Your Hub for Scholarships
GO System - All University Offered Scholarships
The general application and all recommended opportunities should be completed each year by FEBRUARY 15TH to be considered for scholarships funded through the USM Foundation, including scholarships for specific majors, interest groups, campus involvement, and the Southern Miss Alumni Association. Students can complete the General Application beginning each October 1st to be considered for awards for the upcoming academic year.
The GO System houses a variety of scholarship opportunities for incoming and continuing students at Southern Miss at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Once admitted, all students can search, review requirements, apply and accept their University scholarships in one web portal! Just log in with your SOAR credentials to get started.
iGrad - External Scholarships and Financial Literacy Resources
iGrad is a financial literacy platform that is free for USM students, faculty and staff. It has external scholarship resources, financial education courses, job resources, and an active community of experts to assist you with your financial and career needs. Users can explore all topics through articles, courses, calculators, videos, games and other resources to learn how to improve your overall financial and economic wellness.
Get Involved Through Our Programs
We are proud to facilitate 3 major campus programs: Oseola McCarty Scholars, Nationally Competitive Programs, and F.L.I.G.H.T Program.
Oseola McCarty Scholars Program
Nationally Competitive Programs
- Click each link to learn more about each program.
- Oseola McCarty Scholars Program - 4 Year scholarship program for incoming freshman
- Nationally Competitive Programs and Fellowships - Pay for Graduate School, research opportunities, travel abroad, and more
- F.L.I.G.H.T. Program - Financial literacy program and ambassador opportunities
Additional Scholarship Information
Academic Common Market (Out of State Students)
The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 SREB states, who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate programs are available.
The ACM program is not competitive or merit-based, but applicants must meet state residency and college program requirements.
- To qualify for the Academic Common Market, a student must be a resident of an SREB member state, select a participating program that is approved for the Academic Common Market for his or her state and be admitted unconditionally into that program.
Additional external scholarship information can be found through this link: https://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/
ARMY ROTC - For all of your Army ROTC questions, please contact the Department of Military Sciences: call 601-266-4456 or email at armyrotcFREEMississippi
Additional external scholarship information can be found through this link: https://www.usm.edu/military-science/scholarships.php
The Alumni Association annually awards more than $20,000 to select children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni. The Pierce Legacy Scholars Program, regional alumni scholarships and resident tuition rates are just a few ways the Association helps encourage and foster the family tradition of choosing Southern Miss. Additionally, the Alumni Association manages and awards scholarships to incoming freshmen through the Elmo Lang Memorial Scholarship and the Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarship.
Applications must be submitted by February 15 through the GO System for the upcoming fall semester. Students selected for scholarships will be notified by mail by April 30. Students will be asked to confirm their acceptance of the award in writing to the Alumni Association office by May 15.
Additional scholarship information can be found through this link: https://www.southernmissalumni.com/s/995/bp18/interior.aspx?sid=995&gid=1&pgid=300&coseid=a7a37c75-6f79-4b81-957c-0338bc014f03&sMsg=
All Office of Undergraduate Scholarships are equally open to international students that meet the requirements. International students are included in the application pool for automatic consideration, auto-match, and apply-to scholarship opportunities provided by the University. We also encourage you to apply for any "other recommended opportunities" suggested for you in the GO System, as well as any on our website. We have also included additional external scholarship resources designated for international students.
- Contact Undergraduate International Admissions https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-admissions/international-admissions.php for admission requirements and programs offered
- Get connected on campus through International Student and Scholar Services and join an international student organization https://www.usm.edu/isss/international-student-organizations.php
- Some links below lead to national and international databases housed on other university sites. When reviewing opportunities, make sure that the opportunity is not limited to that specific institution.
https://www.studyusa.com/en : Study in the USA has been sharing education opportunities with international students for over 40 years. We only work with high quality, accredited English language programs, universities and colleges and reputable partners. StudyUSA+ helps students take advantage of those opportunities from discovery through enrollment in one secure platform.
https://www.internationalscholarships.com/ : The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.
https://www.iefa.org/ : IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
For all of your military benefit needs, please contact the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families: call at 601-266-4629 or email at VAFREEMississippi.
USM has up to 18 competitive scholarships located in the GO System that are offered through the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families. The information varies by scholarship but they are all Military based. Log into the GO System to get matched to these opportunities and apply!
Additional external military scholarship information can be found through this link:
Please, reach out to the designated department to audition and be considered for additional scholarships offered for program participation.
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- College of Arts and Sciences - Dance: https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-programs/dance.php
- College of Arts and Sciences - Theatre: https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-programs/theatre.php
- College of Arts and Sciences - School of Music: https://www.usm.edu/music/about-us.php