Freshman Scholarships

Tuition Cost Estimator graphicGeneral and competitive scholarships for freshmen are available to students attending Southern Miss the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. To be considered for any of these scholarships, you must submit:

  • an application for admission
  • $40 application fee
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • a high school transcript

Standardized test scores: Only standardized test scores earned through December 2015 (ACT and SAT) will be considered for scholarship-awarding purposes and Honors College admission and evaluation.  The written portion of the ACT and SAT are not considered.

Core GPA: Core GPA is calculated using the student's grades earned in coursework that is part of the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC). Core GPA is calculated on a four-point scale; thus, weighted grades earned in AP, advanced or honors classes are not calculated into core GPA. (Consideration is given to applicants attempting AP, advanced or honors coursework, but primary emphasis is on core GPA.)

Who can be considered: Freshman scholarships and Honors College admission are available to students attending Southern Miss the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. To be eligible for consideration, you must have submitted an application for admission, the $40 application fee, a high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores by the consideration deadline of January 5. The consideration deadline for competitive freshman scholarship consideration and Honors College admission consideration has been extended to January 12. The consideration deadline for general freshman scholarships remains January 5.

 


 

General Freshman Scholarships

 

Academic Merit Scholarships - Mississippi Residents

 

Consideration Deadline: Jan. 5 (unless otherwise stated)

 

ACT Score Range

SAT Score Range

GPA Range

Scholarship Award

Annual Amount

30-36 ACT

1330-1600 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Tuition

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$3,500

28-29 ACT

1250-1320 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Academic Excellence Scholarship

$5,000

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$3,000

26-27 ACT

1170-1240 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Academic Excellence Scholarship

$4,500

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$2,500

24-25 ACT

1090-1160 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$4,000

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$2,000

21-23 ACT

1020-1080 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$1,000

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$500

 

Academic Merit Scholarships - Non-Mississippi Residents

 

 Consideration Deadline: Jan. 5 (unless otherwise stated)

 

ACT Score Range

SAT Score Range

GPA Range

Scholarship Award

Annual Amount

30-36 ACT

1330-1600 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Tuition + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$3,500 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.00 to 2.49

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Out-of-State Scholarship

28-29 ACT

1250-1320 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Academic Excellence Scholarship

$5,000 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$3,000 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.10 to 2.49

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Out-of-State Scholarship

26-27 ACT

1170-1240 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Academic Excellence Scholarship

$4,500 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$2,500 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.30 to 2.49

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.10 to 2.29

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Partial Out-of-State Scholarship

24-25 ACT

1090-1160 SAT

Core GPA of 3.0 or higher

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$4,000 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.50 to 2.99

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

$2,000 + Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.40 to 2.49

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.20 to 2.39

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Partial Out-of-State Scholarship

22-23 ACT

1020-1080 SAT

Core GPA of 2.5 or higher

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Out-of-State Scholarship

 

 

Core GPA of 2.30 to 2.49

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Partial Out-of-State Scholarship

21 ACT

980 SAT

Core GPA of 2.40 or higher

Golden Opportunity Scholarship

Partial Out-of-State Scholarship

 


 

Military Nonresident Fee Waiver

  • Veterans and service members (and the spouses and dependents thereof) who are not residents of Mississippi can receive a full waiver of the nonresident fee.
  • For instructions and application, contact the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at 601.264.4629 or www.usm.edu/military-veterans.

 

National Merit Scholarships

  • Scholarship equivalent to tuition for four years awarded to National Merit Semifinalists
  • Scholarship equivalent to tuition, campus housing, meal plan and a semester book stipend for four years awarded to National Merit Finalists

 

Star Student Scholarship

  • STAR student designation during senior year of high school
  • Composite ACT score of 23 or higher
  • $1,500 annually for four years
  • Proof of designation from the Mississippi Economic Council must be received by June 30.

 

Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship

  • Eagle Scout or Gold Award designation earned prior to freshman year enrollment
  • Composite ACT score of 23 or higher
  • $1,500 annually for four years
  • Copy of award certificate or letter from council leader must be received by June 30.

 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

  • Valedictorian or salutatorian designation
  • $1,500 annually for four years to valedictorians
  • $1,000 annually for four years to salutatorians
  • Letter of verification from high school official must be received by June 30.

 

Student Body President Scholarship

  • Student body president designation during senior year of high school (not awarded to class presidents)
  • $1,500 annually for four years
  • Letter of verification from high school official must be received by June 30.

 

Boys/Girls Nation Scholarship

  • Designation as either the governor of state or as state delegate to Boys/Girls Nation
  • $1,500 annually for four years
  • Verification of governor or national delegate designation must be received by June 30.

 

Boys/Girls State Scholarship

  • Mississippi residents only
  • Participation in Mississippi Boys/Girls State
  • One-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester during freshman year)
  • Verification of Boys/Girls State participation must be received by June 30.

 

Distinguished Young Women’s Scholarship

  • Mississippi residents only
  • Designation as winner in the state or local competition (not awarded to first or second alternates)
  • One-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester during freshman year) to local competition winners
  • $1,250 annually to state competition winner

 

Competitive Admissions-Based Scholarship Opportunities

 

Extended Application Deadline: January 12

 

Honors College Achievement Awards

    • Students with a composite 30 ACT score or higher (combined SAT score of 1330 or higher) who have been offered admission to the Honors College will be allowed to compete for the Honors College Discovery Scholarship and the Honors College Presidential Scholarship. Please note these scholarships are awarded through a competitive process and are not automatically awarded to students who meet the minimum consideration requirements.
    • To enter this competition, submit the 2016 Competitive Freshman Programs Application.

 

    • Honors College Discovery Scholarship
      A select group of students participating in the competition will be awarded the Discovery Scholarship, which consists of the following:
      • Full tuition for four years (and a waiver of the nonresident fee, if applicable)
      • The cost of campus housing for the fall and spring semesters of freshman year
      • A one-time $5,000 scholarship toward the USM study-abroad program of the recipient's choice
      • A one-time $1,750 research grant designed to support Honors College thesis research

 

  • Honors College Presidential Scholarship
    A select group of students participating in the competition will be awarded the Presidential Scholarship, which consists of the following:
    • Scholarship equivalent to the cost of tuition, campus housing, and a meal plan for four years, plus a semester book stipend. Please note that recipients must live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years, and recipients who choose to move off campus during their junior and senior years will retain only the tuition and book stipend portions of this scholarship.

 

Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholarship