Scholarships

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education(TEACH) Grant Program: The U.S. Department of Education program provides grant funds to postsecondary students who are completing or planning to complete coursework that is needed to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students. Eligible full-time students may receive $4,000 per year in TEACH grant funds, up to a maximum of $16,000 for undergraduates and post-baccalaureate study, and $8,000 for graduate study.

William Winter Teacher Scholar Loan Program (WWTS):Offers Mississippi residents who are enrolled full time in an undergraduate teacher education program leading to a Class “A” standard teacher educator license up to $1,000 per academic year as freshmen and sophomores and $3,000 per academic year as juniors and seniors. Application deadline is April 30.

Critical Needs Teacher Loan/Scholarship Program(CNTP): Provides tuition, room and meals, books and required fees at the college or university in which the student is enrolled, not to exceed an amount equal to the total cost of tuition, room and meals, books and required fees assessed by a state public two-year or four-year institution of higher learning during that school year. Students must sign a contract agreeing to teach in an accredited Mississippi public school or public school district in a critical teacher-shortage area of Mississippi as defined at the time of his/her graduation for one year for each year the award is received. Funds are limited, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Application deadline is April 30.  

The College of Education and Psychology offers several endowed scholarships that range from $250 to full payment of tuition. Requirements vary widely across scholarships (i.e. GPA, financial need and/or demonstration of leadership). The deadline for submitting applications is April 1. These include:

  • Larry and Elizabeth Payne Education and Psychology Scholarship Fund: To be awarded to incoming freshmen who are majoring in any area within the College of Education and Psychology, with preference given to students with financial need and who are residents of the state of Mississippi. This scholarship may be renewed up to four years.Award shall be to six students. Dean of the College of Education and Psychology shall be responsible for the selection process.
  • 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 Scholarship: To award an outstanding student, undergraduate or graduate, who has a 3.0 GPA and plans to enter the teaching profession
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 A. and Lucy R. Clinton Scholarship Endowment: To award a scholarship to a student majoring in education who is a graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. Preference will be given to students who are classified as sophomores or higher. If no student from Oak Grove High School meets the criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to another qualified student majoring in education. Each recipient shall be selected by the College of Education and Psychology.
  • Luther and Myrtis Flurry: To be awarded 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 be awarded 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 provide a scholarship to a student who meets all standards to be formally admitted into the professional education program in elementary education; 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
  • Harry and Betty Halliwell Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education: To award 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 award capable and deserving students who are juniors or seniors and plan to teach
  • Louise M. Hawkins Endowed Scholarship: 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 be awarded 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, Instruction and Special Education. 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 Scholarship: To award 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 Scholarship: To award a capable and deserving student planning to teach, with preference to those in elementary education
  • Ola Farmer Lenaz: To award 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 aspires to become 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
  • Mary Louise Key McClammy Memorial Scholarship: To award an annual scholarship to a Southern Miss 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 Park campus for awarding with the same criteria. Applicants must graduate from a Mississippi high school, 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 Southern Miss, to wit: entering freshman must be in the top 25% of their high school graduating class; community or 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 and junior college studies; students transferring to Southern Miss from other universities or colleges, other than community and junior college studies, are not eligible for selection. Leadership qualities may be taken into consideration.
  • Tanya Field and William Eldon Mearse Elementary Education Scholarship Endowment: To be awarded to a student majoring in elementary education who has a minimum 2.8 GPA with financial need. If a student with financial need cannot be identified, the financial need criterion may be waived.
  • 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 Curriculum, Instruction and 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 department to provide more than one award.
  • John and Claudia Parker: To award a capable and deserving student who plans to teach school and needs financial assistance
  • James O “Buck” and Juanita Payne Scholarship Endowment: To be awarded to a student from Newton County who has a minimum 2.5 GPA. First preference shall be given to a student majoring in nursing or child and family studies. Second preference shall be given to a student majoring in education or any degree program within the College of Business. Preference shall also be given to a student with financial need who participates in extracurricular activities. The student must be a United States citizen.
  • 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. Financial aid office shall select the recipient
  • Amber Pulliam Special Education Endowment: To be awarded to a student who is studying within the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education; student shall be in the area of special education with emphasis in the disability area of teaching; 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 Endowed Scholarship: 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 resumé to the selection committee. The scholarship committee shall be comprised of curriculum and instruction faculty
  • Abbie Rogers Scholarship: To a junior or senior majoring in special education-mental retardation; selected by a special committee
  • Mildred Houston Rooker Endowed Scholarship: To provide an annual scholarship to a student majoring in elementary education based on financial need
  • Alyne Hall Thornhill Scholarship: To be awarded to a student in elementary education who plans to teach, with preference to students from Walthall County