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School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences

Scholarships

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Department of Geography and Geology offer several scholarships for students majoring in geography or geology. In addition to these specific scholarships, USM offers many others that are available to students from certain geographic regions, student who belong to Greek organizations, minority students, and students in the College of Science and Technology among others. Please check the USM Foundation Scholarships page here.

Geography Scholarships

  • Arthell Kelley Geography Scholarship Endowment - The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Geography students.
  • James Joe Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Geography - The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to a worthy and qualified student majoring in Geography.
  • Oliver Austin Physical Sciences Scholarship Endowment - The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in Physical Sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry or Earth Sciences.

Geology Scholarships

  • Arthur Rice Mellen and Mary Ann Mellen Scholarship Endowment - The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Geology in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi. Preference shall be given to students with an emphasis in Environmental Geology.

  • Dr. Richard L. Bowen Memorial Geology Annual Scholarship - The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to one undergraduate student majoring in Geology or one student in the Geology master program. This scholarship shall be awarded in the amount of $500 per year until funds are depleted.

  • Edward J. and Sue Wilby McCarty Endowed Geology Honors Scholarship - The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for a student majoring in Geology. Terms are as follows: 1) Student must be enrolled in the Honors College, or be eligible for enrollment in terms of grades and test scores, and must major in Geology. 2) As part of the selection process, the applicant must submit a letter to the faculty of the Department of Geology and to the Honors College (as appropriate), describing their interest in a career in Geology. 3) The selection of the scholarship will be made by the faculty of the Department of Geology, in a manner determined by the faculty. 4) The student must maintain a 3.2 GPA (overall), with a 3.35 GPA in geology. 5) The student must complete the following courses: Calculus (10 hours), Physics with Calculus, Applied Statistics, and one course in either Management or Organization Theory. 6) A senior thesis is required and will be developed with the direction of a Ph.D. Geology faculty member. See fund agreement for “exceptions and clarifications.” This scholarship should be limited to $2,000.00 per year per recipient.

  • Joseph and Kay Dixon Geology Scholarship - The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship of a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Geology. Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA in Geology course work.

  • Oliver Austin Physical Sciences Scholarship Endowment - The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in Physical Sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry or Earth Sciences.

  • Tellus Endowed Geology Scholarship - The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time Geology graduate student with preference given to a student planning a career as a petroleum geologist. The student shall have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. If a student with financial need cannot be identified, the financial need criterion may be waived. If no graduate student can be identified, the scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate student that does meet the criteria.

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School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences

103 Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC) 
118 College Dr. #5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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