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Undergraduate Scholarships

Freshman Scholarships

First-Time, Full-Time Incoming Freshman Only: 2023 High School Graduates

 
Freshman scholarships are available to high school seniors fully admitted to Southern Miss for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. The priority admission deadline for all possible scholarship consideration is DECEMBER 1. Scholarship applications begin closing as early as January 15th, so we want to make sure you have adequate time to apply for all available scholarship opportunities for the upcoming year.
 
A completed admission file includes an application for admission, the $45 application fee, your high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores. A current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all undergraduate scholarships. The Southern Miss priority date for FAFSA completion for scholarship consideration is December 15
 
* Students who are classified as freshman by the criteria above do not qualify for transfer scholarships. Freshman scholarships cannot be stacked with transfer scholarships.

For Freshman Academic Scholarships, Designation-Based Scholarships, and Competitive Scholarships, only standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) earned through December of student's senior year will be considered.

  • For students exclusively submitting SAT scores, the combined scores of the Critical Reading and Quantitative sections will be the standardized test scores of record for the purposes of scholarship awarding and Honors College admission consideration.
  • This score will be converted to the equivalent ACT score based on the testing concordance in place at the time of the testing date. (Click here and view Table A2.)
  • For students taking the December standardized test during their senior year, official scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by February 1 for scholarship consideration. Notifications regarding an updated scholarship offer will be mailed in February.
  • The University of Southern Mississippi does accept super score ACT for scholarship purposes. (This only applies to incoming Freshman Academic Year 2022 and beyond. Previous years are ineligible for superscore criteria.)
  • Core GPA is calculated using the student's grades earned in coursework that is part of the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) as set forth by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.
  • Core GPA is calculated on a four-point scale; thus, weighted grades earned in AP, advanced or honors classes are not calculated into core GPA.
  • For freshman scholarship consideration, core GPA will be calculated from the official high school transcript based on the student's first six semesters of high school work.

High school students with dual enrollment credit will still be considered for freshman scholarships as long as they are attending Southern Miss the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarships

Freshman Designation-Based Scholarships

Freshman Competitive Scholarships

Freshman National Merit Scholarships

Kelly Gene Cook Foundation Scholarship

All Other Freshman Scholarships

All University offered scholarships are available in the GO System. Once a student completes the General Application, the student is then matched to various scholarship applications within the system or can search among 900 options. After reviewing the brief description provided, the student may then determine if they would like to complete the additional scholarship application(s). We highly encourage students to apply for as many additional scholarships as possible each year. Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee receival of the award. All offers will be sent to the student's USM email address. Offers can be made at anytime during the year, but the majority of offers will be made by May 1st. This process will need to be completed each year before the February 15th priority deadline. 

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