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Scholarships - [ academic scholarships for entering freshmen ]

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

* MSU offers general scholarships to entering freshmen based on a 3.0 grade-point average (overall GPA submitted on the official high school transcript or core GPA calculated by MSU on a 4.0 scale from 9-11 grades) and official ACT/SAT scores submitted directly to MSU. The Scholarship committee will begin reviewing students with a minimum of 20 ACT (940 SAT) and 3.0 GPA. The first round of scholarship awards will be made following the December 1 priority date to admitted students who have met scholarship criteria.

* The written portion of the ACT or SAT is not considered for the awarding of scholarships.

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

Mississippi State University has a variety of academic scholarships including scholarships for National Merit and National Achievement, Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and overall academic excellence.

In addition to earned outstanding honors and awards, these scholarships require a competitive ACT/SAT score, an above average high school GPA, and excellent leadership and service activities.

Scholarship amounts are competitive and include awards ranging from the cost of books and housing to full resident and non-resident tuition.

Note: Only National Test Date ACT/SAT scores will be considered in determining scholarship awards. The February ACT/SAT is the last ACT/SAT to be considered for scholarship purposes. The written portion of the ACT/SAT is not considered for admission or scholarship awarding purposes.

Freshman Academic Excellence - Mississippi Residents

Awards are listed as annual amounts to be awarded over a maximum of eight semesters.
Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
Test Score Range3.00-3.49 GPA3.5 and above GPA
20-26$1,000 $1,500 - $2,000
27-29$2,000-$2,500 $3,000 - $3,500
30-32*$3,500 - $4,000 $4,500 - $5,000
33-36**$5,000 - $6,500 $6,000 - $7,500

*Starting at 30, an additional scholarship for Study Abroad is available, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.
**Starting at 34, an additional scholarship to cover one year of double-occupancy housing is available.

Freshman Non-Resident Academic Excellence Scholarships

Awards are listed as annual amounts to be awarded over a maximum of eight semesters.
Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
Test Score Range3.00-3.49 GPA3.5 and above GPA
20-21$1,000 $1,500
22-25$6,500 - $7,000 $7,500 - $8,000
26-29$9,000 - $10,000 $12,500
30-32$12,500 - $13,000 $13,500 - $14,000
33-36**$15,500 - $17,000 $16,500 - $18,000

**Starting at 34, an additional scholarship to cover one year of double-occupancy housing is available.
**Starting at 35, an additional scholarship for Study Abroad is available, ranging from $3,000 to $4,000.

Freshman Non-Resident Academic Alumni Scholarship

Awards are listed as annual amounts to be awarded over a maximum of eight semesters.
Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
Test Score Range3.00-3.49 GPA3.5 and above GPA
20-21$6,150 $6,650
22-25$11,650 - $12,150 $12,650 - $13,150
26-29$13,650 - 15,150 $13,650 - $16,150
30-32$16,150 - $16,650$17,150 - $17,650
33-36**$16,650 - $18,150$18,650 - $20,150

**Starting at 34, an additional scholarship to cover one year of double-occupancy housing is available.
**Starting at 35, an additional scholarship for Study Abroad is available, ranging from $3,000 to $4,000.

Please Note: Scholarships for the summer session may also be awarded, by petition, for up to $3,000. The amount of the scholarship will be pro-rated based on hours of enrollment.

International Baccalaureate Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

AICE Cambridge Diploma Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

National Merit/Achievement Semifinalist & Finalist Scholarships

Four-year award (eight semesters)

National Hispanic Recognition Program

Four-year award (eight semesters)

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

Student Body President Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

STAR Student Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

4-H Academic Scholarship

One-time award
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