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 Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program & Application
Would you like to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and receive a research stipend? Do you want to learn more about graduate...
Would you like to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty...
  • Deadline: 10/09/2020
  • Award: Varies
Deadline10/09/2020
$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: 12/01/2020
  • Award: $2,200.00
Deadline12/01/2020
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies G. E. Shoemake Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need. Preference will be given to a student from Forrest or Lamar...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
$500 Golden PRIDE Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a current student with a minimum 2.50 GPA. The student must submit an essay that describes...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a current...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Hard Rock Biloxi Casino Management Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need who is majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Jackson Newell Foundation Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is the child or spouse of a USM Physical Plant employee. Preference will be...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Jean Capps Girl Scout Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Senior Girl Scout from one of the following counties: Clark, Covington, Forrest, George,...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Senior Girl...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Jeff Cropco Memorial Endowment for Scholarships
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for the student who is the current sports editor of The Student Printz. Half of the...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for the student who...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies John and Jan Polk Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving student attending The University of Southern Mississippi with preference given...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies John and Janice Wells Addison Chemistry Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an academically deserving junior or senior majoring in Chemistry. Qualified recipients...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an academically...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies John E. Gonzales History Scholarship Endowment - Study Abroad
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to graduate and undergraduate students majoring in History. This opportunity is the portion...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to graduate and...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021