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 Arthur J. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Ph.D. student in Mass Communication that has completed all coursework and comprehensive...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a Ph.D. student in...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Arthur Rice Mellen and Mary Ann Mellen Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Geology. Preference shall be given to students with an emphasis in...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Asbury Foundation Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a Mississippi resident with a minimum 2.5 GPA and who graduated from any...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Ashley Dawn Williamson Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
The purpose of this fund is to honor the memory of Ashley Dawn Wiliamson and her love of people, regardless of their ethnic or socioeconomic...
The purpose of this fund is to honor the memory of Ashley Dawn Wiliamson...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies AT&T Education Support Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student from Mississippi.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student from...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Atly Graham Economics Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Economics.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Aubrey K. and Ella G. Lucas Education and Human Sciences Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an incoming freshman who is seeking a degree within the College of Education and Human...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an incoming...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Audelle Robertson Lucas Scholarship Endowment
This scholarship was established to honor Audelle Robertson Lucas by her children, Aubrey K. Lucas, Max C. Lucas, and Margaret Lucas Morris. This...
This scholarship was established to honor Audelle Robertson Lucas by her...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Austin E. and Maude Gordon Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to deserving students in Nursing.
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to deserving students...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies B. P. O. Elks #599 Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students from Forrest, Jones, Perry, Lamar, Covington or Marion counties.
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students from...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Ball Family Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a freshman student with financial need who is a graduate of Pearl River Central High School...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a freshman student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Balmer Hill, Jr. Science and Technology Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a sophomore, junior or senior student in any science and technology major who has...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a sophomore,...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Barbara Britt Nursing Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student enrolled in the Nursing program.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student enrolled...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Barbara Pease Memorial Social Work Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student in Social Work.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Barbara Ross Gold Leaf Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a member of a Greek organization, demonstrates the values of The Gold Leaf,...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Barnes-Manning Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to two students who are members of the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band who are currently not...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to two students who...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Barry J. Webster College of Business and Economic Development Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need in any major in the College of Business and Economic...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • 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 Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students at The University of Southern Mississippi. The scholarship recipient (i) shall...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for students at The...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Beau Rivage Orchestral Chair Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship every year to a member of the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. An orchestral chair will...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship every year to a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Ben M. Carmichael Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a capable and deserving student majoring in Art, Theatre, Dance, or Music.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a capable and...
  • 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 Benjamin F. Courtney Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students in the College of Business and Economic Development with preference given to students...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students in the...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bennett Family Gulf Coast Aspiring Teacher Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full or part-time undergraduate student majoring in Elementary Education or Special...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full or...
  • 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 Berma F. and Willie H. Carter Physical Education Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that will be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that will be...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bernadette Levens Tolson and Friends Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is majoring in Accounting with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and is a transfer student...
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 Bessie Parker Proctor Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving student who is a graduate of Tylertown High School majoring in Music, or if...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving...
  • 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 D. Craft Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding junior majoring in Child and Family Studies. The selection committee will be...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Betty Green Boardman Nursing Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • 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 Betty T. Reuben Science and Technology Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an outstanding student majoring in a science or technology field.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an outstanding...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Beulah Elizabeth Roberts Compton Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship with preference to a first generation college student working toward a master’s degree in the...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship with preference to...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Biesiot Wang Biological Sciences Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Biological Sciences or Marine Biology with a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a sophomore,...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Visable Bill and Marilyn Sirmon Business British Studies Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in any major in the College of Business and Economic Development with a minimum 3.0...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in any...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Visable
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bill C. Hudson, Jr. Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student within the College of Business and Economic Development with financial need and a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student within...
  • 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 Bill Porter Memorial Scholarship Endowment - Voice
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 Bill Shafer Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student in Counseling Psychology.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Billie and Homer Sullivan, Jr. Pride Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship for a Pride member. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will establish a...
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship for a Pride...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Billy Hewes College of Business and Economic Development Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student enrolled in the College of Business and Economic Development. Preference shall be...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student enrolled...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Billy Joe Grantham Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to educate future biologists at The University of Southern Mississippi. The recipient shall be selected by a committee...
The purpose of this fund is to educate future biologists at The...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Birmingham, Alabama Alumni Chapter Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who (i) shall have graduated from a high school that is located within the...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who (i)...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Finance Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that shall be awarded to a student majoring in Finance.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship that shall be...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bob and Sandy Boothe Endowed Scholarship in Management
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students in the College of Business and Economic Development majoring in Management who...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students in the...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bob Lowe Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for a student majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Food and...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for a student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bobby Chain Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an undergraduate student in the School of Construction and Design with a minimum 3.0 GPA...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Bobby R. Thornton Memorial Endowment for Scholarships
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full time undergraduate student enrolled in Chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full time...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Brady Leo Vanhuss, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Polymer Science who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Preference...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021