A+ Program

The A+ Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship that provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of an A+ designated high school who attend a participating public community or vocational/technical school or a participating private two-year college or vocational/technical school in Missouri. To be eligible, each student must have entered into a written agreement with the school prior to high school graduation and:
1. Be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
2. Attend a designated A+ high school for two years prior to high school graduation.

3. Graduate from high school with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
4. Maintain at least a 95% attendance record (overall for grades 9 - 12).
5. Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid, school-based tutoring or mentoring for younger students, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing.
6. Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of drugs.

7. Achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I End of Course Exam or higher level DESE-approved EOC exam in the field of mathematics.   Or achieve an eligible combination score of high school GPA and ACT math sub-score (this qualification option is subject to approval each year by MDHE). Below is the combination scale for GPA and ACT math sub-score for 2019 - 2020.

           ACT Math Score


High School GPA

17 or greater


2.5 or greater



2.8 or greater



3.0 or greater


8. Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid that does not require repayment by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial need is not a factor in determining eligibility for the A+ Program.
Financial Incentive: 
The student financial incentive will be available for a period of four years after high school graduation*. To maintain eligibility during that time, each participating student must enroll and attend a Missouri public or approved private community college or vocational/technical school on a full-time basis. Initial students must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of the fall term and a 2.5 or higher GPA at the of the spring term to maintain eligibility. The student financial incentive program is dependent upon funding from the state of Missouri.
Student Incentive. Qualified A+ graduates will be eligible to receive the following:
  • Tuition and general fees to attend any public or approved private community college, vocational school, or technical school in the State of Missouri for two years.
  • The financial incentives will be available only after the student has made a documented effort to secure any available post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment (See above section).
  • The tuition incentives will only be made available to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition and general fees after available federal financial aid funds have been applied to those costs.
  • Students will be eligible to receive financial incentives for two years if they are enrolled as full-time students (12 hours or more) and maintain a 2.5 GPA in the post-secondary setting.
  • Private scholarships will not affect eligibility for the A+ Program, nor will they reduce the States’ responsibility to a college or technical school.
  • Students must complete the two years of full-time enrollment at a community college or public vocational/technical school within four years of graduating from Grandview High School.
  • Many four-year colleges in Missouri offer institutional scholarships for students who meet eligibility for the A+ Scholarship Program.
*If you are unable to attend school due to active duty service to any branch of the armed forces of the United States, you may qualify for a deferment of your scholarship eligibility. The deferment will ensure you receive 48 months of eligibility. You must return to full-time status within 12 months of the end of your military service and provide a copy of your DD214 to verify the length of your service in order to resume your eligibility.

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education website: