Undergraduate Scholarships

The College of Education and Psychology is thankful for the support provided to our students through privately funded scholarships and awards.  These  scholarships and awards  are made available through generous donors who understand the significance of a university education and the positive impact education has on individuals, communities, and our state.  The College considers it a privilege to partner with these donors to enhance educational outcomes at all levels.

Scholarship information for the College of Education and Psychology is located in the Undergraduate Bulletin and is listed below. Application Deadline is March 1st. Please return your application materials as described in the application form to the Dean's office, OMH 116.  For any other questions, please contact the CoEP Dean's office at 601-266-4224 for additional details.  

In addition to the private scholarships listed below, the Mississippi Teacher Shortage Act of 1998 provides critical needs incentives; to learn more, visit the Mississippi Department of Education website. The state of Mississippi also offers additional teacher education scholarships that can be found here, and the US Department of Education offers the TEACH Grant.

 Annual Scholarships

*MARY ANN CARMICHAEL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: To be given to a student who has a declared major in any department in education. Award shall be determined by a committee set up by the dean of the college.

*MICHAEL MARKS EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: To be awarded to a student admitted into the teacher certification program in secondary education who is majoring in speech communication or theater; selection to be made by the Professional Education Council; preference to be given to those education majors who are members of the Mississippi Association of Educators’ Student Program at Southern Miss.

*LARRY AND ELIZABETH PAYNE EDUCATION and PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP FUND: To be awarded to an incoming freshman who has demonstrated financial need majoring in any area within the College of Education and Psychology with preference to those who are residents of the state of Mississippi. Award shall be to six students. Dean of the College of Education and Psychology shall be responsible for the selection process.

*JEANNIE AND TIM RYAN IN HONOR OF DR. BONNIE J. DAVIS: To provide an annual scholarship to an incoming freshman from public or private schools in Hancock County who has demonstrated leadership skills through school and community involvement. This student will major in teacher education. Selection will be made by faculty in the College of Education and Psychology.

*USM ASSOCIATION OF OFFICE PROFESSIONALS (AOP): To provide a scholarship to a capable and deserving junior or senior with a 3.0 GPA or better majoring in business technology with emphasis in office administration or related field.

Endowed Scholarships

*ODESSA POWELL BEASLEY ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ENDOWMENT: To provide scholarship funds to an education major entering his or her junior year with plans to be an elementary teacher. The student should be from a rural county and have financial need. Award to only one student.

*DR. R.G. BIGELOW: Award to an outstanding student, undergraduate or graduate, who has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to enter the teaching profession.

*ANNELLE BONNER: Scholarship awarded to junior or senior majoring in business teacher education. Must meet academic and citizenship requirements.

*THELMA V. BOUNDS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT: To award an annual scholarship to a deserving sophomore, junior, or senior native Mississippian attending The University of Southern Mississippi who demonstrates financial need with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to retain the scholarship. Selection is to be made by a scholarship committee made up of faculty from the history, literature, and elementary education departments. Preference should be given to those who major in history, literature, or elementary education.

*ZED HOUSTON BURNS: Award to an outstanding student in psychology.

*CLAUDE "COTTON" AND HILDA FOIL CAMPBELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP: To provide a scholarship for any student majoring in special education. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue receiving this scholarship. The Dean of the College of Education and Psychology will establish the selection criteria and committee.

*PEARL CAMPBELL: To a deserving first-year undergraduate student who plans to major in family and consumer sciences and demonstrates the need for financial assistance.

*RUBY LITTRELL CARSON: To provide a scholarship to a student who is majoring in elementary or secondary education. Selection will be made by faculty members in the College of Education and Psychology.

RANKIN AND LUCY R. CLINTON: To a graduate of Oak Grove High School, sophomore or higher, majoring in the education field.

*BETTY DUKES CRAFT: To an outstanding junior majoring in home economics.

*WILLIE EVELYN EWELL BUSINESS EDUCATION PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP: To provide scholarship funds to a student majoring in business education. The recipient is to be selected by a committee comprising business education faculty members.

*LUTHER AND MYRTIS FLURRY: Award to a full-time student in the College of Education and Psychology, with preference given to those who plan to teach in rural schools in the state of Mississippi.

*KATHERINE SELBY FOOTE: To a student in the College of Education and Psychology with preference given to a student majoring in math education or to a student who has worked or is working as a teaching assistant.

*DR. JAMES AND BARBARA BYRD GUERNSEY ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ENDOWMENT: To be awarded to a student who meets all standards to be formally admitted into the professional education program in elementary education. This award shall be given to a minimum of two students each year with preference to those students in the K-8 program who are juniors or seniors. Administration of selection committee shall be determined by the dean of the college.

*DR. SARA AND CLIFFORD HAGENSON: To a student in early childhood education, upon recommendation of that department.

*HARRY AND BETTY HALLIWELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: For a deserving student with financial need who will enter the junior year as an elementary education major. Selection will be made by faculty in the College of Education and Psychology. The student must be from Mississippi.

*FRANCES K. HARRELL: To capable and deserving students who are juniors or seniors and plan to teach.

*LOUISE M. HAWKINS: To provide annual scholarship assistance to capable and deserving students pursuing degrees in the field of education and nursing. In determining recipients, academic achievements shall be considered. (One-half is to go to education, one-half to nursing).

*MILDRED STAFFORD AND ERNEST WOODFIN HESTER SCHOLARSHIP FOR FUTURE LEADERS IN EDUCATION: To a junior or senior majoring in elementary education who has completed a minimum of 12 hours in education courses at Southern Miss. The individual should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, with a minimum of 3.25 in education courses. Selection will be made by the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from an education department faculty member who has had the student in at least one course. The other letter must be from a pastor or director of one of the Southern Miss ministries. The letters should focus on the moral character and leadership attributes of the intended scholarship recipient.

*ALMA HICKMAN: To a capable and deserving student majoring in education.

*SONDRA S. HOLMAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: To provide scholarship assistance to a capable and deserving student majoring in elementary education.

*ODELLE-HORNE ISHEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: To provide an annual scholarship to a deserving student majoring in elementary education. Selection to be made by the College of Education and Psychology.

*FAY KAIGLER SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: To award scholarships to Mississippi students who are preparing to become elementary teachers. Selection to be made by faculty in the College of Education and Psychology. Full-time tuition scholarships will be awarded (in-state only) based on availability of funds.

*PEARL REYNOLDS LEECH: To a capable and deserving student planning to teach, with preference to those in elementary education.

OLA FARMER LENAZ: To a capable and deserving student who plans to enter the teaching profession.

*MADIE PEDEN LIGHT: To provide a scholarship to a student, with need, who has the proclivity to be a teacher.

ROBBIE COCKERHAM LIGHTSEY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP: To be awarded to a deserving student from the College of Education and Psychology majoring in elementary education. Preference shall be given to someone from Jones County.

*LANELLE GADDIS LONG: To a capable and deserving student in Child and Family Studies. Recommendation of the department.

*MARY LOUISE KEY MCCLAMMY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: To offer an annual scholarship to a USM student meeting certain eligibility requirements including admission to the College of Education and Psychology with a major in elementary education as the primary beneficiary of the scholarship, OR to the College of Business as the secondary beneficiary if no education major is selected. Consideration will be given to applicants of Vietnamese descent. If no Vietnamese student meets the criteria on the Hattiesburg campus, then the scholarship will go to the Gulf Coast campus for awarding with the same criteria. Applicants must graduate from a MS high school and be a citizen of the U.S. and must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours. Applicants must meet or exceed certain academic standards in addition to the usual admission policies established by USM, to wit: entering freshman must be in the top 25% of their high school graduating class; community/junior college transfer students must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have completed a minimum of 27 semester hours of community/junior college studies; students transferring to USM from other universities or colleges (other than community/junior college studies) are not eligible for selection. Leadership qualities may be taken into consideration.

*STELLA HARPER MCNEIL: To a full-time female majoring in home economics education based on need, character, internship and student's potential to make contributions to his or her community and society, with a 2.5 GPA or better.

*MISSISSIPPI MAGNOLIA DISTRICT, CIVITAN INTERNATIONAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP: To provide scholarships to students in training to become teachers of special education. The award to be given to an upperclassman, if possible. The Department of Special Education at Southern Miss will select the awardee based on merit, need, and such other criteria as the department deems proper. Preference shall be given to someone who has ties to a civitan. The award may be divided at the discretion of the Special Education Department to provide more than one award.

*FANNIE OZELL OWINGS: To a student majoring in child and family studies, upon recommendation of that area.

*JOHN AND CLAUDIA PARKER: To a capable and deserving student who plans to teach school and needs financial assistance.

JAMES O. "BUCK" AND JUANITA PAYNE SCHOLARSHIP FUND: To a student with financial need who comes from a middle- or lower-income level; student should have maintained a 2.5 GPA in high school or have a 2.5 GPA in their college work. Student should also be a United States citizen. This scholarship shall be awarded to any student seeking a qualified degree at the university in nursing or family and consumer sciences with preference given to someone from Newton County.

BESSIE PARKER PROCTOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: To provide a scholarship to a deserving student who is a graduate of Tylertown High School majoring in music, or if there is not a qualified music major, to be awarded to a student majoring in education. If there are no education majors who qualify, the expendable interest from the fund shall be returned and added to the corpus. Financial Aid shall select the recipient.

*AMBER PULLIUM SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDOWMENT: To be awarded to a student who is studying within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Student shall be in the area of special education with emphasis in the disability area of teaching students. This scholarship shall be given with preference to a student in the Pine Belt area. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.

SELMAN-REISER: To provide scholarships for students from Lawrence County attending Southern Miss who demonstrate financial need. These students will be studying to become teachers. Selection to be made by Financial Aid office. 3.0 GPA required.

*LUCY RYALS ROBERTSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: To provide a scholarship to a deserving student from Marion County who has a minimum junior status and has been officially accepted to any educational program leading to licensure in the state of Mississippi. The recipient must have an overall 2.75 grade point average. Applicants must submit an essay statement describing their personal and professional goals along with a resume to the selection committee. The scholarship committee shall be comprised of curriculum and instruction faculty and the donor or the donor representative.

*ABBIE ROGERS: To a junior or senior majoring in special education-mental retardation. Selected by a special committee.

*LEROY AND LYNELL ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP: To provide a scholarship to an outstanding and deserving junior student in Child and Family Studies to use during his or her senior year. The student needs to exemplify a commitment to their major and profession, possess no less than a Southern Miss overall GPA of 3.0, and the selection will be made by faculty in the Child and Family Studies program area.

*MILDRED HOUSTON ROOKER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP: To provide an annual scholarship to a student majoring in elementary education based on financial need.

MR. AND MRS. R. E. SHOEMAKE: To a student from Forrest or Perry county working on a master's degree in education or an undergraduate degree in elementary education.

ALYNE HALL THORNHILL: An award to a student in elementary education who plans to teach, with preference to students from Walthall County.

*DABNEY E. WEATHERFORD SCHOLARSHIP: To provide a scholarship for a capable student demonstrating financial need from the state of Alabama majoring in social and rehabilitation services. The student should have at least a 2.5 GPA from high school or previous college hours. Preference should be given first to a student from the Birmingham metropolitan area, second to a student from Jefferson County, and third to a student from the state of Alabama. If no student meets the qualifications, then award to a student from any state with preference to Southern states.

*Recipients to be chosen by the College of Education and Psychology