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Local, State, and National Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarships listed below are organized alphabetically. Please take special note of deadlines. 

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Award; $1,000
Deadline: June 14, 2019
Details: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Award:  $5,000 to one student in each state
Deadline:  October 31, 2018
Details:  The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. 

American Foreign Services Association National High School Essay Contest
Award: $2,500, travel awards, and more
Deadline: March 2019

Details: Available to students in grades 9-12.  The winner receives $2,500, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to meet the Secretary of State and a full scholarship for a semester at Sea educational voyage. The winner up receives $1250 and a full scholarship to attend the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference. Write an essay about the topics of peace and democracy.

American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
Award:  Up to $18,000
Deadline: January 2019.  Must win at the local, area, and state level to advance. Contact the Mississippi American Legion for more information.  
Details:   The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States among high school students.  Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

American Legion Scholarships
Multiple scholarships available

Deadline:  June 2019
Details:  For students that intend to pursue an animation related field at an accredited post-secondary school/college

Award:  $1,000
Deadline:  April 2019
Details:  The men of Antioch Lodge will award one area Pine Belt student this essay scholarship.

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: June 2019
Details: Must be a current or former athlete at the high school or college level. Must be a current college student or high school senior entering college. Essay required. Write a 400-500 word essay describing how the lessons you have learned through playing sports have positively impacted you as you pursue your college education.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship
$2,500, $10,000 and $25,000
The 2019 program will be accepting applications from September 1, 2018 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 14, 2018, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!
Recipients: Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
Details:  Students with Ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family, and community & ability to succeed in college.

B. Davis
Award:  $1,000
Deadline:  May 2019
Details:  Available to high school juniors and seniors.   Essay required.  Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. 

Big Sun Athletics
Award:  $500
Deadline:  June 2019
Details:  All student-athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in.  Essay required.

Award:  $1,500
Deadline:  December 31, 2018
Details:  The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.  Two scholarships are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester. Essay required.

Award:  $500-$2000
Deadline:  December 14, 2018
Details:  This scholarship competition challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing various essays on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives.
Essay topic: "Our life on a spaceship: the future of mankind."

Dixie Boys Baseball Program Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Recipients: High school seniors
Details: Open to high school seniors who have participated in a Dixie Boys Baseball program when they were 12 years old or younger.

Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship sponsored by the employees of the GrandBank
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 2019
Recipients: High school seniors
Details: The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship is a one-time annual scholarship awarded to a Pine Belt area high school student based on academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need.

Elks Most Valuable Student
Award: Varies
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Recipients: Seniors
Details: Strong academics, leadership, financial need

Gates Scholarship
Award:  Varies based on need.  Will cover full tuition not covered by other resources.

Deadline:  September 18, 2018

Details:  The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors.

GE- Reagan Foundation

Award: $10,000-$40,000
Deadline: TBA

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation

Multiple scholarships available

Hattiesburg Area Dixie Youth Baseball Local Scholarship
Award: $500
Deadline: February 2019
Recipients: High School Seniors
Details: Open to high school seniors who have participated in the Hattiesburg Area Dixie Youth Baseball Program when they were 12 years or younger.

HBCU Scholarships

Multiple scholarships available for students attending HBCUs 

Award:  $1,000 to $10,000
Deadline:  April 2019
Details:  A multi-media scholarship where students can submit projects in art, photography, videography, music, and creative writing.

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program
Award: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October 25, 2018
Details: Horatio Alger Association invites graduating high school seniors to apply for the Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship. The program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Scholarship criteria include high school completion by Spring 2019 with at least a 2.0 GPA, be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, demonstrate financial need, enrollment by Fall 2019 with a commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical degree, and United States citizenship.  

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Award: Up to $40,000

Deadline: November 2018

Details: Available to seniors who plan to enroll in a four-year college or university.  Based on strong academics and financial need.

Jermaine Jenkins Scholarship (FCAHS Class of 1993)
Amount:  Four scholarships, $500-$1,000 each
Deadline:  TBA.  Typcially June
Details:  Write a 2 1/2-page, double-spaced essay that answers the question, "How do we improve race relations in America?"  Applicants must have at least  2.5 GPA and submit proof of 30 community service hours.  Seniors at FCAHS, Hattiesburg High, Petal, and Oak Grove may apply.  Send all information to AND

John F. Kennedy, Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Award:  Cash rewards range from $500 to $10,000
Deadline:  January 18, 2019
Recipients:  High school students in grades 9-12.
Details:  Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.  Each student participant must have a “nominating teacher” to review the submission and provide support and advice during the research and writing process. The first-place winner and her/his nominating teacher will be invited to receive awards at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. 

Deadline: March 2019
Recipients: High school seniors
Details: Educational scholarships are awarded to the local community by granting college scholarships each year to deserving high school seniors.  These scholarships are awarded based on participation in community activities, leadership, moral character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and educational goals.

Mississippi American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
Award: $2,000-$18,000
Deadline: January 2019
Available to students in grades 9-12.  The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States among high school students.  Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

The Mississippi Association of Supervisors
Award: $500
Deadline: March 2019
Details: Available to 
seniors who have an immediate family member who is either a current or retired Mississippi county employee. Essay contest. 

Mississippi Farm Bureau Scholarship

Multiple scholarships available

Details:  Farm Bureau offers several scholarships to young people interested in furthering their education in agriculture.

Mississippi Municipal League Scholarships
Award: $2,000
Deadline: May 2019
Details:  The MML High School Scholarship Program provides three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for high school seniors in Mississippi who plan to attend an accredited community college, college or university in Mississippi. The General Scholarship is open to all high school seniors and is co-sponsored by Mississippi Power Company. There are two Limited Scholarships. One is open to children or grandchildren of employees or elected officials of Mississippi municipalities and to high school seniors working part-time for a member municipality of the Mississippi Municipal League and is sponsored by Phelps Dunbar. A second Limited Scholarship is being offered by the Mississippi Municipal Service Company and is open to children or grandchildren of employees or elected officials of Mississippi municipalities that are members of the MMSC Liability Plan or the Workers Compensation Group. Applicants may only apply for one scholarship and must submit a 2,000-word essay entitled "Why I Should Consider a Career in Municipal Government."

National Beta Scholarship
Award: $1000-$15,000
Deadline: January 24, 2019
Details: 12th-grade students who are active National Beta Club members and duly registered with the national headquarters as of November 1, 2018, are eligible to apply and participate in the scholarship competition. Selection of National Beta Club Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as National Beta Involvement. 

Nissan Scholarship
Award: Varies. Covers full tuition, fees,
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Details: Nissan North America, Inc. provides scholarship funds for seniors that will attend a Mississippi public two-year college or public four-year college.

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association Round Up for Education

Award: Up to $1,000

Deadline: August 2019

Details: Available to Mississippi community college freshmen who are children or spouse of a Pearl River Valley EPA customer that participates in the PRVEPA Round-Up for Education Program.

Prudential Spirit of Community

Award: $1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C. 
Deadline: November 7, 2018
In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April.

Promote the Vote

Award: $100

Deadline: December 7, 2018

Details: Open to students in K-12. Teacher must register for students to participate.

Multiple scholarships available

Regions Riding Forward Black History Scholarship Essay Contest
Award: $3,500-$5,000
Deadline: February 2019
Details: Regions will award scholarships to 15 high school seniors who live in states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2017-2018 academic school year. Essay required.
Multiple scholarships available
Multiple scholarships available

Amount:  $1,000
Deadline:  December 15, 2018
Details:  Math has been with us since the beginning of human civilization. Throughout history, we have used math in innovative ways that benefited our civilization. Whether this brought about a paradigm shift from an original way of thinking, the discovery or invention of something new, saved lives or opened doors for new possibilities.  In no less than 1000 words, write an essay discussing how a particular topic or branch of math, or a historic event related to math, helped propel humanity forward in a significant way.

Award: Two $500 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks beginning on or about October 30, 2018, until May 14, 2019.

Deadline: Starting September 2018, students can enter online once during each entry period. 
Details:  Available to high school seniors.  No GPA or financial need requirement.

Toward Excellence Scholarship
Award: $250, $500, $1000
Deadline: July 2019.
Details: The Phi Gamma Delta chapter at Mississippi State University sponsors the Toward Excellence Scholarship. Scholarships are available to any male attending Mississippi State University. The applicant is under no obligation to join any organization to be eligible for consideration. Phi Gamma Delta is seeking to recognize outstanding individuals in the areas of academics, athletics, school involvement, and community service. 

Valeant Dermatology Scholarship
Award: Up to $10,000
Deadline: April 2019
Recipients: High school seniors
Details: The aim of the scholarship program is to recognize students who have been diagnosed and treated for a dermatologic condition and are pursuing their goal of a higher education degree.
Deadline:  One winner each month
Details:  Write an essay in response to a monthly prompt.

Award:  $1,000-$5.000
Deadline:  November 15
Recipients:  High school seniors who plan to study abroad with Verto. Must be nominated by your school counselor.  See Ms. Lea if you are interested in applying.  

Award:  $500-$20,000
Deadline:  February 14, 2019
Recipients:  Students in grades 8-12, GED programs, or homeschool programs

Award:  $1,000
Deadline:  June 28, 2019
Recipients:  Must write an essay, have a 3.0 GPA, be involved in the community, and submit transcripts.  

Award:  $3,000
Deadline:  December 31, 2018
Recipients:  Students who are 18 years or older
Details:  Submit an entry after completing a job interview.  

Mississippi Public and Private Colleges and Universities

The links below will direct you to general scholarships awarded by the institution.  There may be additional scholarships available from other sources at the institution.  Be sure to explore the website and/or contact the institution for specific details.  

Alcorn State University

Belhaven University

Blue Mountain College

Coahoma Community College

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Delta State University

East Central Community College

East Mississippi Community College

Hinds Community College

Holmes Community College

Itawamba Community College

Jackson State University

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