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
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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: This award is worth $4,000 annually for three years.
Deadline01/05/2021
This award is worth $4,000 annually for two years ($2,000 per semester). 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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: This award is worth $4,000 annually for two years ($2,000 per semester).
Deadline01/05/2021
This is a one-time award worth $4,000 ($2,000 per semester). 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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award worth $4,000 ($2,000 per semester).
Deadline01/05/2021
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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester).
Deadline01/05/2021
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 spring and following fall semester). Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic First State/National Team 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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 spring and following fall semester).
Deadline01/05/2021
$1,000 Incoming Spring Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa Officer 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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline01/05/2021
$4,500.00 per year; $9,000 for two years Incoming Spring 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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: $4,500.00 per year; $9,000 for two years
Deadline01/05/2021
$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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline01/05/2021
$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: 01/05/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline01/05/2021
Varies 1910 Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to students with a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies 1910 Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students with a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Abbie Rogers Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a junior or senior majoring in Special Education. The student will be selected on the basis...
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 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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Administration of Justice Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security. The criteria...
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 Agnes and Joseph "Bud" Hillman Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need who is majoring in Music Education. Preference will be given to...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Agnes Wilkerson Peek Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide an academic scholarship to an outstanding student who maintains a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with...
The purpose of this fund is to provide an academic scholarship to an...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Albert F. and Ruth W. Dugan Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the Master of Professional Accountancy program. Consideration will be given on...
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 Alfred A. and Doris R. Breeland Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to a junior or senior in any major in the College of Business and Economic Development....
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to a junior or senior...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
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 Alfreddy Cook Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in Hospitality and Tourism Management who demonstrates...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to be awarded to a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Alice Walker Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a master’s-level student in Special Education. Preference should be given to a graduate...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a master’s-level...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
- Allen Hale Southern Mississippi Symphony String Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students in the School of Music who are majoring in Music Performance, Music Education or...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students in the...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: -
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Allene Vaden Nutrition and Food Systems Graduate Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student in Nutrition and Food Systems. Preference shall be given to a student...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Alma Hickman Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a capable and deserving student majoring in Education.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a capable and...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Alma Murphy Dixie Darlings Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a Dixie Darling with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Preference will be given to a...
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 Alton C. Grimes Endowment (Mathematics Scholarship)
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students pursuing a course of study requiring 18 semester hours beginning with Calculus. The...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students pursuing a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Alton Scott Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student from Washington County, Alabama.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student from...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Altra Howse Hamman Graduate Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a full-time graduate student with a major in Child and Family Studies. The recipient must...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a full-time...
  • 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 Alyne Hall Thornhill Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student in Elementary Education who plans to teach, with preference to students from...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student in...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Amanda Lynn Wilson Endowed Nursing Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate of Hattiesburg High School who will be entering the Nursing program as a junior or...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a graduate of...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Amber Pulliam Special Education Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is studying in the area of Special Education with emphasis in the Disability...
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 Amelia Milkent Memorial Elementary Education Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student majoring in Elementary Education. First preference will be given to a student...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student...
  • 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 Amy Band Adelman Music Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need who is majoring or minoring in music or participating in any...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Anderson Honors College Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an Honors College student in good standing who is a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an Honors College...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Anderson Retail Endowed Student Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a junior or senior student majoring in Interior Design. Recipient is to be selected by the...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a junior or...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Andrew C. Austin Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a junior or senior majoring in Entertainment Industry-Media Production with a GPA of 2.5 or...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a junior or...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Andy Mercier - IFDA Accounting Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Accounting.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Angela Stevens Wallace Voice Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with financial need who is a Mississippi resident, is majoring in Music with an...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Anita Joe "Butch" McDonald Endowed Dixie Darling Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award deserving Dixie Darlings Scholarships. This can be one or more girls who are chosen by the Dixie Darling...
The purpose of this fund is to award deserving Dixie Darlings...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Ann Parker Blackwell Child and Family Studies Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Child and Family Studies 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 Annelle Bonner Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship awarded to a junior or senior majoring in Business Teacher Education. The recipient must meet...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship awarded to a junior...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Antonia Mavar Talijancich, R.N. Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to worthy and needy University of Southern Mississippi...
The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance in the form...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
$0.00 Arlyn Trussell Sacred Heart Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a freshman who is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School. Preference shall be given to a...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a freshman who is...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Arno and Ruth Vincent Scholarship Endowment for Freshmen
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving freshman in good standing with financial need.
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Arthell Kelley Geography Scholarship FFE
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Geography students.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Geography students.
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Arthur (Big Art) Fabra Pi Kappa Phi Memorial Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who are members of the Theta Alpha Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity who have a...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who are...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021