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

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

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.


Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship Matrix

Annual award (over a maximum of 8 semesters)

Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
ACT Score Range SAT Score Range 3.00-3.49 GPA 3.5 and above GPA
20-26 940-1200 $1,000 $1,500 - $2,000
27-29 1210-1320 $2,000 - $2,500 $3,500 - $4,000
30-32* 1330-1430 $4,000 $4,500 - $5,000
33-36** 1440-1600 $5,000 - $6,500 $6,000 - $7,500

* Starting at 30 for MS residents, 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.


Combined Awards for Freshman Non-Resident Scholarships

Non-resident students can receive a Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship in addition to 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 3.00-3.49 GPA 3.5 and above GPA
20-21 940-1010 $1,000 $1,500
22-25 1020-1160 $6,500 - $7,000 $7,500 - $8,000
26-29 1170-1320 $9,000 - $10,000 $12,500
30-32 1330-1430 $12,500 - $13,000 $13,500 - $14,000
33-36** 1440-1600 $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.

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.


Combined Awards for Freshman Alumni Non-Resident Scholarships

Non-resident students who are children of alumni can receive a Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship, a Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, and an Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. We have combined the three scholarships for the total award amounts listed below.

Annual award (over a maximum of 8 semesters)

  • Criteria:
    • One or both parents are MSU Alumni
    • Minimum high school GPA 3.0
Annual Scholarship Award Ranges
ACT Score Range SAT Score Range 3.00-3.49 GPA 3.5 and above GPA
20-21 940-1010 $6,150 $6,650
22-25 1020-1160 $11,650 - $12,150 $12,650 - $13,150
26-29 1170-1320 $13,650 - 15,150 $13,650 - $16,150
30-32 1330-1430 $16,150 - $16,650 $17,150 - $17,650
33-36** 1440-1600 $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.

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

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

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)

  • 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 1170 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official International Baccalaureate Diploma must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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 1250 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official International Baccalaureate Diploma must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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 1330 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official International Baccalaureate Diploma must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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 or 1170 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official AICE Diploma must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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 1250 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official AICE Diploma must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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 1330 SAT
    • Must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    • Submission of the General Scholarship Application
    • Official AICE Diploma must be received by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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/Achievement Semifinalist and Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    • The semifinalist scholarship is worth approximately $34,000, which covers tuition, fees, and books 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/Achievement Scholarships are awarded in lieu of Academic Excellence 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, fees, and books 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 Scholarships