Office of Nationally Competitive Awards


The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) assists students in strategically developing strong careers throughout their time at Southern Miss, as well as helping them to prepare the strongest applications possible for national scholarship opportunities such as Truman, Marshall, Goldwater, Rhodes and many others. These scholarships assist in the cost of study abroad, research or graduate school. The office is housed in the Honors College but is available to help all students, including graduates and alumni. 

Students interested in applying for nationally competitive awards should click here

Robyn Curtis, Director
601.266.4533 |
Honor House 207
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 


Helpful links:

Nationally Competitive Awards: There are a variety of national scholarships available to a wide range of majors. Here you can learn more about many of the available national scholarships and information on each, including deadlines and past winners.

Recent Honorees: Learn more about Southern Miss' recent national scholarship winners, finalists and honorable mentions.

Internet Resources in Educational Advising: This website contains many links to sources of financial aid, testing, international programs, and university based resources.

Scholarship Connection Database: Students may also try this link to a searchable scholarship database that allows students to put in several different criteria to find less well known scholarship options.


This office does not handle Southern Miss scholarships. The Admissions Office is the department best able to answer questions regarding scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students.