picture of Robery NoyceDepartment Grant-Funded Scholarships

A scholarship program has been established by the National Science Foundation in honor of Robert Noyce (pictured on the left) through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry which is directed specifically towards those students majoring in the chemistry licensure (high school teaching) option. The intent is to remove financial obstacles to those seeking to be chemistry high school teachers. Click here for details.

Department Foundation Scholarships

Through the generosity of alumni of the department and other benefactors, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Southern Miss is able to offer scholarships to qualified majors. These scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of academic excellence on a semester-by-semester basis. They may be funded for up to eight semesters. Scholarships currently average approximately $1000/yr and are awarded in addition to any other USM scholarships. To receive and retain a department scholarship, a student is required to be full-time with a declared major in chemistry, to be enrolled in a chemistry course each semester, and to maintain a stipulated grade point average.

Named Departmental Foundation Scholarships
Charles and Carolyn Brent Endowed Scholarship
Chemistry/Biochemistry Alumni Scholarships
Fred H. and Nadyne M. Drews Endowed Scholarship
Robert Jordan Endowed Scholarships (Must be in the Honors College)
Cecil G. Sharp Endowed Scholarship
Bobby R. Thornton Memorial Scholarships
John and Janice Wells-Addison Endowed Scholarship
Professor Rajive Khanna Memorial Scholarship

Application Requirements for Department Foundation Scholarships

Complete the generic application form using Adobe Acrobat Reader Format and mail it to the address below.  NOTE: There is only ONE application to be considered for all department foundation scholarships. The scholarship committee will determine which scholarship is assigned to each student.


High school and community college students: Please have a copy of your school transcript sent directly to the Southern Miss Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Only the transcript from your current school is requested.

Current Southern Miss students: We can access your transcript so there is no need to submit it.


You must arrange to have a letter of recommendation from your chemistry teacher or professor sent directly to the Southern Miss Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. High school students should have their high school chemistry teacher submit a letter. College students will need a letter from one of their college chemistry professors.

ACT Scores:

Your math, science, and composite ACT scores must appear on your high school transcript or in your Southern Miss admissions file.


A one- to two-page essay explaining why you should receive this award must accompany this application.


Mail your completed application form and the essay to the address below.

High school and community college students should request that your transcript and your letter of recommendation be sent directly to the address shown below.

Mailing address:

Chair, Scholarship Committee
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5043
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001