Admission to the university is required for all scholarships. To be considered for competitive and private scholarships, the general scholarship application must be submitted along with the additional supplemental application.

Recipients must enroll as a full-time student the semester in which the award is received. Recipients also must remain in good standing.

Please note that our scholarship program is reviewed each year and is subject to change. The information provided below is for the 2015-2016 academic year.

*Scores listed are based on the old SAT.


Presidential Scholarships

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Award:
    • Awarded to 10-12 of the most outstanding entering freshmen on a competitive basis
    • This scholarship is worth approximately $75,000, which covers tuition and **room and board for four years of undergraduate study, as well as $6,000 for study abroad and $4,000 for undergraduate research
    • Non-resident students may also receive a scholarship to cover up to 100% of the out-of-state portion of tuition
    • Presidential Scholarships replace Academic Excellence Scholarships
  • Criteria:
    • Minimum 30 ACT or *1330 SAT
    • Outstanding high school academic record with a scholarship GPA of 3.75
    • Application to the Shackouls Honors College by December 1
    • Exceptional high school and community leadership

*Score listed is based on the old SAT. 

**Fully covers double-occupancy on-campus housing for up to four years, with an option to partially cover off-campus housing for the third and fourth year. 


Provost Scholarships

  • Priority Deadline: December 1
  • Award:
    • Academic scholarship of $7,750 per year ($18,250 per year for non-resident), and a $4,000 scholarship for study abroad
    • A research grant of $1,500 for academic research and/or creative discovery
    • A one-summer optional tuition credit of $1,000 ($2,400 for non-resident) and one summer of free housing in Griffis Hall (available in the summer of 2017 or thereafter)*
    • An optional $750 travel grant to a conference (to be provided by Honors)
    • Begin active research no later than the spring of the second year and produce a research report and present at one of the Mississippi State undergraduate research symposia.
    • Participate in provost scholar activities, including talks and gatherings and work with the director of prestigious external fellowships and pursue such fellowships.
    • Provost Scholarships replace Academic Excellence Scholarships
  • Criteria:
    • Minimum 3.75 GPA and 30 or higher ACT – OR – Minimum 3.75 high school GPA and a minimum 28 ACT with at least a 34 ACT sub score in the area which they have indicated a research area
    • Application to the Shackouls Honors College by December 1

*Due to limited availability, students wishing to conduct research in the summer of 2016 will need to stay in a residence hall outside Zacharias Village.


Accounting Excellence Scholarships

  • Priority Date: February 1
  • Award: Up to $10,000 over four years ($2,500 per year)
  • Awarded by The Adkerson School of Accountancy
  • ​Contact:  Ms. Michelle Bricka – 662-325-3711 for additional information
  • Criteria:
    • 3.5 or higher High School GPA,  26 ACT or higher
    • Must declare PACC-Pre-Accountancy as major
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application​

Engineering Excellence Scholarships

  • Priority Deadline: December 1 (Contact: Mr. Robert Green - 662.325.2267)
  • Award: Up to $12,000 over four years ($3,000/year) for engineering and computer science majors
  • Criteria: Awarded to students with ACT scores of 30 or higher along with a required essay
  • Awarded by the Bagley College of Engineering

Ramsay and Elaine O'Neal Scholarship

  • Priority Date: December 1 (Contact: Dr. Mary Celeste Reese - 662.325.8825)
  • Award: Up to $12,000 over four years ($3,000/year) for pre-med students
  • Criteria: Minimum 28 ACT or *1250 SAT and an exceptional high school academic record
  • Awarded by the Department of Biological Sciences

*Score listed is based on the old SAT.


Sharp Academic Scholarships

  • Priority Date: December 1 (Contact: Mr. Cory Bailey - 662.325.7873)
  • Award: Up to $12,000 over four years ($3,000/year) for forestry majors
  • Criteria: Outstanding high school academic record and an exceptional ACT/SAT score
  • Awarded by the College of Forest Resources

Toyota-Haley Barbour Scholarships

  • Priority Date: February 15, 2016
  • Award:
    • Five scholarships awarded annually
    • $32,000 over four years ($8,000 per year)
  • Criteria
    • Minimum high school GPA 3.0
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Reside in Northeast MS/ Desoto County
    • Majoring in Mathematics, Physics, Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering