Application Guidelines

The Luckyday Citizenship Scholarship Program is grounded in student engagement through a robust living/learning community, community service and leadership development. 


Who can apply for a Luckyday Citizenship Scholarship?

Mississippi residents who have been accepted into The University of Southern Mississippi as freshmen may apply for the scholarship.


What are the requirements necessary to apply for the scholarship?

The successful applicants have at least a 3.0 core GPA, are residents of Mississippi, have a history of involvement in their community, and have challenged themselves academically while balancing varying responsibilities. Evaluation is placed on financial need, community service, leadership positions in high school, recommendations, and overall fit for the Luckyday Program.  Students who feel that they embody the ideals of the Program (strong work ethic, social responsibility, academically persistent, strong desire to pursue an undergraduate education, and desires/needs support to pursue their higher education dreams and goals, and is committed to the growth of others) are encouraged to apply.


How do I access the application?

Visit and apply under general applications. The application closing date will be December 15, 2016. Students must have already applied for admission to USM by December 1, 2016 in order to be eligible. It is an entirely online application, including the recommendations. 


What information will I need to provide on the application?

  • General Application 
  • Counselor Report 
  • Teacher Recommendation #1 from a teacher who knows you well
  • Teacher/Activity Related Recommendation #2 from someone who knows you in a supervisory role
  • Three required essays (minimum 300-500 words each) 
  • ZeeMee Profile - link to your profile in application


**Due to a complication with application processing, the competitive application is not accessible yet. In the meantime, applicants can prepare by:

  • Creating their ZeeMee profile in order to let us know more about the person behind the application
  • Talking to possible recommenders and let them know the recommendation link is coming
  • Writing the essays so they can be uploaded when the application can be accessed


Essay Topics - about 500 words is suggested: 

1. In Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, which served as a common reading for Luckyday Scholars the summer of 2016, Stevenson remembers his grandmother telling him throughout his childhood, “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close.” Stevenson used this philosophy in his work with the incarcerated and underrepresented people he has served through the Equal Justice Initiative. As you begin your collegiate studies, how will you “get close” to the issues that are most important to you?

2. Tell us about a difficult situation you have encountered in life. How have you dealt with this difficulty? What have you learned? How has this influenced your goals and perspectives?

3. What about the Luckyday Citizenship Program at Southern Miss appeals to you? What can you bring to the Luckyday, Southern Miss and Hattiesburg communities?

Please note that the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholarship is stackable with most other scholarships, with the exception of Presidential or National merit, but may not exceed the federal calculated cost of attendance for the 2017-2018 academic year.  For information about Admissions-based scholarships for which you are qualified for, please visit

Please call the Luckyday office at 601.266.5981 if you are having troubles with recommendation emails reaching the intended recipients or for any other questions. You may also email