Current USM Students Receiving Freshman or Transfer Scholarships: How do I keep the
FAQs by Current Students about Freshman or Transfer Scholarships
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 Foundation Citizenship Scholarships, or
foundation scholarships are not impacted by the following information.
You should call your program’s office:
Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholarship | Luckyday Scholars Program | 601-266-5981
Presidential, Discovery, or Honors Scholar Scholarships | Honors College | 601-266-4533
Oseola McCarty Foundation Scholarships | Undergraduate Scholarships | 601-266-4540
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. You also have a positive indicator/hold on your SOAR account explaining
the required number of hours needed to maintain your scholarship. This indicator
is a hold because the scholarship will not disburse unless you are enrolled in the
correct amount of hours for your scholarship.
If you were awarded the scholarship before fall 2017, you must enroll in at least
12 credit hours. If you drop below 12 hours and the scholarship has already disbursed
for the semester, it will be cancelled for the upcoming semester.
If you were awarded the scholarship for fall 2017 or future semesters, you must enroll
in at least 15 credit hours. If you drop below 15 hours and the scholarship has already
disbursed for the semester, it will be cancelled for the upcoming semester. This is
also true for State of Mississippi financial aid awards (i.e. MTAG, MESG, HELP Grant).
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.
Typically students enrolled in the required number of credit hours will receive one
probation semester if their grades fall below the required cumulative GPA 3.000. If
a student has already received one probation semester, their scholarship will be cancelled.
If the scholarship is only awarded for two semesters, a probationary period may not
be granted and the scholarship will be cancelled. We encourage you to review the stipulation
agreement sent with the original scholarship offer.
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. It typically takes at least one week for scholarship decisions to be made.
Students will be sent a letter to their home address listed in SOAR. Due to the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Undergraduate Scholarship staff will not
give out decisions over the telephone.
Additional Resources: Academic calendar provides details regarding when grades are available for students.
If you need to updated contact information, contact the Office of the Registrar (usm.edu/registrar).
No, probation semesters cannot be appealed. Students will still receive funds for
the upcoming semester if placed on probation; therefore, an appeal is not necessary.
If the scholarship is cancelled, the student can submit an appeal at that time for
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.
Once the official grade in SOAR has been updated, students should email firstname.lastname@example.org
regarding details of their grade change including their name and student ID. Undergraduate
Scholarship staff will review the information in SOAR and contact student regarding
an update in their scholarship status.
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.