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.


What is included in the application?

Students will need to complete the general application in the GO Application System, and as they are qualified for certain scholarship like the Luckyday Scholarship additional competitive applications will open in their account. A complete application includes:

  • 3 essays, with topics involving how you would commit yourself to the Luckyday and Southern Miss communities, a challenge you have overcome, and how you would honor the grace-gift given by our founder
  • Recommendation from an academic reference
  • Recomendation from a service supervisor or an organization advisor
  • Link to your ZeeMee profile
  • FASFA 


How do I access the application?

Students who are interested in applying for Freshman and Transfer Designation-Based scholarships, the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program, USM Foundation Scholarships, and Honors College Admission and Achievement Awards will use the GO Application system. The application system can be found at


You must first be accepted to the University and log into the Go Application system using your student ID and SOAR password. 


When will the application open for students applying for the fall of 2019?

  • September 1, 2018
    Application opens for USM enrollment and the Luckyday Citizenship Scholarship

  • January 15, 2019
    Deadline for submitting the Luckyday Citizenship Scholarship

  • Mid-March 2019
    Applicants will be notified of their scholarship status through the GO Application system