Leadership and Service Scholarships

Admission to the university is required for all scholarships. To be considered for competitive and private scholarships, the general application 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.

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.

**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:
    • The General Application 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:
    • The General Application 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:
    • The General Application must be received by December 1
    • MS Resident
    • Must be verified by the Mississippi Economic Council

* 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 enrollment 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 one year of tuition
    • 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 year of tuition
    • 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