Scholarship Opportunities

FCAHS publishes the following on this page: local scholarship, state scholarships, state college/university scholarships, and well-known national scholarships. Please verify deadlines with the organization that manages the scholarship.

Local, State, and National Scholarship Opportunities

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

ACT Student Champion Award

Award: $5,000 to one student in each state

Deadline: October

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

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. Must win at the local, area, and state level to advance. Contact the Mississippi American Legion for more information.

Details: 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.

American Legion Scholarships

Multiple scholarships available

Antioch Lodge Community Service Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: April

Details: The men of Antioch Lodge will award one area Pine Belt student this essay scholarship.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Award: $20,000

Deadline: October

Details: The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 are awarded .

Dixie Boys Baseball Program Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Deadline: February

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

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

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

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: Varies

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.

Hattiesburg Area Dixie Youth Baseball Local Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: February

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 HBCU's.

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Award: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October

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

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

Jackie Robinison Foundation Scholarship Program

Award: Up to $30,000

Deadline: February

Details: The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education.

Jermaine Jenkins Scholarship (FCAHS Class of 1993)

Amount: Four scholarships, $500-$1,000 each

Deadline: May

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

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.

Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg Scholarship

Award: Varies

Deadline: March

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.

LGM Productions

Award: $500.00

Deadline: April

Recipients: College or Technical-bound seniors in Mississippi.

Details: Write an essay about how you would change your community

The Mississippi Association of Supervisors

Award: $500

Deadline: February

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 Organ Recovery Agency

Multiple scholarships available.

Deadline: November

Recipients: High school seniors. Must have a 2.5 GPA, letters of recommendation, and write an essay.

Mississippi Municipal League Scholarships

Award: $2,000

Deadline: May

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

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

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

2019-2020 Application

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. (Apply as a senior.)

Pinebelt Foundation

Multiple scholarships available for Pinebelt area students.

Prudential Spirit of Community

Award: $1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: November

Details: 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

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

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.

Scholarship America

Multiple scholarships available

Multiple scholarships available

SunTrust Bank Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Award: Two $500 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks beginning in October and ending in May.

Deadline: Starting in September, 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

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.

VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Competition

Award: Up to $30,000

Deadline: October

Recipients: Students in grades 9-12. Must write and record (audio) an esssay entitled "What Makes America Great." See link for details and application.

We the Students Essay Competition

Award: $500-$20,000

Deadline: February

Recipients: Students in grades 8-12, GED programs, or homeschool programs.

Zeta Phi Beta Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: April

Recipients: Seniors who have been accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college. Based on leadership, scholarship, and service to the community.

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