In 2020, Coach Pinkel awarded 24 scholarships through the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. This inaugural class of students came from all walks of life.


In 2020, Coach Pinkel awarded 24 scholarships through the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. This inaugural class of students came from all walks of life.

GP M.A.D.E. Scholarship Program

In 2020, Coach Pinkel awarded 24 scholarships through the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. This inaugural class of students came from all walks of life. “There were some incredible stories of what some of these kids have had to overcome to get where they’re at and it’s pretty awesome,” Pinkel said.

In 2021 and 2022, an additional 29 students were chosen to be GP M.A.D.E. Scholars.  In 2023 twelve new scholars were added to the list of recipients and in 2024, sixteen new scholars were added.  To date, 80 scholarships have been awarded and we look forward to watching them succeed in their chosen paths.

All recipients have the opportunity to received up to $8,000 in scholarship funds payable over a 4-year period if they maintain a certain GPA, attend a Missouri school and continue as a student in good standing.

The long-term goal is for the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation to award $2,000/year renewable scholarships annually and continue Making A Difference Every-day.

2024 Scholarship Applications are now closed and will re-open in the fall.


Scholarship recipients – known as GP M.A.D.E. Scholars – are selected each year by the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation. Recipients will be chosen based on the three criteria listed under Eligibility.

Award Amounts

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation Scholarship awards are up to $2,000 per year.

Application Package

Consideration will be given to candidates submitting complete application packages, which include:

  • A complete GP M.A.D.E. application form (copies are acceptable);
  • Proof of United States citizenship.
  • Provide high school transcript with GPA
  • Applications and attachments may be mailed (postmarked by the application deadline) or emailed (by the application deadline) to:

By Mail
GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 665
Columbia, MO 65201


The GP M.A.D.E. scholarship committee may require an interview with the applicant(s). If needed, applicant(s) will be notified by telephone, email, or letter regarding their interview date and time. All interviews shall be completed prior to the deadline of the award date for the application year.

Renewing Scholarship Eligibility

The GP M.A.D.E. scholarship committee will consider renewing a scholarship for up to four years if the Scholar maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA and is considered a student in good standing. The Scholar will be required to show proof of grades for the school year.

Scholarship Awarding Procedure and Payments

The applicant must be under the age of 20 and a Missouri resident. The scholarship must be used in the state of Missouri for a higher education program, at a trade school or at a college or university. The Foundation will notify the applicant of their award before May 7th. The check will be made payable to the school chosen by the applicant. Any taxes that may be due are entirely the responsibility of the recipient Scholar. Please consult your tax adviser to determine your tax treatment.

Loss of Renewable Scholarship

Scholar shall not be eligible to renew his or her scholarship if:

  • Individual is no longer a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Scholar no longer meets the three Eligibility criteria as determined by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholar no longer maintains a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Scholar is no longer considered a student in good standing.
  • Change of Contact Information
  • If there is a change of name, address, telephone number, cell phone number or email address – the applicant and/or scholar must immediately notify the Foundation by email at

Applicant Certification

By applying and accepting a scholarship, you have agreed to the below statements by signing the application form in the certification section:

  • I certify the information provided on the application and all supporting documentation submitted at any time is true, correct and complete to the best of
    my knowledge.
  • I understand that if I give information that is not true or if I withhold information and I receive a scholarship for which I am not eligible, the scholarship will be
    denied or revoked.
  • I have submitted a completed GP M.A.D.E. Foundation application form (copies are acceptable).
  • I have attached sheets, as needed, with additional information. My name appears on all sheets/attachments.

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