All 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: Check your USM email address for University scholarship offers and instructions on how to accept.

  • Step 5: If offered a scholarship, accept the scholarship in GO and complete additional post-acceptance steps (if applicable).


Major University deadlines for the 2022-23 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

  • January 15 | Freshman Competitive Programs Applications deadline

  • 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 external scholarship opportunities and additional financial resources.

  • 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.

  • Click here for Federal and MS State Aid information.
Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies Dr. John R. Sharp Gulf Coast Research Lab Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship money for summer...
Deadline05/20/2022
Varies Dr. James H. McPhail Professor Emeritus Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time...
Deadline05/31/2022
Varies Hard Rock Biloxi Casino Management Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student with...
Deadline05/31/2022
Varies Hoagan Bramlett Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a first-year...
Deadline05/31/2022
Varies Southern Miss Excel Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a full-time...
Deadline05/31/2022
Varies Patrick Davis Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award two $1,000 scholarships annually to...
Deadline06/01/2022
$500 Online Student Scholarship - Graduate
This one-time, $500 scholarship is awarded to fully online students with...
Deadline06/06/2022
$500 Online Student Scholarship - Undergraduate
This one-time, $500 scholarship is awarded to fully online students with...
Deadline06/06/2022
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls Nation Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls Nation Scholarships is...
Deadline07/01/2022
One-time award of $1,000 Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls State Scholarship (Mississippi Residents Only)
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: Boys/Girls...
Deadline07/01/2022
One-time award of $1,000 ($500 per semester) Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women's Scholarship - Local (Mississippi Residents Only)
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based:...
Deadline07/01/2022
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women's Scholarship - State (Mississippi Residents Only)
The Freshman Designation-Based: Distinguished Young Women’s Scholarship...
Deadline07/01/2022
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship is...
Deadline07/01/2022
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: STAR Student Scholarship (Mississippi Residents Only)
Mississippi Residents Only: The Freshman Designation-Based: STAR...
Deadline07/01/2022
This award is worth $1,000 annually for four years ($500 per semester). Freshman Designation-Based: Student Body President Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Student Body President Scholarship is...
Deadline07/01/2022
$1,000 annually for four years Freshman Designation-Based: Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship
The Freshman Designation-Based: Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship...
Deadline07/01/2022
$1,000 annually for two years Honors College: Honors Keystone Application
This is the application for admission to Honors Keystone in the Honors...
Deadline07/04/2022
Award is worth $4,000 annually for three years Incoming Fall Transfer Academic: University Transfer Academic Scholarship (0-47 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA)
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
Deadline08/15/2022
Award is worth $4,000 annually for two years. Incoming Fall Transfer Academic: University Transfer Academic Scholarship (48 - 89 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA)
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
Deadline08/15/2022
Award is worth $4,000 annually for one year. Incoming Fall Transfer Academic: University Transfer Academic Scholarship (90-119 hours; 3.0 or higher transfer cumulative GPA)
Incoming Fall Transfer Academic Scholarships are available to incoming...
Deadline08/15/2022
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 fall and following spring semester). Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based: Eagle Scout/Gold Award Scholarship
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
Deadline08/15/2022
This is a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 fall and following spring semester). Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic First State/National Team Scholarship
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
Deadline08/15/2022
$1,000 Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based: Phi Theta Kappa Officer Scholarship
Incoming Fall Transfer Designation-Based Scholarships are available to...
Deadline08/15/2022
$4,500 per year; $9,000 for two years Incoming Fall Transfer: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is available to incoming transfer...
Deadline08/15/2022
Varies John and Molly Mann Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
Ended
Varies Singing River Federal Credit Union Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student from...
Ended
Varies Stephen L. Hatten Sigma Chi Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to students who are...
Ended
Varies Undergraduate Retention Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who...
Ended
Varies 1910 Annual Scholarship - Danny F. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in any...
Ended
Varies Barbara Bond Mostert Choreographic Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
Ended
Varies Delta Tau Delta Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to fund scholarships, student development...
Ended
$500 Dr. Dennis Phillips Sport Managment Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to any student...
Ended
Varies Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dlollars to support...
Ended
Varies Jim Payne Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a graduating senior from New Summit...
Ended
Varies Karl Wiesenburg Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
Ended
Varies Nicki Case - Catholic Student Association Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide an annual scholarship to an...
Ended
Varies Northwestern Mutual Financial Network College of Business Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
Ended
Varies Parker Family Social Work Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in the...
Ended
Varies Pride and Dixie Darlings Annual Fund - Ernest Sylvester Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to establish and maintain all fundraising...
Ended
Varies Pride of Mississippi Marching Band & Dixie Darlings Development Fund - Craig Wiseman Drumline Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide funds for the development and...
Ended
$0.00 Recreational Sports Scholarship and Professional Development Fund
Provides for professional development and scholarship opportunities for...
Ended
Various Shelby F. Thames and Shirley D. Thames Scholarship for High Ability Students Endowment - Chemistry
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships exclusively to...
Ended
$750.00 Student Life Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dollars to support...
Ended
Varies 177th Armored Brigade Soldier Scholarship - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide “one-time’...
Ended
Varies 177th Armored Brigade Soldier Scholarship - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide...
Ended
Varies Art Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide flexible funds for use by the...
Ended
$271.57 Carillon/Covenant Fund
The purpose of this fund is to support the travel and expenses for the...
Ended
Varies Clinical Psychology Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide support for Clinical Psychology...
Ended
Varies College of Nursing Development Fund - Karola Williams Nursing Scholarship
To provide a scholarship to a student majoring in the College of Nursing.
Ended
Varies Economic Development and Tourism Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dollars to support...
Ended