Admission to the university is required for scholarship consideration.  In addition to earned outstanding honors and awards, these scholarships require a competitive GPA on a minimum of 48 transferable community college hours and excellent leadership and service activities. To be considered for Phi Theta Kappa, private, and leadership & service scholarships, the General Scholarship Application must be submitted. Be sure to check your recommended scholarships after completing the General Scholarship Application.

Please note that our scholarship program is reviewed each year and is subject to change. The information provided below is for the 2017-2018 academic year. All scholarships are awarded on a funds-available basis. 


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • Award: Two-year award, $8,000 ($2,000 per semester)
  • Criteria:
    • Completion of at least 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU
    • 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Submission of the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship application found in the "Recommended" list under the "Opportunities" tab in the MSU scholarship portal
      • This includes submission of your Phi Theta Kappa verification

*May not be combined with the Community College Recognition Scholarship


Community College Recognition Scholarship

  • Award: Two-year award, $5,000 ($1,250 per semester)
  • Criteria:
    • Completion of at least 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA

*May not be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.


Phi Theta Kappa President Scholarship

  • Award: Two-year award, $2,000 ($500 per semester)
  • Criteria:
    • Meets Phi Theta Kappa scholarship criteria
    • President of Phi Theta Kappa at your community college
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Submission of the Phi Theta Kappa President Scholarship application found in the "Recommended" list under the "Opportunities" tab in the MSU scholarship portal
      • This includes submission of your sponsor's official email address
    • Letter of verification by sponsor must be uploaded into the MSU scholarship portal by August 1

* May be awarded in addition to the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship


Compass Scholarship

  • Award: One-year award, $2,000 ($1,000 per semester)
  • Criteria:
    • Completion of at least 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU
    • 3.50 cumulative GPA

*Awarded in addition to the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and Community College Recognition Scholarship. 


MS Phi Theta Kappa Excellence Award

  • Award: First year only, $1,000
  • Criteria:
    • Student must be a MS resident
    • 48 transferable hours from the community/junior college
    • 3.75 minimum cumulative GPA
    • Student must be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa

Community College Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship*

  • Level One Award: $25,000 over two years ($6,250 per semester)
  • Level One Criteria:
    • Completion of at least 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • May be awarded in addition to the Phi Theta Kappa and Community College Recognition Scholarships
  • Level Two Award: $37,500 over three years ($6,250 per semester)
  • Level Two Criteria:
    • Completion of at least 24 hours but fewer than 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU
    • 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • May NOT be awarded in addition to the Phi Theta Kappa and Community College Recognition Scholarships

* Applicants who receive a non-resident tuition scholarship will not be a candidate for the Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, except in the summer.

*The 100% Veteran, Service-Member, Dependent, Spouse Non-Resident Tuition Waiver cannot be stacked with the Community College Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships.

*Academic Common Market may not be stacked with the Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship


Riley Scholars

  • Award: Two-year award, $5,000 ($2,500 per year)
  • Criteria:
    • Completion of at least 48 hours of transferable community college courses applicable to a bachelor's degree at MSU-Meridian
    • 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Submission of the Riley Scholarship application found in the "Recommended" list under the "Opportunities" tab in the MSU scholarship portal
    • Awarded to ten students each year who are transferring from ECCC, EMCC, JCJC or MCC to MSU-Meridian
  • Deadline is April 1st

Presidential Partnership Scholarship

  • Award: Covers the cost of tuition for two years (4 semesters)
  • Criteria:
    • Student must be a MS resident and currently attending a MS community/junior college
    • Student must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa
    • Nominated by MS community/junior college president