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.

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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 graduate or undergraduate students at the Institute of Marine Science/Gulf...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship money for summer...
  • Deadline: 05/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/15/2021
$0.00 Summer Scholarship Appeal
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The University and are requesting a change to a scholarship status administered by...
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The...
  • Deadline: 05/25/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline05/25/2021
$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: 08/01/2021
  • Award: $2,200.00
Deadline08/01/2021
This is a one-time award of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester). University-Based Agreement: VEX Scholarship
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and...
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase...
  • Deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Award: This is a one-time award of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester).
Deadline08/01/2021
$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: 08/16/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline08/16/2021
$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: 08/16/2021
  • Award: $500
Deadline08/16/2021
$0.00 Fall Scholarship Appeal
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The University and are requesting a change to a scholarship status administered by...
This application is for students who are currently admitted to The...
  • Deadline: 08/25/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline08/25/2021
Varies John and Molly Mann Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who exhibits strength in character, has demonstrated a balance of extracurricular...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Undergraduate Retention Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who has previously been on probation continued or suspension but has since been...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
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 major who is a graduate from Brandon High School in Brandon, MS.
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student in any...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dlollars to support the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research including the Donald Drapeau...
The purpose of this fund is to provide discretionary dlollars to support...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
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 incoming high-ability students whose major is Polymer Science and Engineering,...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships exclusively to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Various
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’ scholarship monies for an eligible University of Southern Mississippi Student who is...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide “one-time’...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
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’ scholarship monies for an eligible University of Southern Mississippi...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000.00 Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
$1,000.00 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
$1,000.00 Pearl River Community College - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
$0.00 Saint Thomas - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for an eligible University of Southern Mississippi Student-Veteran...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Southwest Central Mississippi Chapter Alumni Association Annual Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who graduated from a high school that is located in one of the following counties...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Tampa, Florida Area Alumni Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who meets the following criteria: (i) shall have graduated from a high school that...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$377.00 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: $377.00
Ended
$0.00 English Department Fund - Ann Georgian Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to assist with faculty/graduate student travel, purchase equipment, enhance and benefit the English department.
The purpose of this fund is to assist with faculty/graduate student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
$0.00 Spring University Undergraduate Scholarship Appeals
Appeals for student scholarship consideration must be submitted through this online form. Appeals are reviewed by the University Scholarship...
Appeals for student scholarship consideration must be submitted through...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
Varies Dr. Joe Paul Society of 1910 Annual Scholarship
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 English Program Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to assist with faculty/graduate student travel, purchase equipment, enhance and benefit the English program.
The purpose of this fund is to assist with faculty/graduate student...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Dyslexia Therapy Master's Program Development Fund
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships and provide salary support for the Dyslexia Therapy Master’s Program, a collaboration between the...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships and provide salary...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000.00 Fort Benning, Georgia - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
$1,000.00 Fort Hood, Texas - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
Varies Johnson/Lockhart Scholarship Endowment - Science and Technology
The purpose of this fund is to honor the parents of USM Alumni Jeffery Wayne Johnson and Peggy Wolfe Johnson. The recipient must be a...
The purpose of this fund is to honor the parents of USM Alumni Jeffery...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$2,000.00 Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Veterans Nursing Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,000.00
Ended
$1,000.00 Navy Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi - University of Southern Mississippi Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
$1,000.00 USM Student Veterans of America - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, student...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
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
$1,000.00 Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship - Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship monies for eligible Military Order of the Purple Heart recipients/students...
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide one-time scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
Varies Robert M. Hearin Foundation Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to full-time undergraduate students with financial need. Immediate family members of any faculty,...
The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to full-time...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,000.00 Simmons Family Education Graduate Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student enrolled in a graduate program in the field of education. Preference will be given...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student enrolled...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000.00
Ended
Varies Virtis Lanier, Sr. Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a sophomore with a minimum 2.5 GPA from the Jackson Metro area. First preference will be...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a sophomore with a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$0.00 Spring Scholarship Appeal
This application is for students requesting a change to a scholarship status administered by the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships. Appeals are...
This application is for students requesting a change to a scholarship...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $0.00
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies Andrew Clayton Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA majoring in Nursing BSN or in any major in the...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
Varies 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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
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: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended