The Dorsey Leadership Academy is designed for students minoritized by race and ethnicity in the College of Education & Human Development to ensure their successful and timely completion of degrees from the University of Missouri.


  • To support students in the College of Education & Human Development to successfully navigate the undergraduate experience as thriving, active members
  • To support the development of professionals in education and human development who contribute to their fields in meaningful ways
  • To develop distinguished leaders with expertise and experience in research, leadership, and cultural competence


  • Supportive network of peers across degrees, levels and emphasis areas
  • Mentorship from college faculty and staff
  • Collaboration with community partners
  • Guidance to navigate new experiences
  • Opportunities for academic enrichment
Join the Dorsey Leadership Academy


Members of Dorsey Leadership Academy are invited to apply for an annual scholarship award package of up to $8,000 (renewable for an additional three years when requirements are met.)

Minimum eligibility qualifications

  • Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Educational Studies, or Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Science
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrollment at MU the first semester after high school graduation
  • Member of a minoritized racial or ethnic groups (in order to achieve the educational benefits of a diverse student body)
  • Completion of FAFSA, MU Annual Scholarship Application, and Dorsey Scholarship Application
Apply for Dorsey Leadership Academy Scholarships