You, as the high school counselor or the individual designated by the high school as the primary contact, have the vital role of identifying and nominating the most qualified students to participate in Missouri Boys State. It is very important to the success of the students and the program that you nominate students who meet the eligibility criteria, are dedicated to the program, and will follow through on their commitment to participate in the entire 8-day session.
Only students with outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character, scholarship, and service to their schools and communities should be considered for Missouri Boys State. Many alums have shared that Missouri Boys State was one, if not the most, influential and unique experiences in which they have participated. It is - A Week to Shape a Lifetime!
Recommended Nomination Process:
Review your high school’s nomination with the principal/designated administrator and establish that only applications presented by the high school counselor/contact should be signed.
All students accepted to participate must be nominated through the process established by his high school.
Form a committee of administrators, counselors, teachers, and former Boys State citizens.
Nominated Candidates may be ranked for consideration. Only candidates with completed applications that are signed by a school principal/designated administrator, parent/guardian, and student will be considered.
Alternates will be contacted and accepted as additional sponsorships are located or if a Candidate selected to attend cannot participate. ALWAYS submit applications for Alternates.
Applications are NOT automatically transmitted to the Missouri Boys State Headquarters.
Candidates and Alternates and a Parent/Guardian MUST sign the application before submitting to the high school.
Principal/designated administrator MUST sign the application endorsing the participation of the Candidates and Alternates. ONLY applications for Candidates and Alternates identified through the established nomination process should be signed and submitted by the high school. Organizations and individuals outside the school should not be allowed to influence the nomination process.
Applications will be accepted immediately. Early submission is encouraged and provides additional time to identify sponsors and for your students to make a commitment to attend well in advance.
Maintain copies of applications for your records.
Each Candidate must have the program fee paid by a sponsor(s) prior to being accepted.
The Missouri Boys State District Chair determines which young men should participate in the program and will forward applications for the young men selected, and all Alternates, to the Missouri Boys State Headquarters for final processing.
A sponsorship covers the $500 Program Fee per student (plus a transportation fee* in Counties providing a bus).
Sponsorship is generally paid by one or more sponsors such as: an American Legion Post, a civic or service organization, business, school, PTO/PTA, student organization or individual (not related to the participant).