Missouri's Bright Flight Scholarship Program
The Bright Flight program was created to give a scholarship incentive to students to stay in Missouri for their college education at a public or private university in Missouri. The eligibility for Bright Flight is determined by the student's ACT score. Each year the Missouri legislators must approve the Bright Flight scholarship amount and vote to continue to fund the program.
To qualify for the Bright Flight scholarship, a student must:
- Be a Missouri resident and a US citizen or permanent resident
- Have a composite score on the ACT or SAT of:
- The top 3% of all Missouri students taking the test for the top scholarship
- The top 4-5% of all Missouri students taking the test for the second tier scholarship
- Have taken the ACT or SAT by June following their senior year of high school
- Enroll the fall semester immediately following senior year of high school
- Enroll full-time at a participating Missouri school
- Provide additional eligibility information, if requested
- Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity
- For other qualifications and details, go to the DESE Bright Flight website.
NOTE: Students must enter their high school name/code in their ACT or SAT account profile to associate them with a Missouri high school. When the student creates their ACT or College Board for SAT account, they should enter their high school. Parkway South High's CEEB code is: 260-129.
For the Class of 2023, the qualifying scores will be:
- 32 composite on the ACT for the $3,000 per year scholarship
- 31 composite on the ACT for the $1,000 per year scholarship
The scholarship is renewable if the student meets the Bright Flight requirements.
- Continue to meet the original eligibility requirements
- Maintain a college cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
- For more information and the remainder of requirements, go to the DESE Bright Flight website.
The required ACT composite score for the high school class of 2021 and 2022 was:
- 31 composite on the ACT for the $3,000 per year scholarship.
- 30 composite on the ACT for the $1,000 per year scholarship.