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Undergraduate Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships: Academic and Designation-Based

Transfer Academic & Designation-Based Scholarship | FAQs

These FAQs are pertaining to students receiving and applying-to transfer academic and transfer designation-based scholarships at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Office of Undergraduate Scholarships sends monthly notification during the following times:

  •  Students entering spring semesters: November, December and January
  • Students entering fall semesters: May - July
We consider all college work completed following high school, not just your most recently attended institution.  This will be your cumulative transfer GPA calculated by The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Admissions.

Visit and click the gold button labeled “Transfer Scholarships.”  Students must be admitted and submit documentation in the GO System by the stated deadline.

Academic records submitted and received by The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Admissions on or before the stated scholarship deadline will be considered for scholarship purposes. If your updated transcript is submitted after the deadline, these records will not be considered for scholarship eligibility.

Once a student attends another college/university after their high school graduation, they cannot receive freshman scholarships. They will be treated as a transfer student and will be reviewed for scholarship eligibility based on that model.

It is difficult to receive a scholarship after you have missed the deadline. Students have the right to appeal their scholarship status. We encourage students to provide official documentation of why he/she missed the scholarship deadline in efforts to illustrate his/her extenuating circumstance. Documentation of membership in student/academic organization is not sufficient proof of extenuating circumstance. Please visit our website,, for more information. All current USM students must complete one semester at USM before submitting an appeal. 

No, transfer designation-based scholarships are available to students attending Southern Miss the fall or spring semester immediately following enrollment from their last institution. If your last attendance from another institution was over a year from the time enter Southern Miss, you are not eligible for transfer designation-based scholarships. You may, however, qualify for community transfer 

Transfer Scholarships are only available for new students to USM. If you are returning to USM, you must submit an appeal with the University Scholarship Appeals Committee to receive your original transfer scholarship offer from your original admitted term. Extensions are not granted, so you may only receive any remaining semesters allotted if your scholarship appeal is approved. You will not be eligible for any new scholarship changes that have occurred since your withdrawal from the University. You will also not longer be eligible for any freshman scholarship offers, as you are not coded as a transfer student. Please visit our website,, for more information.

All documentation must be official and submitted by the stated deadline in the GO System.

  • Phi Theta Kappa:  certificate and/or proof of membership (PTK membership card or letter on letterhead from PTK advisor). Only documentation submitted via GO will be accepted and considered.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Officer:  Letter on letterhead from PTK advisor. Only documentation submitted via GO will be accepted and considered.

  • Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic First State/National Team Scholarship:  certificate of membership from advisor.  (This is an academic sponsored organization and not an athletic achievement.) Only documentation submitted via GO will be accepted and considered.

  • Transfer Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship:  certificate and/or proof of membership (letter on letterhead from scout leader). Only documentation submitted via GO will be accepted and considered.

With your scholarship offer in the GO System, you will receive a stipulation agreement. This agreement will detail exactly what is needed to maintain your award. Stipulations include, but are not limited to, the number of hours each semester and cumulative grade point average at Southern Miss.

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

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