The Honors Program at Missouri Southern was established in 1984, along with scholarships funded from the Walter and Fredrica Evans family trust. This trust continues to supplement the Honors scholarship budget, while other funds come from the MSSU general fund. In competing for admission to the Honors Program, candidates are also competing for scholarships, which are awarded at three levels.
These scholarships can apply only to tuition and, for the Evans Fellowship, room and board. They will be awarded as funds allow to the most highly qualified applicants, and are renewable for up to eight semesters if the student continues to make acceptable progress as defined by the Honors Program and MSSU.
Students can receive only one academic award from MSSU. However, students who receive performance awards (such as music or athletics scholarships), the Missouri Department of Higher Education "Bright Flight" award or other external awards may receive these in addition to the scholarship from Southern. Furthermore, students who arrange with MSSU to study abroad for a fall or spring semester may apply their scholarships to cover the cost of attendance at the foreign university, if the foreign university and MSSU have an exchange agreement in place.