Where do you see yourself after high school?

Owning a nice car and your own place to live, enjoying going to work everyday - these dreams take a lot of hard work to attain. A great way to start down the path to achieve your dreams is to challenge yourselves now while you’re still in school.

Employers in your community and throughout the country are looking for students who challenge themselves by taking rigorous courses in school. Employers seek out employees who know algebra and physics and have a solid background in writing and a foreign language. That’s why it’s more important to employers that you take these courses in high school than it is for them to see you have a high grade point average.

The job market is becoming even more competitive each year as companies move thousands of jobs out of the United States. The jobs offered to your parents after graduating high school may not exist when you leave school. See which jobs will be in the most demand in upcoming years by visiting our jobs page.

You don’t need to know right now what you want to do in the future. You still have several years to decide. But, it’s important to prepare for your future now so when you do decide what you want to do for a living, you’re able to go into a career that interests you. Having the right classes on your transcript will ensure that all doors are open to you when you do choose a career. 

The Show-Me Scholars Core Course of Study has all the classes that will help you build a foundation to help you succeed in any career path. It makes no difference whether you attend a college or university after graduation, join the military or start working – the Show-Me Scholars Core Course of Study will give you the tools you need to succeed.

English                                                           4.0

(English I, English II, English III, English IV)    

Mathematics                                                  4.0

(Algebra I, II, Geometry & 1 higher math required or CTE class- "Bridge math” does not count)    4.0

Science                                                           3.0

(3 credits in lab science Biology and Chemistry required plus 1 other lab science- Physics preferred)           

Social Sciences                                               3.0

(To also include psychology, sociology and other advanced courses)   

Economics/Finance                                       0.5

World Languages other than English         2.0

Additional Requirements and Expectations

  • Complete 50 hours of community service  (Internships, Apprenticeships or Job Shadowing can count for 20 hours)
  • Earn at least a “C” in all Show-Me Scholars classes
  • Finish all the state’s requirements for a high school diploma
  • Maintain attendance requirements identified by their local districts
  • Stay out of trouble. (Students who violate the Missouri Safe Schools Act cannot participate in the program.)
  • Recommended no later than 8th grade a personal plan of study developed around career and educational goals to be reviewed annually and revised as necessary to help ensure a successful post-secondary transition.
If you are a current Show-Me Scholar student having joined the program in the 2014/2015 school year. You will need to document your community service and career exploration hours.  All previous classes enlisted prior to 2014/2015 school year will be able to continue on the previous criteria of the Show-Me Scholars program.    If you are interested in the rewards and benefits of graduating as a Missouri Show-Me Scholar, please complete this application.

All students must meet the Show-Me Scholars criteria and fulfill 50 hours of community service, 20 hours of which may be job shadowing, internships and apprenticeship programming.  Download the reporting sheet below: 

How can I get involved?   

Talk to your school counselor about becoming a Show-Me Scholar and see if the program is available at your school. If it is available, your counselor can help you sign up for the right courses and get you on track to complete the requirements. If the program is not available, talk to your parents, teachers or local chamber of commerce and encourage them to bring the Show-Me Scholars program to your school.

In the meantime, learn which careers will be hiring when you leave school by visiting the career section of this web site and hear from Missourians working at different places across the state about what it really takes to succeed in their jobs.