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The Honors College at Southern Miss fosters a deep, communal engagement with ideas and an atmosphere of personal connection and achievement by providing students with intimate classes, immersive learning, and engaged research experiences. 

We create a supportive and challenging intellectual community, promote attentive mentoring, and expose our students to cutting-edge scholars and artists. 

Our students graduate knowing they’ve taken their education to the next level and with a lifelong commitment to using their capacities for the public good.



Honors College Scholarships, Awards, and Other Student Support

Giving to or establishing Honors College Scholarship funds ensures we can meet the needs of our students, as well as reward students who show significant promise.

  • Make an annual gift at any level to an existing fund. Consider committing to five years in a row.
  • Contribute to establish the Honors College Gold Anniversary Student Support fund, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Southern Miss Honors College in 2026. If $25,000 is raised an endowment will be created.
  • Establish a named scholarship endowment ($25,000 or more) for deserving Honors Scholars to provide financial support for tuition, research, and/or study-abroad experiences.

Honors College Development Fund

Giving to the Honors College Development Fund provides funding to respond quickly to students in need and to take advantage of unanticipated learning opportunities.

  • Make an annual gift at any level. Consider committing to five years in a row.
  • Sponsor professional development opportunities for students for $2,000 or more.
  • Contribute to our ability to meet the needs of students and faculty affiliated with the Honors College.

Honors Student Research and Creative Activity

Giving to funds that ensure students have the opportunity to conduct and present meaningful research and creative activities in their respective fields enables the Honors College to fulfill one of our most significant priorities.

  • Make an annual gift at any level. Consider committing to five years in a row.
  • Contribute to the Cannon-Heinhorst Undergraduate Research Endowment. 
  • Sponsor an Honors Scholar’s research activities for $1,500 or a scholar’s presentation travel expenses to an academic conference, workshop, or creative performance for $2,000.
Gifts over $1,000 to support the Honors College can be pledged and paid over five years.

For more information, contact the Honors College at 601.266.4533 or make your gift today by visiting the USM Foundation.

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