MERIT is a performance-based award available to new beginning freshmen, new entering transfers and returning students with fewer than 60 credit hours.

  • Open to members of ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • A college or high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or above.
  • An ACT score of 23 or above for high school applicants.
  • Documented participation in leadership and community service activities.
  • Full admittance to Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester during your first semesters of Southeast enrollment, and 15 credit hours per semester during the remaining semesters.
  • Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1st each year and completing any verification requests from the university.
  • Remain in compliance with all University policies and procedures.
  • Complete the requirements of the Academic Support Centers contract each year.
  • A committee may be appointed to review award renewals, reductions and appeals.

Value: Up to $2,400.00 per year ($1,200.00 per semester)

University Center 202
Educational Access Programs
One University Plaza, MS 1850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701