Scholarship Information

Many of our departments and schools provide scholarships, and the list below is not all-inclusive. If you have scholarship questions about any department within the College of Arts and Letters that is not listed below, please contact that department directly.
PARALEGAL STUDIES - B.A.
Frank D. Montague, Jr. Paralegal Studies Endowment: For an incoming junior majoring in paralegal studies in the Political Science Department. Student to be selected by the department based on merit.
POLITICAL SCIENCE – B.A.

Evelyn Gandy Scholarship: The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding incoming freshman who will major in political science and plans to study law. The student must be a graduate of a Mississippi high school with high academic ability, who has plans to attend law school in the state and who has a demonstrated interest in public service. Evelyn Gandy Scholars will receive the cost of tuition, room and board and textbooks. The award will be renewable for 4 years as long as the student maintains a cumulative 3.25 GPA. This scholarship is only available once every 4 years. Check with the department for current status.

Frank D. Montague, Jr. Paralegal Studies Endowment: For an incoming junior majoring in paralegal studies in the Department of Political Science. Student to be selected by the department based on merit.

The Jim Robertson Political Science Award: To be awarded to an upper-class level (can be a transferring junior college student) or graduate level political science major who has demonstrated exceptional aptitude for the study of political science. Special consideration should be given to a student who has encountered a significant challenge in pursuing his/her degree in political science.

SCHOOL OF MASS COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM

Lawrence C. Albers Film Scholarship: This scholarship is given to a senior whose emphasis is film. He/she must have a 3.0 GPA in RTF (radio, television, film) courses and an overall GPA of 2.5.

Andrew C. Austin Memorial Scholarship: This is an annual scholarship that is awarded by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism to a deserving junior or senior with an emphasis in radio, television production (media production).

Frank Buckley Scholarship: This scholarship was set up to provide aid to capable and deserving students majoring in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in news editorial.

Staci Cochran Davis Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship to a junior majoring in advertising who demonstrates financial need and maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who want to apply for this scholarship should complete their current FAFSA and the departmental scholarship application.

Robert C. Cook Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship goes to a student majoring in journalism (news-editorial, photojournalism or public relations) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students need to apply for this scholarship by completing the departmental application and the current FAFSA either online or through Financial Aid.

Jeff Cropco Memorial Scholarship: Provides scholarship support to students involved with The Student Printz at The University of Southern Mississippi. The student must be the current sports editor of The Printz; however, it is not necessary that he/she have a declared majored in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. This scholarship is awarded in the fall semester of every year. Contact Mandy Nace at for more information.

Michael Fatherree Memorial Scholarship: Provides a scholarship to a deserving junior or senior journalism student within the public relations emphasis area. The minimum overall GPA required is 3.0.

Tom Fredian Memorial Scholarship (currently unavailable): Provides aid to a student majoring in journalism, communications (including film) or public relations. Graduate and undergraduate students can apply for this scholarship, but in order to receive the funds, the student must be enrolled in six semester hours at the Gulf Park campus.

Melanie and Bill Hunsberger Scholarship: This scholarship is given to a worthy and qualified student majoring in either public relations, news-editorial or photojournalism.

W.E. "Bud" Kirkpatrick Endowment (currently unavailable): This scholarship is awarded to a student of junior or senior status majoring in public relations.

Leonard Lowrey Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship provides direct aid to students who demonstrate a need financially, have an interest in journalism and show high potential in the fields of journalism. Students need to apply for this scholarship by completing both the departmental application as well as their current FAFSA either online or through Financial Aid.

Milly East Martin Memorial Scholarship: This annual scholarship goes to a student majoring in the area of public relations.

Mississippi Power Company Endowed Scholarship: Mississippi Power established this scholarship to provide support to full-time undergraduate students enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi majoring in marketing, accounting, computer science, business administration, advertising, communication or journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Students must be residents of Mississippi. A 3.0 GPA is required. Students must complete the current FAFSA and the departmental scholarship application in order to apply.

Tarsha McLaurin Annual Scholarship: This scholarship will go to a minority student majoring in journalism (broadcast, news-editorial, photo, advertising or public relations). The student should be either an upcoming junior or senior and have a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Damian E. Morgan Scholarship in Photography: This is to provide scholarship support to a junior, senior or graduate student studying photography. Applicants must provide a mini-portfolio of five prints to the School of Mass Communication and Journalism upon applying.

Ralph Pruitt Scholarship (currently unavailable): This is a one-time scholarship given by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism that is open to any undergraduate MCJ major with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Marvin and Betty Reuben Scholarship: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide aid to an outstanding student majoring in broadcast journalism or broadcast production in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Upon being selected for this scholarship, the student will be designated as the Marvin Reuben Hub City Award Winner.

W. C. Shoemaker Journalism Scholarship: This scholarship goes to an in-state student (junior or senior) who is majoring in journalism with a news-editorial emphasis.

MUSIC, THEATRE, AND DANCE

Scholarships are available, and auditions are required. Please contact the department for more information.