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Sue Ann Opler Foundation Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

UMB Bank, n.a., as Trustee of the Sue Ann Opler Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist students in the community who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants of the Sue Ann Opler Foundation Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a current high school senior or have graduated within the last five years from a high school located in Linn, Macon, Sullivan, Grundy, Chariton or Livingston counties in Missouri. In addition, an applicant may have received a home school diploma within the last five years, and reside in Linn, Macon, Sullivan, Grundy, Chariton or Livingston counties in Missouri.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- year or four- year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Members of the Foundation’s Advisory Board of Trustees, their spouses, any lineal descendants, the spouse of any lineal descendants, or any employee, officer or director of any corporate Trustee or its affiliates or subsidiaries or any spouse or lineal descendant of such persons are ineligible to apply.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Up to 25 awards will be granted. Financial need will be considered in determining the award amount. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Awards are renewable up to four years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale) and remaining in good standing at their academic institution.

Awards are for undergraduate study only. Awards are to be used for tuition, books and fees first. If funds remain, the institution may apply excess funds to room and board balance.


Applicants will be notified in early April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Sue Ann Opler Foundation. Awards will be paid in one installment in early August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An essay

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Sue Ann Opler Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

Also as part of your application, two online recommendation forms must be submitted on your behalf. Not more than one recommendation may be from a high school teacher. Recommendations must be submitted no later than February 19, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

UMB Bank, n.a., as Trustee of the Sue Ann Opler Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

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