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The mission of the Joe Paul Leadership Scholars Program is to attract and support student leaders that embody the true Southern Miss spirit. We want students who possess character, leadership, passion, and grit and make a positive impact for the next generation.

Dr. Joe Paul, President of The University of Southern Mississippi


February 15: Submit the Leadership Scholarship Application

April 1: Students will be notified regarding the status of the Leadership Scholarship.

May 1: Students must accept the Leadership Scholarship

The Joe Paul Leadership Scholars Program targets high school students who, in true Southern Miss spirit, NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN.

"An ACT score doesn’t tell the whole story of a student. Character, leadership, passion, and grit cannot be quantified. We want all students to come to Southern Miss with a purpose, to take the wheel and chart their path. These leadership scholars will positively impact and alter USM for the next generation."

Dr. Joe Paul, President of The University of Southern Mississippi

Students will receive a $6,000 annual scholarship for 4 years. Non-Residents will receive an additional $2,000 annually to offset non-resident fees. Leadership Scholars will participate in the Joe Paul Leadership Scholars Program during their first year at Southern Miss and must maintain a 2.5 GPA and full-time enrollment.


  • Students must be admitted to The University of Southern Mississippi before applying to the scholarship and seek enrollment at Southern Miss the fall semester immediately after high school graduation.
  • Minimum 3.0 core high school grade point average
  • Have a proven record of leadership in high school and community activities
  • Please know a university representative may contact your high school to confirm your disciplinary and academic standing prior to scholarships being awarded.

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

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