Funding Your Experience

The University of Southern Mississippi
SUMMER Pathways Scholarship Program

To help offset the costs of pursuing an unpaid internship/pathway experience or to assist with student financial need, The University of Southern Mississippi awards competitive scholarships to undergraduate students who obtain full-time internship or other approved pathway experiences, such as fieldwork or research; meet the eligibility and criteria guidelines of the program; and are selected for participation by the Pathway Scholarship Committee. Program requirements may be modified as necessary to ensure compliance with institutional, state and federal guidelines.


The application will be evaluated based on the criteria below:

  1. Evidence of a meaningful experience and involvement in significant professional work or research
  2. Evidence that the experience will provide opportunities to apply academic studies to the work or research experience
  3. Evidence of preparation by the student for the experience
  4. Evidence that the experience is related to the student's post-graduation/career goals
  5. Evidence of financial need
  6. Evidence of balancing the experience with other time commitments (coursework, etc.)                                                                                   


The application deadline is March 1, 2019 and includes three sections:
  1. Student Application and Budget Expense Form 
  2. Company/Organization Information Form
  3. Faculty Recommendation Form
Students must submit the complete application, by March 1, 2019
See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Student Eligibility
  • Preference will be given to students scheduled to graduate in the 12 months following the application and then to students who will have another year to pursue an internship/pathway as a Southern Miss undergraduate.
  • Student must be returning to Southern Miss as a full-time student after their internship to be eligible for a Southern Miss Pathway Scholarship.
  • International students must include verification that they are eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
Hours and Weeks
  • Internships/pathways must be full-time (30-40 hours per week) for a minimum of eight continuous weeks during the SUMMER.
  • Alternatives may be considered given equivalent time commitments as applicable.
On-Campus Experiences
  • Internships on the Southern Miss campus are NOT eligible for a pathway scholarship.
Special Programs
  • The Pathways Scholarship Program does not fund workshops, institutes, travel study programs, study abroad, courses or other learning experiences.
  • Receiving a scholarship does not prohibit students from participating concurrently in a Southern Miss internship/pathway course.
  • Applicants who want to take other courses, beyond the internship/pathway course, at the same time as the pathways experience must include a list of courses to be taken during the time of the pathway experience and an explanation of how the applicant plans to meet the requirements of both the internship/pathway and the course(s).

Amounts awarded to the student will vary based upon the amount of funding provided by the sponsoring organization and the student's demonstration of financial need. 
Questions or need additional help? Contact us at
2018 Pathway Scholarship Winners:
Katie ByrdMerchandisingBuddyLove Clothing LabelDallas, TX
Cameron CloudBio Sci/Comm StudiesBridgewater PsychiatryGulfport, MS
Talib GrambyPsychologyCamp Star FishRindge, NH
Mollye HancockTherapeutic RecreationClinton Thera. Rec. DeptClinton, MS
Jonathan PuckettEnglish/HistoryMS Dept. of Archives & HistoryJackson, MS
Sarai SaultersHospitality/tourismSonesta ResortsHilton  Head, SC
Hannah ScottPolitical scienceThe Urban InstituteWashington DC
Nima SherpaTourism ManagementMother's CantinaOcean City, MD
Amelia StrahanBroadcast Journalism/Pol Sci.NBC/The Weekend Today ShowNYC, NY
Morgan VonderbrueggeInterior DesignInside Outside Kitchen & BathGulfport, MS
Azoia WilliamsTherapeutic RecreationWesley Merit HealthHattiesburg, MS
Cara WilsonPolitical scienceChwat GroupWashington DC