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Undergraduate Scholarships

Freshman Competitive Scholarships

 January 15 - Competitive Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

(Note:  Students must be admitted to the University by December 1 in order to be considered for competitive scholarships.)

WHO CAN BE CONSIDERED

STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

CORE GPA

Click here for instructions on How To Apply for Competitive Scholarships in the Golden Opportunities (GO) Scholarship Application System.


HONORS COLLEGE Incoming freshman scholarships

Honors College website | honorsFREEMississippi | 601.266.4533 

All students admitted to the Honors College will receive some form of financial support as outlined below:

HONORS Scholar Award

All entering freshmen admitted to the Honors College will automatically be awarded the Honors Scholar Award, which consists of the following:

  • $2,000 annual scholarship for 4 years

Students with a composite of 30 ACT or higher (or SAT equivalent) who have been offered admission to the Honors College will be placed into competition for the Honors College Discovery Scholarship the Honors College Presidential Scholarship. These achievement awards are intended for students who not only have an impressive academic record but who also represent the ideals that the Honors College embraces: intellectual curiosity, creativity, engagement, openness to new ideas, passion for learning, and drive. Please note that these scholarships are awarded through a competitive process and are not automatically given to students who meet the minimum consideration requirements. All students who have been admitted to the Honors College and who meet criteria eligibility will be placed into competition for these awards; no additional materials are required.  Please note that although these are not need based awards, all recipients are required to submit a current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

HONORS COLLEGE DISCOVERY SCHOLARSHIP

A select group of students participating in the Honors College Achievement Award competition will be awarded the Discovery Scholarship, which consists of the following:

  • Full tuition for four years
  • The cost of campus housing for the fall and spring semesters of freshman year
  • A one-time $5,000 scholarship toward the USM study-abroad program of the recipient’s choice, to be used beginning in the sophomore year
  • A one-time $1,750 research grant designed to support Honors College thesis research, to be used once a student advances to the research portion of the curriculum
  • Click here to access the application via the Golden Opportunities Scholarship Application System.

HONORS COLLEGE PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A select group of students participating in the competition will be awarded the Presidential Scholarship, which consists of the following.  Scholarship equivalent to the cost of:

  • Tuition, campus housing and a meal plan for four years
  • $500 per semester educational allowance
  • Click here to access the application via the Golden Opportunities Scholarship Application System.

 Please note that recipients must live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years, and recipients who choose to move off campus during their junior and senior years will retain only the tuition and book stipends.


 

LUCKYDAY SCHOLARS PROGRAM (Mississippi Residents only)

Luckyday website | luckydayFREEMississippi | 601.266.5981

The Luckyday Scholars Program is grounded in student engagement through a robust living-learning community, leadership development, and community service. In addition to being a Mississippi resident with a minimum 3.0 high school core grade point average, successful applicants have a history of involvement within their communities and have challenged themselves academically while balancing varying responsibilities. The selection committee engages in a holistic, intensive review process that examines all aspects of the application. Students who feel that they embody the ideal of the program (strong work ethic, social responsibility, academic persistence, a strong desire to pursue an undergraduate education, needs support to pursue higher education, and committed to the growth of others) are encouraged to apply. Only complete applications will be reviewed, which includes all questions, essays, and recommendations. The Luckyday Scholars Program is stackable with most other scholarships, with the exception of Presidential or National Merit, but it cannot exceed the federal calculated cost of attendance for the academic year.

Students are required to live on campus their freshman year in Luckyday Citizenship Hall, take a Luckyday Seminar Class and commit to serving in the Hattiesburg community at least 20 hours each semester. Students will recieve a $6,000 annual scholarship for 4 years.

  • Mississippi residents only

  • 3.0 core high school grade point average or higher

  • Demonstrated commitment to community service, campus involvement, and academic excellence

  • Click here to access the application via the Golden Opportunities Scholarship Application System.


OSEOLA MCCARTY SCHOLARS PROGRAM (Mississippi Residents only)

Office of Undergraduate Scholarships | scholars@usm.edu |  601.266.4540

The Oseola McCarty Scholars Program honors the legacy of a Hattiesburg native who gave a significant portion of her life savings to the University in order to help students afford college.  Oseola Mccarty had a strong work ethic, giving heart, and a love for helping others. Students will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship for 4 years.

  • Mississippi residents only
  • Minimum 3.0 core high school grade point average and at least a 21 composite on the ACT
  • Must be from a public high school in south Mississippi, show demonstrated financial need, desire to serve the community, and strong leadership skills
  • Click here to access the application via the Golden Opportunities Scholarship Application System.

Contact Us

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

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Phone
601.266.4540