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.

When is the application available?
This application will be available in September of 2016. The application closing date will be December 15, 2016. You 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. Visit and apply under general applications. 

What are the requirements necessary to apply for the scholarship?

The successful applicant has at least a 3.0 core GPA, is a resident of Mississippi, has a history of involvement in their communities, and has 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 information will I need to provide on the application?

·         General Application 

·         FAFSA

·         Counselor Report 

·         Teacher Recommendation #1

·         Teacher/Activity Related Recommendation #2

·         Three required essays (minimum 300-500 words each) 

·         ZeeMee Profile


Housing Policy for Luckyday Scholars

Please understand and agree that you are selected as a Luckyday Citizenship Scholar, you will be required to live for your first year (fall/spring) of enrollment in Luckyday Citizenship Hall with other Luckyday Scholars.



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.