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
$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: 01/25/2021
  • Award: $0.00
Deadline01/25/2021
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Bright Future Annual Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Public Relations who graduated from a public high...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a sophomore,...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Brooks-Winstead Physics Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student majoring in Physics. Preference is given to a student with at least...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Central Mississippi 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 Central...
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 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 Chemistry 50th Anniversary Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a Chemistry undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. If...
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a Chemistry...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Chemistry and Biochemistry Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Recipients must have a 3.25...
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Chemistry Emeritus Faculty Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships and graduate assistant wages in the Chemistry and Biochemistry programs. Half of the endowment...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships and graduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Chemistry/Biochemistry Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate student scholarships for Chemistry/Biochemistry majors. Scholarship recipients shall be...
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies CIEF Polymer Science and Engineering Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of the Endowment is to provide six (6) annual scholarships, as named and described herein, for undergraduates who: i. Successfully...
The purpose of the Endowment is to provide six (6) annual scholarships,...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Clarence and Helen Carter Excellence in Nursing Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Nursing with first preference given to a graduate of Ocean Springs High...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Colonel Tyler H. Fletcher Administration of Justice Leadership Award Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide an award to a full-time graduate student in good academic standing who is a graduate student in Criminal...
The purpose of this fund is to provide an award to a full-time graduate...
  • 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 Danny R. Carter Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide annual scholarships for full-time undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science.
The purpose of this fund is to provide annual scholarships for full-time...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Day/Mehearg Social Work Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to the USM graduate School of Social Work in memory of Dorvety J. Day and L. Erl Meheary who...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to the USM graduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Don George Communication Graduate Scholaship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to attract and assist desirable graduate students in the field of Communication.
The purpose of this fund is to attract and assist desirable graduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Doris Miller Nursing Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a deserving student majoring in Nursing who graduated from any high school in the following...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a deserving...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Dowell-Langlois Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to deserving graduates of high schools in Gulfport, MS. Applicants who are working toward...
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to deserving...
  • 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. Bertha M. Fritzche Child and Family Sciences Graduate Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding graduate student in Child and Family Studies.
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Dr. Elizabeth Haynes Library and Information Science Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to graduate student in any major in the School of Library and Information Science. The student...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to graduate student...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Dr. James V. Robinson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to award a full tuition scholarship to an academically deserving freshman with financial need and a minimum 2.5 GPA in...
The purpose of this fund is to award a full tuition scholarship to an...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies 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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Dr. Joe E. Holloway Scholars Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student at the Gulf Coast Campus with financial need who...
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Dr. Joe Paul Society of 1910 Scholarship Endowment
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: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021
Varies Dr. John and Jean Theobald Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate student majoring in Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education....
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to an undergraduate...
  • 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 Dr. Nancy Whitten New - New Summit Schools Scholarship Endowment
The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student who is a graduate of New Summit School in Jackson, Mississippi or North New Summit...
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 Dr. Rajive K. Khanna Endowed Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Recipients must have a 3.25...
The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: Varies
Deadline02/15/2021