Our Opportunities

The Golden Opportunities Scholarship and Competitive Programs Application System (GO System) is the hub for all scholarships at The University of Southern Mississippi. It houses a variety of scholarship opportunities for incoming and continuing students (both undergraduate and graduate). Over 900 scholarships including opportunities for USM Foundation Scholarships, Freshman and Transfer Academic and Designation-Based scholarships, the Luckyday Scholars Program, Honors College Incoming Freshman Admission and Scholarships and academic/interest awards. Note that students must be admitted to the university in order to access the scholarship portal.

  • Step 1: To begin the GO application process, students must sign in with their Campus ID (Wxxxxxx) and SOAR password.

  • Step 2: Complete and submit the general application. A green check mark means you have successfully submitted the application.

  • Step 3: Search “Opportunities” and apply for additional scholarships that may apply to you. There may be additional application materials required.

  • Step 4: If offered a scholarship, accept the scholarship in GO and complete additional post-acceptance steps (if applicable).

  • Step 5: Search “External” opportunities in GO.


Major University deadlines for the 2021-22 academic year are as follows:

  • December 1 | Admissions deadline for incoming fall freshman academic, designation-based and competitive scholarships.

  • December 15 | FAFSA (Financial Aid Application) priority date for scholarship consideration

  • February 15 | Priority date for the GO System General Application

  • July 1 | Majority of scholarships offered to students in GO and ready for student to accept and complete post-acceptance.

Additional resources:

  • Click here for additional eligibility requirements and deadlines for incoming freshman and transfer scholarship opportunities.

  • Click here for the Financial Calendar to see all financial deadlines for scholarships, financial aid and payments.

  • Click here for the Funding Guide to explore all avenues when paying for college.
Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Bennie A. Rohr GCRL Summer Field Program Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to three students majoring in Biology who are attending the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to three students...
  • Deadline: 05/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/15/2021
Varies Dr. John R. Sharp Gulf Coast Research Lab Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship money for summer graduate or undergraduate students at the Institute of Marine Science/Gulf...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship money for summer...
  • Deadline: 05/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/15/2021
$0.00 Summer Scholarship Appeal
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The University and are requesting a change to a scholarship status administered by...
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The...
  • Deadline: 05/25/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline05/25/2021
$500.00 Luckyday Living Learning Community Scholarship
Scholarship for continuing Luckyday Scholars who are choosing to live in Luckyday Citizenship Hall for the 2021-2022 Academic Year and abide by the...
Scholarship for continuing Luckyday Scholars who are choosing to live in...
  • Deadline: 05/31/2021
  • Award: $500.00
Deadline05/31/2021
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls Nation Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls Nation Scholarships is available to students the fall semester immediately following high school...
The Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls Nation Scholarships is...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 annually for four years
Deadline07/01/2021
One-time award of $1,000 Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls State Scholarship (Mississippi Residents Only)
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls State Scholarship is available to students the fall semester immediately...
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: One-time award of $1,000
Deadline07/01/2021
One-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester) Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women's Scholarship - Local (Mississippi Residents Only)
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women’s Scholarship – Local Scholarship is available to students...
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based:...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: One-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester)
Deadline07/01/2021
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women's Scholarship - State (Mississippi Residents Only)
The Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women’s Scholarship – State (Mississippi Residents Only) is available to students the fall...
The Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women’s Scholarship...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 annually for four years
Deadline07/01/2021
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship is available to students the fall semester immediately following high school...
The Freshman Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship is...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 annually for four years
Deadline07/01/2021
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: STAR Student Scholarship (Mississippi Residents Only)
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: STAR Student Scholarship is available to students the fall semester immediately...
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: STAR...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 annually for four years
Deadline07/01/2021
This award is worth $1,000 annually for four years ($500 per semester). Freshman Designation-Based: Student Body President Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Student Body President Scholarship is available to students the fall semester immediately following high school...
The Freshman Designation-Based: Student Body President Scholarship is...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: This award is worth $1,000 annually for four years ($500 per semester).
Deadline07/01/2021
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship is available to students the fall semester immediately following high school...
The Freshman Designation-Based: Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 annually for four years
Deadline07/01/2021
$1,000 annually for two years Honors College: Honors Keystone Application
This is the application for admission to Honors Keystone in the Honors College at Southern Miss. If you are a current Honors College student, you...
This is the application for admission to Honors Keystone in the Honors...
  • Deadline: 07/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 annually for two years
Deadline07/01/2021
Award is worth $4,000 annually for three years Incoming Fall Transfer Academic: University Transfer Academic Scholarship (0-47 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA; 3.0 or higher CORE high school GPA; 21 or higher ACT)
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from their last...
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: Award is worth $4,000 annually for three years
Deadline08/01/2021
Award is worth $4,000 annually for two years. Incoming Fall Transfer Academic: University Transfer Academic Scholarship (48 - 89 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA; 3.0 or higher CORE high school GPA; 21 or higher ACT)
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from their last...
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: Award is worth $4,000 annually for two years.
Deadline08/01/2021
Award is worth $4,000 annually for one year. Incoming Fall Transfer Academic: University Transfer Academic Scholarship (90-119 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA; 3.0 or higher CORE high school GPA; 21 or higher ACT)
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from their last...
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: Award is worth $4,000 annually for one year.
Deadline08/01/2021
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 fall and following spring semester). Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to incoming fall transfer students immediately following enrollment from their...
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 fall and following spring semester).
Deadline08/01/2021
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 fall and following spring semester). Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic First State/National Team Scholarship
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to incoming fall transfer students immediately following enrollment from their...
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 fall and following spring semester).
Deadline08/01/2021
$1,000 Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa Officer Scholarship
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to incoming fall transfer students immediately following enrollment from their...
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline08/01/2021
$4,500 per year; $9,000 for two years Incoming Fall Transfer: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from their last institution with valid...
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is available to incoming transfer...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: $4,500 per year; $9,000 for two years
Deadline08/01/2021
This scholarship is equivalent to tuition, campus housing, meal plan, and a semester book stipend for four years. Students are also eligible for a one-time, study-abroad stipend. National Merit Scholarship: Finalist
The National Merit Scholarship: Finalist is available to students the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Students must be...
The National Merit Scholarship: Finalist is available to students the...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: This scholarship is equivalent to tuition, campus housing, meal plan, and a semester book stipend for four years. Students are also eligible for a one-time, study-abroad stipend.
Deadline08/01/2021
$476.00 School of Performing & Visual Arts: Art & Design Program Service Award Scholarships
Scholarships to students majoring in Art & Design. Scholarships are partial and based on a history and promise of service to the program. Awards...
Scholarships to students majoring in Art & Design. Scholarships are...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: $476.00
Deadline08/01/2021
$1,492.80 School of Performing & Visual Arts: Dance Program Special Scholarships
Scholarships to students majoring in Dance. Scholarships are partial and based on academic standing, achievement in the dance major, and...
Scholarships to students majoring in Dance. Scholarships are partial and...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: $1,492.80
Deadline08/01/2021
$2,200.00 University Based Agreement: Police Academy - SRPSI
Police Academy Scholarships are available to eligible participants in the Policy Academy program located at Camp Shelby. Scholarship will cover 50...
Police Academy Scholarships are available to eligible participants in...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: $2,200.00
Deadline08/01/2021
This is a one-time award of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester). University-Based Agreement: VEX Scholarship
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and...
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester).
Deadline08/01/2021
$500 Online Student Scholarship - Graduate
This one-time, $500 scholarship is awarded to fully online students with a GPA of at least 2.5. The award will be given to students who have the...
This one-time, $500 scholarship is awarded to fully online students with...
  • Deadline: 08/16/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline08/16/2021
$500 Online Student Scholarship - Undergraduate
This one-time, $500 scholarship is awarded to fully online students with a GPA of at least 2.5. The award will be given to students who have the...
This one-time, $500 scholarship is awarded to fully online students with...
  • Deadline: 08/16/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline08/16/2021
$0.00 Fall Scholarship Appeal
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The University and are requesting a change to a scholarship status administered by...
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The...
  • Deadline: 08/25/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline08/25/2021
Varies John and Molly Mann Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who exhibits strength in character, has demonstrated a balance of extracurricular...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Singing River Federal Credit Union Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student from Jackson, George or Greene counties who has completed 12 hours of credit....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student from...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Stephen L. Hatten Sigma Chi Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who are active members or pledges of the Theta Delta Chapter of the Sigma Chi...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who are...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Undergraduate Retention Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who has previously been on probation continued or suspension but has since been...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies 1910 Annual Scholarship - Danny F. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in any major who is a graduate from Brandon High School in Brandon, MS.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in any...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Barbara Bond Mostert Choreographic Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who demonstrates a certain romantic, lyrical and poetic aesthetic in his/her work...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Delta Tau Delta Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to fund scholarships, student development and house improvements.
The purpose of this fund is to fund scholarships, student development...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$500 Dr. Dennis Phillips Sport Managment Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to any student majoring in Sport Management.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to any student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
Varies Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dlollars to support the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research including the Donald Drapeau...
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dlollars to support...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Jim Payne Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a graduating senior from New Summit School, Jackson, Mississippi, who will attend The University of Southern...
The purpose of this fund is to award a graduating senior from New Summit...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Karl Wiesenburg Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Political Science with preference given to a student from Jackson...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Nicki Case - Catholic Student Association Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship to an incoming freshman from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The recipient must have at...
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship to an...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Northwestern Mutual Financial Network College of Business Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the College of Business with a classification of sophomore or higher who is from...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Parker Family Social Work Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the Master of Social Work program who demonstrates an interest in mental and...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Pride and Dixie Darlings Annual Fund - Ernest Sylvester Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to establish and maintain all fundraising activities for the Pride and Dixie Darlings.
The purpose of this fund is to establish and maintain all fundraising...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Pride of Mississippi Marching Band & Dixie Darlings Development Fund - Craig Wiseman Drumline Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide funds for the development and enhancement of the University Bands by providing a scholarship to a member of...
The purpose of this fund is to provide funds for the development and...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Recreational Sports Scholarship and Professional Development Fund
Provides for professional development and scholarship opportunities for Recreational Sports student workers and professional staff.
Provides for professional development and scholarship opportunities for...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Various Shelby F. Thames and Shirley D. Thames Scholarship for High Ability Students Endowment - Chemistry
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships exclusively to incoming high-ability students whose major is Polymer Science and Engineering,...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships exclusively to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Various
Ended
$750.00 Student Life Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dollars to support Auxiliary Services of Student Affairs at The University of Southern...
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dollars to support...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $750.00
Ended
Varies 177th Armored Brigade Soldier Scholarship - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide “one-time’ scholarship monies for an eligible University of Southern Mississippi Student who is...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide “one-time’...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies 177th Armored Brigade Soldier Scholarship - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide “one-time’ scholarship monies for an eligible University of Southern Mississippi...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Art Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide flexible funds for use by the Department of Art.
The purpose of this fund is to provide flexible funds for use by the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended