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Oseola McCarty Scholars Program

Fulfilling a Legacy

The Oseola McCarty Scholars Program is an extension of the Oseola McCarty Endowment offered by The University of Southern Mississippi that began in 2018. 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.

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The program is built on Oseola McCarty’s servant attitude and financial impact to the community with her generous donation to the University. Oseola McCarty Scholars participate in activities that center around financial literacy research, career planning, and community involvement. Oseola McCarty Scholars possess a strong work ethic, leadership skills, and a commitment to serving others through community service and school organizations. Oseola McCarty Scholars are chosen fairly through the freshman competitive scholarship application process to embark on this meaningful life endeavor. 

Values and Outcomes:

1.     Learning: Curriculum will allow students to research, teach, and promote current financial literacy practices and understand how they impact their communities.

2.     Leadership: Students will lead by example with their participation in the program and recruitment efforts for prospective Oseola McCarty Scholars.

3.     Collaboration: This program will work with various student affairs offices, faculty, staff, and community partners on various service projects and program needs.

4.     Inclusion: Oseola McCarty Scholars will have access to an exclusive curriculum and several mentorship opportunities to foster personal development.

5.     Responsibility: Students will develop life-long tools and experiences that will help them fulfill a social responsibility by upholding the wishes of Oseola McCarty.


  • Mississippi resident 
  • 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
  • Selected students will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship for 4 years.
  • Click here to learn how to apply
  • Click here to access the application via the Golden Opportunities Scholarship Application System


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

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