Scholarships Notice

Mississippi State University awards automatic scholarships based on certain academic criteria. Calculate your potential amounts using our scholarship calculator. Opportunities for additional scholarships, such as departmental or private scholarships, are available based on submission of the General Scholarship Application once admitted to the university. Students who are unable to take the ACT or SAT may submit the General Scholarship Application to be reviewed holistically for scholarship consideration.

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National Merit Semifinalist & Finalist Scholarships

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Mississippi Residents $69,100 over four years

GPA

3.00+

Award Information

  • The amount listed above is the approximate potential value awarded to National Merit Finalists who list MSU as their first-choice institution. The base scholarship amount for students who have been named Semi-Finalists and Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is approximately $40,000 over four years.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the base scholarship value, finalists who list MSU as their first choice will also be awarded a Housing Scholarship to cover the cost of on-campus, double-occupancy housing for the first through the fourth year, with an option to live in College View, the university housing apartment community, for the third and fourth year. For more information on the Housing Scholarship, visit https://www.housing.msstate.edu/scholarships/.
  • National Merit Scholarships are awarded in lieu of Academic Excellence and Colvard Future Leader Scholarships

Non-residents $131,900 over four years

GPA

3.00+

Award Information

  • The amount listed above is the approximate potential value awarded to National Merit Finalists who list MSU as their first-choice institution. The base scholarship amount for students who have been named Semi-Finalists and Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is approximately $40,000 over four years.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the base scholarship value, finalists who list MSU as their first choice will also be awarded a Housing Scholarship to cover the cost of on-campus, double-occupancy housing for the first through the fourth year, with an option to live in College View, the university housing apartment community, for the third and fourth year. For more information on the Housing Scholarship, visit https://www.housing.msstate.edu/scholarships/.
  • Non-resident students may also receive approximately $15,680 annually 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