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Pathways SUMMER 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 internship or other approved off campus pathway experiences, such as fieldwork, research, etc; meet the eligibility and criteria guidelines of the program; and are selected for participation by the Pathway Scholarship Council. Program requirements may be modified as necessary to ensure compliance with institutional, state and federal guidelines.


Log in to the GO System at using your SOAR credentials.

Hover over “Opportunities” and Select “Ours”
Search for Pathways Summer Scholarship and click the gold “Apply” button
Students must have already accepted a pathway experience and submit the complete application, by March 1, 2022


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 to help cover expenses
  6. Confirmation of internship acceptance (Must have been offered and accepted a pathway experience before applying for scholarship)                                                             
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.
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 pathwaysFREEMississippi.

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