19 Mississippi College Scholarships in 2020-2021

While the average tuition for Mississippi’s public and private colleges is lower than the nation’s average ($6,612 for public and $15,042 for private), every bit of financial support helps! Check out these 20 Mississippi college scholarships that you can apply for today. 

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1) CASE Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $1,500

Provider: Casualty Actuarial Society

Requirements: Has sat for actuarial exams, Has passed an actuarial exam, Minimum GPA of 3.0, Demonstrated success in actuarial science courses, Has completed an actuarial science internship. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

The Casualty Actuarial Society awards two generous scholarships per year to students from Southeastern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage students in these states to become future working members of the CAS.

2) NISS – Nissan Scholarship

Amount: Varies – full tuition, required fees, and a book allowance

Provider: Nissan North America, Inc.

Requirements: Must be a graduating Mississippi high school student, 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 sclae, minimum of 20 on the ACT or 940 on the SAT, must be a reside of Mississippi.

This full-ride scholarship is awarded to students attending a public two-year or four-year college in Mississippi.

3) MESG – Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant

Amount:  Up to $2,500 per academic year

Provider: Mississippi Legislature

Requirements: Must be a Mississippi resident, GPA of 3.5, plan to enroll full time at a college or university in Mississippi.

This scholarship award may be renewed for up to 8 semesters (12 trimesters) or degree completion, whichever comes first. Students can submit one application and be considered for all state aid programs.

4) MTAG – Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant

Amount: Up to $500 per academic year for freshmen and sophomores, $1,000 per academic year for juniors and seniors

Provider: Mississippi Legislature

Requirements: Must be a Mississippi resident, GPA of 2.5, plan to enroll full time at a college or university in Mississippi.

This scholarship award may be renewed for up to 8 semesters (12 trimesters) or degree completion, whichever comes first. Students can submit one application and be considered for all state aid programs.

5) Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association Scholarship

Award: $1,500 for a two-year college or $2,500 for a four-year college

Provider: The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association

Requirements: Must currently be enrolled full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, 3.0 GPA, provide transcript, two essays, resume, digital photograph, letter of recommendation.

This scholarship provider awards up to 16 scholarships to support students attending  two-year and four-year colleges.


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6) SE4A Scholarship

Award: Varies

Provider: Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Agings

Requirements: Major in gerontology or geriatrics, Financial need, Writing skills, Minimum GPA of 2.5, Commitment to volunteer work with the elderly. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

For students pursuing a career in gerontology or geriatrics, the SE4A scholarship awards several Florida scholarships each year. This scholarship is open to students in Florida as well as in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

7) Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship

Award: $6,000 for students attending a four-year university and $2,000 for students attending a two-year college

Provider: Society of Plastic Engineers Foundation

Requirements: Must be a student with an interest in plastics, majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry.

8) Federation Ambassador Scholarship

Amount: Up to $4,000

Provider: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

Requirements: Contestant must be willing to travel and participate in workshops and speak at functions on Farm Bureau and agricultural issues.

9) LAW – Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship

Amount: Tuition, required fees, and average cost of campus housing

Provider: Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers and Fireman Scholarship Program

Requirements: Must enroll full time at a Mississippi college or university, must be certified as a dependent child or spouse of any Mississippi law enforcement officer, volunteer firefighter, or full-time firefighter who has suffered fatal injuries or wounds.

Please check the scholarship website for more information.

10) HELP – Higher Education Legislative Plan

Amount: Tuition and required fees at a public institution

Provider: Mississippi Legislature

Requirements: Must be a Mississippi resident, GPA of 2.5, minimum score of 20 on the ACT.

This scholarship award may be renewed for up to 8 semesters (12 trimesters) or degree completion, whichever comes first. Students can submit one application and be considered for all state aid programs.

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11) Kim Green Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: CREATE Foundation

Requirements: Varies. Please check the scholarship website for more information.

Check out these scholarship opportunities per Mississippi county. Students can click on a map on the website to see scholarships specific to their location.

12) Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

Amount: Up to $2,000

Provider: The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc.

Requirements: Students must reside in Mississippi, Tennessee, or Arkansas, or be affiliated with a bird dog club, organization, or field trial association in any of the other 47 U.S. states.

This scholarship promotes an interest in wildlife conservation, outdoor heritage, hunting, and related subjects. Students must submit an essay to be considered. Three students will be awarded scholarship money.

13) Young Farmers & Ranchers Scholarships

Amount: $3,000

Provider: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

Requirements: Must be enrolled in an agriculture degree at a Mississippi university or college, entering or in their sophomore year.

Students may fill out one application and be considered for the 5 different Young Farmers & Ranchers scholarships.

14) Mississippi Trucking Association Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: Mississippi Trucking Association Foundation

Requirements: Must be an undergraduate student, must have a parent or spouse actively employed in the trucking industry, student is currently employed in the trucking industry, OR is the child or a spouse of an independent contractor affiliated with a trucking company. Please check the scholarship website for the full list of requirements.

This unique scholarship caters to students who are children or spouses of someone in the trucking industry. College freshman, sophomore, juniors and seniors may apply.

15) Berta Lee White Scholarship and
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Amount: Varies

Provider: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

Requirements: Must be a Farm Bureau member, attending a Mississippi university or college.

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16) Christian Leaders of the Future

Amount: $1,000

Provider: Mississippi Christian Living and Belhaven University

Requirements: Must be a high school senior, provide a letter of recommendation, and answer application questions related to student’s Christian faith.

This scholarship awards two senior students (one male and one female) who demonstrate Christian character.

17) Diocesan Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Provider: Diocese of Mississippi

Requirements: Varies. Please check the scholarship website for more information.

The Episcopal Church in Mississippi offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to undergraduate students.

18) MACD Endowment Fund

Amount: Up to $5,000

Provider: The Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts’ Endowment Fund, Inc.

Requirements: Must currently be an enrolled college sophomore, junior, or senior.

The Endowment provides 5 scholarships each year, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.

19) National Rice Month Scholarship Contest

Amount: Up to $4,000

Provider: USA Rice and Corteva Agriscience

Requirements: Create a video about U.S. rice, National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state. Must be a graduating high school student from a rice-growing state, including Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.

This scholarship awards students in rice-growing states, encouraging them to make an original video related to rice.

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