minimum composite ACT score of 21 (SAT score of 1060) and a 2.6 cumulative GPA. For first-time freshmen, scholarship is based on GPA or ACT/SAT (whichever is higher). For transfers, scholarship is based on GPA only.

21- 23 1060-11502.60-2.99$8,000
24-261160-12503.00-3.39 $10,00
27-291260-13503.40-3.74 $12,000
30+1360-16003.75-4.00 $14,00

Students must be enrolled as full-time students. Award is based on the highest test score and cumulative GPA received by March 1. Scholarships are renewable for four years with satisfactory academic progress. Institutional scholarships will not exceed the total cost of tuition.

Rev 8/12/18

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.

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
Fine Arts Scholarship Application

The priority deadline for complete application submissions is February 1st.

    • Art
    • Dance
    • Music
    • Theatre/Speech

Click here for more information.

Girl Scout Leadership Award
This scholarship is $1,000 per academic year and is awarded to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients or to girls who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Students who have received the equivalent American Heritage Girls Stars & Stripes Award are also eligible to receive this scholarship.

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 2.5 nominated by a faculty member.

Cottey PTK Scholarship
Cottey offers a PTK scholarship of $1,000 per year to qualified baccalaureate students, regardless of financial need.  Must be a current member in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa and provide proof of membership.   This scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for renewal.

Regional Leadership Achievement Award Program
Up to $3,500 per academic year may be awarded (with a suggested deadline of March 15) 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

Complete the Regional Leadership Achievement Award Application

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


Women in Science Scholarship
Cottey College is pleased to offer a science scholarship to incoming science majors due to a generous donation to the College. Up to ten $3,000/year scholarships will be awarded. Deadline to apply is February 1, but early applications are encouraged.

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 $6,250 scholarship awarded to an international student nominated by Cottey from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

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