These FAQs are pertaining to maintaining Freshman/Transfer Academic & Designation-Based Scholarships, National Merit Scholarships, and MS Lincoln County Scholarships. Other institutional-based scholarships, Luckyday Scholar Program Scholarships, Honors College Scholarships or foundation scholarships are not impacted by the following information.
You should call your program’s office:
All students are mailed a formal stipulation agreement regarding their scholarship stipulations. We encourage you to keep a record of these stipulations until you graduate from USM. These stipulation agreements can also be found in the GO System under “My Applications”. A third place to review your hour stipulation is in SOAR under “To Do Lists.” This checklist will stay on your SOAR account until you graduate or your scholarship expires. It explains the required number of hours needed to maintain your scholarship.
As long as you are enrolled in the appropriate amount of USM credit hours (see the Q & A above), your scholarship will not be cancelled. If you fall below your enrollment requirement, your scholarship will be cancelled. You can appeal to the University Scholarship Appeals Committee for the semester you are returning to USM. It is recommended that you provide official documentation of your acceptance (including semesters of participation) and completion of the program. Visit “Appealing a Scholarship Status” at www.usm.edu/scholarships. This will provide details regarding the appeals process. You can also check out the FAQ section on the website.
Scholarships coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships are reviewed after final grades are posted for fall and spring semesters. This takes place in December and May after final grades are posted. It typically takes at least 10 business days for scholarship decisions to be made. Students will be sent an email to the students USM email account if the scholarship is placed on probation or is expiring within the year. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Undergraduate Scholarship staff will not give out decisions over the telephone.
Visit “Appealing a Scholarship Status” at www.usm.edu/scholarships. This website will provide details regarding the appeals process. You can also check out the FAQ section on OUS website.
The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships reviews cumulative USM GPA and enrollment after the fall and spring semesters. A separate audit will not be conducted after the summer semester.