Mississippi State University has a variety of academic scholarships including scholarships for National Merit 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. The written portion of the ACT or SAT is not considered for the awarding of scholarships. 

Admission to the university is required for all scholarships. To be considered for competitive, leadership and service, and private scholarships, the general scholarship application must be submitted.

Students must enroll as a full-time student in the semester in which the award is received. Renewal of scholarships and non-resident scholarships is based on maintaining continuous full-time enrollment and maintaining the required GPA as listed in the scholarship offer. Enrollment and GPA are checked at the end of each spring semester. 

Please note that our scholarship program is reviewed each year and is subject to change. The information provided below is for students entering in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Academic Excellence Award Amounts for Mississippi Residents

Annual award (over a maximum of 8 semesters)

Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
ACT Score Range
SAT Score Range
3.00 GPA & Higher
20-23 1020-1150 $1,000
24-26 1160-1270 $1,500
27-29 1280-1380 $3,000
30-32* 1390-1480 $4,500
33-36** 1490-1600 $6,000

Colvard Future Leader Scholarship for Mississippi Residents

Eligible students can receive a Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship in addition to a Colvard Future Leader Scholarship. 

ACT Score Ranges SAT Score Ranges 3.5 GPA & Higher
24-26 1180-1260 $1,000
27-29 1280-1380 $1,500
30-32* 1390-1480 $2,000
33-36** 1490-1600 $2,500

*Starting at 30 ACT and 3.0-3.49 GPA, an additional scholarship for Study Abroad is available, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Students with a 30+ ACT and a 3.5 GPA or higher are eligible to receive $2,000 to $4,000.

**Starting at 34, an additional scholarship to cover one year of double-occupancy housing is available.


Combined Awards for Freshman Non-Resident Scholarships

Non-resident students can receive a Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship and a Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. We have combined the two scholarships for the total award amounts listed below. 

Annual award (over a maximum of 8 semesters)

Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
ACT Score Range SAT Score Range Award Amount
22-23 1100-1150 $8,000 (3.5 GPA & higher)
24 1160-1190 $6,000 (3.0-3.49 GPA)     $9,000 (3.5 GPA+)
25 1200-1230 $7,000 (3.0-3.49 GPA)     $9,000 (3.5 GPA+)
26-29 1240-1380 $12,500 (3.0 GPA & higher)
30-32 1390-1480 $14,000 (3.0 GPA & higher)
33-36* 1490-1600 $20,000 (3.0 GPA & higher)

Colvard Future Leader Scholarship for Non-Residents

Eligible students can receive a Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship in addition to a Colvard Future Leader Scholarship. 

ACT Score Ranges SAT Score Ranges 3.5 GPA & Higher
26 1240-1270 $1,000
27-29 1280-1380 $1,500
30-32 1390-1480 $2,000
33-36* 1490-1600 $2,500

*Starting at 34, an additional scholarship to cover one year of double-occupancy housing is available.

*Starting at 35 with a 3.0-3.49 GPA, an additional scholarship for Study Abroad is available for $3,000. Students with a 35 ACT or higher with a 3.5 GPA or higher are eligible to receive a $4,000 scholarship for Study Abroad. 

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

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

Students must be assessed non-resident fees in order to receive a Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. 


Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship

Annual Award (over a maximum of 8 semesters)

  • Award:
    • $4,000 per year for up to 4 years
  • Criteria
    • One or both parents are MSU Alumni
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 
    • ACT score of 32 and below or SAT score of 1480 and below
      • Students scoring 33+ on the ACT or 1490+ on the SAT are not eligible to receive the Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship because scholarship awards cannot exceed the cost of non-resident tuition charges or the total cost of attendance

Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships can be stacked with the Non-Resident Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Colvard Future Leader Scholarship. 

Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships cannot be stacked with the 100% Veteran, Service-Member, Dependent, Spouse Non-Resident Tuition Waiver or with the Academic Common Market. 

Students must be assessed non-resident fees in order to receive Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship or Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. 


International Baccalaureate Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • Level One Award: $6,000 over four years ($1,500 per year)
  • Level One Criteria:
    • Must have earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 30
    • Must have a minimum 26 ACT or 1240 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official International Baccalaureate Diploma must be submitted through the MyState scholarship portal before October 1
  • Level Two Award: $8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year)
  • Level Two Criteria:
    • Must have earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 35
    • Must have a minimum 28 ACT or 1310 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official International Baccalaureate Diploma must be submitted through MyState scholarship portal before October 1
  • Level Three Award: $10,000 over four years ($2,500 per year)
  • Level Three Criteria:
    • Must have earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 40
    • Must have a minimum 30 ACT or 1390 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official International Baccalaureate Diploma must be submitted through MyState scholarship portal before October 1

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


AICE Cambridge Diploma Scholarship

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • AICE Diploma at Pass Level: $6,000 over four years ($1,500 per year)
  • Pass Level Criteria:
    • Must have a minimum 26 ACT or1240 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official AICE Diploma must be submitted through MyState scholarship portal before October 1
  • AICE Diploma with Merit: $8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year)
  • Merit Criteria:
    • Must have a minimum 28 ACT or 1310 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official AICE Diploma must be submitted through MyState scholarship portal before October 1
  • AICE Diploma with Distinction: $10,000 over four years ($2,500 per year)
  • Distinction Criteria:
    • Must have a minimum 30 ACT or 1390 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official AICE Diploma must be submitted through MyState scholarship portal before October 1

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


National Merit Semifinalist & Finalist Scholarships

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • Award:
    • Awarded to students who have been named Merit and Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    • The semifinalist scholarship is worth approximately $34,000, which covers tuition and fees for four years of undergraduate study
    • National Merit Scholars enrolled in the Shackouls Honors College may be eligible for a $2,000 Stewart Bridgforth Honors Scholarship which may be used for study abroad, internships, or faculty-sponsored undergraduate research support after a student's freshman year. To be considered for this scholarship, students must be active participants in the Shackouls Honors College, maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA, and participate in the Stewart Bridgforth Honors Scholars Program.
    • Finalists who list MSU as their first choice will receive a total awards package of $64,000, which includes a **Housing Scholarship and a Finalist Scholarship
    • Non-resident students may also receive a scholarship to cover 100% of the out-of-state portion of tuition
    • National Merit Scholarships are awarded in lieu of Academic Excellence and Colvard Future Leader Scholarships

*Scholars sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or a foundation may be selected for an annual stipend ranging from $500 to $3,000.

**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. 


National Hispanic Recognition Program

Four-year award (eight semesters)

  • Award:
    • Awarded to students who have been recognized by the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program
    • The scholarship is worth approximately $34,000, which covers tuition and fees for four years of undergraduate study
    • Non-resident students may also receive a scholarship to cover 100% of the out-of-state portion of tuition
    • National Hispanic Recognition Scholarships are awarded in lieu of Academic Excellence and Colvard Future Leader Scholarships