Our Opportunities

The GO system allows eligible students to apply for USM Foundation Scholarships, Freshman and Transfer Designation-Based scholarships, the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program, Honors College Incoming Freshman Admission and Scholarships and other undergraduate scholarships. For more information about these opportunities, including eligibility requirements/qualifications, please see the list below. You can also find more information about many of these scholarships at www.usm.edu/scholarships.

To begin the application process, students must sign in with their Campus ID (wxxxxxx or wxxxxxxx) and SOAR password. They will then be directed to the general application and to any additional application materials required for specific opportunities and programs. Note that students must be admitted to the university in order to access the scholarship portal.

Admission and Scholarship application deadlines for the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:

  • December 1 | University Admissions deadline for High School Senior Scholarship consideration including, but not limited to, Freshman Academic and Designation-Based Scholarships, the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program, and Honors College Incoming Freshman Admission and Scholarships
  • December 15 | Priority Date for FAFSA (Financial Aid Application)
  • January 5 | Admissions and documentation application deadline for Transfer Academic and Designation-Based Scholarships for transfer students entering Southern Miss the spring 2019 semester
  • January 15 | Program application deadline for Competitive Scholarship Applications – Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program, Honors College Incoming Freshman Admission and Scholarships
  • February 15 | Priority date for the General Application
  • May 1 | National Merit Semifinalist and Finalist Applications
  • July 1 | Documentation application deadline for Freshman Designation-Based Scholarships
  • August 1 | Admissions and documentation application deadline for Transfer Academic and Designation-Based Scholarships for transfer students entering Southern Miss the fall 2019 semester
Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
This award is worth $4,000 annually for three years. Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarship: University Transfer (0-47 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA)
Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from a four-year...
Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
  • Deadline: 01/05/2019
  • Award: This award is worth $4,000 annually for three years.
Deadline01/05/2019
This award is worth $4,000 annually for two years. Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarship: University Transfer (48-89 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA)
Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from a four-year...
Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
  • Deadline: 01/05/2019
  • Award: This award is worth $4,000 annually for two years.
Deadline01/05/2019
$4,000 Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarship: University Transfer (90-119 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA)
Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students immediately following enrollment from a four-year...
Incoming Spring Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
  • Deadline: 01/05/2019
  • Award: $4,000
Deadline01/05/2019
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 spring and following fall semester). Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based: All-Academic First State/National Team Scholarship
Mississippi Residents Only: Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to incoming spring transfer students immediately...
Mississippi Residents Only: Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based...
  • Deadline: 01/05/2019
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 spring and following fall semester).
Deadline01/05/2019
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester). Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship
Mississippi Residents Only: Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to incoming Spring transfer students immediately...
Mississippi Residents Only: Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based...
  • Deadline: 01/05/2019
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester).
Deadline01/05/2019
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester). Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to incoming spring transfer students immediately following enrollment from...
Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
  • Deadline: 01/05/2019
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester).
Deadline01/05/2019
Varies Oseola McCarty Scholarship Program
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need who represents an underserved population and who graduated from...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 01/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline01/15/2019
Varies ABWA Gulfport Charter Chapter Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Gulf Coast campus student with financial need and a minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must be...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Gulf Coast...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Alfred Moore Pre-Law Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a junior or senior Pre-Law student who clearly demonstrates financial need. The recipient...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a junior or...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Alumni Association Accounting Constituent Society Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Accounting with a classification of junior or higher who has a minimum...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Alumni Association Past Presidents Council Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Southern Miss students as selected by the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Southern Miss...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies American Legion Post 139 - Richard Thames Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that shall be awarded to undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 with preference...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that shall be...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Amite County Farm Bureau Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum ACT of 18 who maintains Amite County Farm...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Bates-Sisemore Excellence in Maternal-Child Nursing Award Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships using the following selection criteria: 2.5 minimum GPA in Nursing courses; 3.0 in Maternal...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships using the following...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Ben Mounger Rawls Award Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in English participating in the Center for Writers. Preference...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student pursuing...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
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: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Beta Alpha Psi Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an outstanding student member of Beta Alpha Psi.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an outstanding...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Betty Spencer Scholarship at USM Gulf Coast
The purpose of this fund is to assist USM Gulf Coast Master of Social Work students with tuition fees. The applicant is to have interest in family...
The purpose of this fund is to assist USM Gulf Coast Master of Social...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Bill Porter Memorial Scholarship Endowment - Pre-Law
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students that shall be divided equally between two disciplines. Half of the endowment...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students that shall...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies C. Caruthers Sullivan, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in any program in Economic Development. Preference will be given to a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Cable One Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a customer of Cable One in the counties of Hancock, Harrison or Jackson or family members –...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a customer of...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Charles E. Hoyle Memorial Polymer Science Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student in Polymer Science who is engaged in mentoring an undergraduate student in...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Coast Electric Power Association Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for members of the Coast Electric Power Association to attend The University of Southern...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for members of the...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Coca-Cola Recreational Sports Student Leadership Scholarship Term Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership and engagement in Recreational Sports activities.
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Col. Ernest Kitchens Army ROTC Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the Army ROTC program. First preference will be given to a student from Petal....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies College of Business and Economic Development Eagle Scholars Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior in any major in the College of Business and Economic...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Cynthia E. Gamble Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a single parent with preference to a person in Lamar or Forrest County. The student must...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a single parent...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Damian E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship in Photography
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to a junior, senior or graduate student studying Photography. Applicants must provide a...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to a junior,...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a child or grandchild of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic/EMT.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a child or...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Dr. Barbara Rene Shoemake Public Relations Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Public Relations with a minimum GPA of 3.0....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Dr. James H. McPhail Professor Emeritus Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time student preferably from a rural area who is pursuing a master’s degree in P-12...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
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: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Elmo Lang Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an incoming freshman from Mississippi with a grade point average of at least 3.0 who submits...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an incoming...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Ernest Woodfin and Mildred Stafford Hester Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a junior or senior majoring in Elementary Education who has completed a minimum of 12 hours...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a junior or senior...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Evelyn Gandy Political Science Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an outstanding junior or senior student with a 3.25 GPA who is majoring in Political Science...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an outstanding...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Faculty Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to a child of a USM Faculty member.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student with a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Fern and John Pearson Social Work Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science students matriculated in the USM School of Social...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Bachelor of...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Frances Gandy Social Work Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a junior or senior student majoring in Social Work. The student must have a 3.25 GPA and be...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a junior or senior...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Frederick E. Tatum, M.D. Nursing Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to nursing students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are Mississippi residents. Preference will be...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to nursing students...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Gabriel J. Shoemaker Scholarship in Accounting
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving Accounting major who is entering their senior year. Recipient should show...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Genevieve Bizzell Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Accounting with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies George Robert Hall Air Force ROTC Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to one Professional Officer Corps Air Force ROTC Cadet with financial need. The recipient must...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to one Professional...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Gibbes-Liberto Lifelong Learning Scholarship Award
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship in honor of Joyce Gibbes and Maureen Liberto who both received their doctorates in Educational...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship in honor of Joyce...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
$500 Golden PRIDE Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student enrolled at the Gulf Park campus with a minimum 2.50 GPA. The student must submit...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: $500
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Gulf Park Alumnae Association, Inc. Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need enrolled full-time at the Gulf Park campus. Preference will be...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Gulf Park College for Women Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to relatives of Gulf Park College for Women Alumnae to attend the USM Gulf Park campus. If no...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to relatives of Gulf...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Gwen Hitt School Counseling Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to students pursuing a Masters in School Counseling. Preference will be given to Mississippi...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to students pursuing...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Hoagan Bramlett Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a first-year declared Theatre major who exemplifies Hoagan Bramlett’s values regarding...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a first-year...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Ivy B. Lansford Nursing Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Nursing student enrolled on the Gulf Coast campus who has a minimum 3.5 GPA. The applicant...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Nursing student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019
Varies Jack Oppie Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the Master of Professional Accountancy program who plans to sit for the CPA...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2019
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2019