EXCEL First Generation Initiative

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Partnering through Concurrent Enrollment to Increase Educational Attainment in Missouri


MBU has an impressive history of working with first generation students. USA Today recently reported that 30 percent of entering college students are first generation. Approximately 40 percent of new students at MBU are first generation. Additionally, MBU’s EXCEL concurrent enrollment program has broadened horizons of college bound students for more than three decades. This program aims to connect two proven MBU programs in bridging the access gap to higher education for high achieving first generation students.


This program guarantees that nominated students will receive a minimum of $12,000 per year in MBU Scholarships. The $12,000 represents an accumulated total of all institutional aid. Should a student qualify for a higher scholarship based on academic merit, the student will be awarded the greater scholarship in lieu of the First Generation funds. The scholarship cannot be stacked with other merit or talent based aid. The scholarship is renewable annually provided that the student maintains a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.


Nominated students must be seniors with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average and a 20 or higher composite score on the ACT. Nominees should be from a family in which neither parent earned a college degree.


Each EXCEL teacher or coordinator who attended the 2017 EXCEL workshop will be allowed to nominate one student from his/her school.

  • The EXCEL teacher or coordinator will complete a nomination form and submit it to the EXCEL Office along with a letter of recommendation and a transcript that shows the student’s cumulative GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher.
  • The student should complete the MBU Application for Admission.

Nominations are due by December 1, 2017.

Nomination Form: FIRST GENERATION Designation Form 17-18

Students will be notified through a financial aid award letter that they have received the scholarship.