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Current USM Students Receiving Freshman or Transfer Scholarships: How do I keep the scholarship?

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 reinstatement.

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 scholars@usm.edu 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.

 

Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Scholarships
Kennard-Washington (KWH) 200
118 College Drive #5011
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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Email
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Phone
601.266.4540