Journey to College Student Ambassador Search


Are you a Missouri student working toward a college degree? Would you be willing to share your personal experiences of planning and paying for college to help other students who are planning for their future?


The Missouri Department of Higher Education is looking for college students from across the state to help promote the importance of earning a degree or certificate. As a Journey to College Student Ambassador, your photo and story will appear in publications and videos that help thousands of Missouri students prepare for college each year.


Here are the specifics:


Who we're looking for:

We need 8 college students to serve as Student Ambassadors. Being an ambassador means your photos and stories will appear in publications and short videos produced by the department. Students who are working toward a two- or four-year degree or a professional certificate at a public or private Missouri college or university are eligible to participate.


We are looking for a variety of students - male and female, urban and rural - to represent today's college students. Nontraditional students and veterans currently attending college are encouraged to apply.


What's involved in being a Student Ambassador:

Selected students will participate in a group photo shoot and video session with professional photographers who will capture fun and professional images. The session will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, in Columbia, MO. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. Students will receive a stipend to reimburse travel costs.


Students will be asked to provide information about why you decided that attending college was the right choice for you, and how you planned for higher education.


Student Ambassador photographs and stories will be featured in the department's Journey to College publications for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Photos and videos also will be included on the Journey to College website and social media pages, and Missouri Department of Higher Education website, social media, and on conference/meeting/presentation materials.


To Apply:

Submit a completed application and one or more digital photographs, taken within the last three months. These do not need to be professional photos.


Send your completed application and photo(s) to Jessica Duren by FRIDAY, OCT. 19.


More details will be provided to students who are selected to be Student Ambassadors. If you have any questions, contact Jessica Duren at


If you are curious about how past Student Ambassador photos and stories have been used, check out some of the publications listed on the Missouri Department of Higher Education publications page as well as the Journey to College website and social media pages.