Leadership and Service Scholarships

Admission to the university is required for all scholarships. To be considered for competitive and private scholarships, a scholarship resume must be submitted.

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

**Verification letters or other supporting documentation may be mailed to:
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • Priority Date: December 1
  • Award:
    • $6,000 over four years ($1,500/year) for Valedictorian students named by their high schools
    • $4,000 over four years ($1,000/year) for Salutatorian students named by their high schools
  • Criteria:
    • Scholarship Resume must be received by December 1.
    • Letter of verification by a high school guidance counselor, principal, or other high school official must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships before August 1

* May be awarded in addition to the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship.


Student Body President Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • Priority Date: December 1
  • Award: $6,000 over four years ($1,500/year) for president of the entire student body during senior year of high school
  • Criteria:
    • Scholarship Resume must be received by December 1
    • Letter of verification by a high school guidance counselor, principal, or other high school official must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships before August 1

* May be awarded in addition to the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship


STAR Student Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • Priority Date: December 1
  • Award: $6,000 over four years ($1,500/year) for STAR Student during senior year of high school
  • Criteria:
    • Scholarship Resume must be received by December 1
    • MS Resident
    • Letter of verification by a high school guidance counselor, principal, or other high school official must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships before August 1

* May be awarded in addition to the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship


4-H Academic Scholarship

One-time award

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: A one-time award of $500 ($250 per semester)
  • Criteria:
    • Be an entering freshman
    • Mississippi resident
    • Must have a scholarship GPA of 3.0
    • Must have a minimum 20 ACT or a 940 SAT
    • Must be an active member in the 4-H Community Club
    • Must submit a letter of participation from the county 4-H representative or the state 4-H office
    • Students named Outstanding 4-Her by the county representative will receive an additional $1,000 for a total award of $1,500

* May be awarded in addition to the Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship.


National Service Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: $500 per semester (up to 4 semesters for a possible total of $2,000)
  • Criteria:
    • Must be a first or second year cadet and meet all criteria to be "enrolled," as defined by the Army/Air Force program, in ROTC classes.
    • Must have a minimum 20 ACT or a 940 SAT
    • Not currently on an Army or Air Force scholarship
    • US citizen
    • Meet service age requirements
    • Meet service height/weight requirements
    • Pass Army/Air Force service Physical Fitness Test by second semester
    • Pass DoD medical exam by third semester
    • Scholarship is conditional on final approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Congressional Award Medal Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award:
    • One-time award
    • Gold Medal recipients will be awarded $1,000, Silver Medal recipients will be awarded $750, and Bronze Medal recipients will be awarded $500
    • Awarded at the highest level of achievement at the time of admission
  • Criteria: Must submit a letter of verification by the student's state representative or University's President. The letter must include the level obtained and the date received.**

JROTC Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: A one-time award of $500 ($250 per semester) for entering freshmen
  • Criteria:
    • Mississippi resident
    • Must have a scholarship GPA of 3.0
    • A letter of verification must be submitted by the high school Reserve Officers' Training Corps sponsor**
    • Student must still have an active part in Junior ROTC

Eagle Scout/ Gold Award Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: $6,000 over four years ($1,500 per year) to entering freshman;
  • Criteria:
    • Must have attained the level of Eagle Scout or Gold Award upon the time of admission and submit a copy of award certificate or letter from council leader**
    • Entering freshmen must have a scholarship GPA of 2.5; Community college transfer students must have completed at least 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Must be an entering freshman or a community college transfer student

Distinguished Young Women's Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award:
    • Awarded to the local winners of the Mississippi Distinguished Young Women Program (only awarded to the winners, no first or second alternate awards)
    • A one-time award of $1000 to be used the freshman year
    • Overall winner for the state of Mississippi receives $5,000 for the freshman year

Miss Mississippi Scholarship

  • Priority Date: Not Applicable
  • Award:
    • Miss MS receives a one-time award of $5,000
    • First through fourth alternates receive a one-time award of $1,000

MS Miss Hospitality Scholarship

  • Priority Date: Not Applicable
  • Award:
    • Miss Hospitality for the State of MS receives one-time award of $5,000
    • First through fourth alternates receive a one-time award of $1,000

Key Club Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: A one-time award of $250 per year of high school participation up to a maximum of $1,000
  • Criteria:
    • Be an entering freshman
    • Have the recommended minimum of 50 service hours each year of participation
    • Submit a letter of verification of participation and hours by Key Club sponsor**
    • Have a scholarship GPA of 3.0

Anchor Club Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: A one-time award of $250 per year of high school participation up to a maximum of $1,000
  • Criteria:
    • Be an entering freshman
    • Student must have provided service to those in need
    • Submit a letter of verification of participation and hours by high school Anchor Club sponsor**
    • Have a scholarship GPA of 3.0

Boys State/Girls State Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: $6,000 over four years ($1,500 per year)
  • Criteria:
    • Must have a scholarship GPA of 3.0 and be an entering freshmen for fall 2015
    • Entering freshmen who are named as governor to their state OR the state delegate to Boys Nation/Girls Nation

MS Boys State/Girls State Scholarship

  • Priority Date: August 1
  • Award: A one-time award of $1,000 to be used the freshman year
  • Criteria:
    • Must have a scholarship GPA of 3.0 and be an entering freshmen for fall 2015
    • Mississippi resident
    • Entering freshmen who participated in MS Boys State/Girls State