Our Opportunities

The GO system allows eligible students to apply for USM Foundation Scholarships, Freshman and Transfer Designation-Based scholarships, the Luckyday 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 2020-21 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 Scholars Program, and Honors College Incoming Freshman Admission and Scholarships
  • December 15 | FAFSA (Financial Aid Application) priority date for scholarship consideration
  • January 5 | Admissions and documentation application deadline for Transfer Academic and Designation-Based Scholarships for transfer students entering Southern Miss the spring semester
  • January 15 | Program application deadline for Competitive Scholarship Applications – Luckyday Scholars Program, Honors College Incoming Freshman Admission and Scholarships, McCarty Scholars Program
  • 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 semester

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Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Chemistry Emeritus Faculty Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships and graduate assistant wages in the Chemistry and Biochemistry programs. Half of the endowment...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships and graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Chemistry/Biochemistry Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate student scholarships for Chemistry/Biochemistry majors. Scholarship recipients shall be...
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies CIEF Polymer Science and Engineering Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of the Endowment is to provide six (6) annual scholarships, as named and described herein, for undergraduates who: i. Successfully...
The purpose of the Endowment is to provide six (6) annual scholarships,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Colonel Tyler H. Fletcher Administration of Justice Leadership Award Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide an award to a full-time graduate student in good academic standing who is a graduate student in Criminal...
The purpose of this fund is to provide an award to a full-time graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Danny R. Carter Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide annual scholarships for full-time undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science.
The purpose of this fund is to provide annual scholarships for full-time...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Day/Mehearg Social Work Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to the USM graduate School of Social Work in memory of Dorvety J. Day and L. Erl Meheary who...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to the USM graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Don George Communication Graduate Scholaship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to attract and assist desirable graduate students in the field of Communication.
The purpose of this fund is to attract and assist desirable graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dowell-Langlois Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to deserving graduates of high schools in Gulfport, MS. Applicants who are working toward...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to deserving...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Bertha M. Fritzche Child and Family Sciences Graduate Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding graduate student in Child and Family Studies.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Elizabeth Haynes Library and Information Science Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to graduate student in any major in the School of Library and Information Science. The student...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to graduate student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. James V. Robinson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a full tuition scholarship to an academically deserving freshman with financial need and a minimum 2.5 GPA in...
The purpose of this fund is to award a full tuition scholarship to an...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Jeremy Lespi Memorial English Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student with financial need pursuing a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in English with a...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Joe E. Holloway Scholars Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student at the Gulf Coast Campus with financial need who...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Joe Paul Society of 1910 Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student in any major who is active in the Inter-Fraternity Council or an...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. John and Jean Theobald Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student majoring in Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Nancy Whitten New - New Summit Schools Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a graduate of New Summit School in Jackson, Mississippi or North New Summit...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Rajive K. Khanna Endowed Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Recipients must have a 3.25...
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dr. Richard L. Bowen Memorial Geology Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to one undergraduate student majoring in Geology or one student in the Geology master program....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to one undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Drs. Julia and Thomas Lytle Coastal Sciences Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student who will be attending The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Ed Langford Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that shall be awarded to a student majoring in Education who is a graduate of the Pascagoula...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that shall be...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Ellen L. Walker Graduate Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. in any field of study with a 3.0 GPA or above....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student pursuing...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Elliott and Bonnie Pood Communication Studies Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student majoring in Communication Studies. The recipient must have a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Elmer E. and Susie B. McCoy Excellence in Education Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to graduate and/or undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Curriculum, Instruction or...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to graduate and/or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Eric Kelly and Charles Lowery, Jr. Noxubee County Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to the freshman with the highest GPA from Noxubee County, Mississippi. If there is no freshman...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to the freshman with...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Ernie and Laura Leuenberger Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an incoming freshman who graduated from Biloxi High School who intends to major in Child and...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an incoming...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Esther Valladares International Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate or undergraduate student who is studying abroad and who demonstrates financial need.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Etoile DuBard Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a senior or graduate student enrolled in Speech and Hearing Sciences. See pages 1 and 2 of...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a senior or...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Farris Farris Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student who is a former Southern Miss student-athlete in the sports of...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Fay Kaigler Scholarship Endowment in Elementary Education
The purpose of this fund is to award undergraduate scholarships to Mississippi students who are preparing to become elementary school teachers....
The purpose of this fund is to award undergraduate scholarships to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Fern Rogers Hesson Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an undergraduate student in the field of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Service.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Frances A. Karnes Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students in graduate degree programs with emphasis in Gifted Education which may include...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students in...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Francis G. Casserly Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Garth A. Avant Memorial Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual award to a graduate student who excels in creative writing. The selection will be made by the...
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual award to a graduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gerald and Claire Smith Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Accounting with a minimum 3.25 GPA who is a graduate of a Mississippi...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gerald E. Belue, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to undergraduate students enrolled in a Pre-Medical program who demonstrate financial need.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gerry Parish Graduate Social Work Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the graduate program in the School of Social Work. If no graduate student meets...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies God at the Speed of Light Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students with financial need in any major in a science or technology field. Recipients must...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students with...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gordon H. White Banking and Finance Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student with financial need who is majoring in Finance with an emphasis in...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students who (i) have graduated from a high school that is located within the Mississippi...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students who (i)...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Herschel and Lynn Shattles Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Business Administration who is a graduate of Forrest County...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Horton Cliburn Education Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student from Mississippi in any major in the School of Education with a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Howard W. Bahr Achievement Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students majoring in English with preference given to a senior undergraduate English major...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students majoring...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies J. Phillip Stanberry Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy who demonstrates high scholastic...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies James K. and Elsie S. McGehee Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who is a graduate of Long Beach High School who is a capable and deserving...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who is...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended