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Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate Students

Undergraduate Scholarships

2 + 2 Scholarships Available to NWCC-DeSoto Center Transfers Only

DeSoto Center Scholarships (limited)
Northwest MS Community College transfer student
2.5 GPA, DeSoto County resident
$1000 ($500 fall/$500 spring)

Maddox Foundation Scholarship (one)
Northwest MS Community College transfer
2.5 GPA, DeSoto County resident
$1500 ($750 fall/$750 spring)

Reeves-Williams (one)
DeSoto Center Endowment
Junior or senior
Business or Accountancy major
DeSoto County resident
$1500 ($750 fall/$750 spring)

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UM Regional Campus Academic Leadership Scholarships for Community College Transfer Students

The UM Regional Campus Academic Leadership Scholarship is awarded to selected community college transfer students who are rising juniors entering a UM Regional campus. Recipients receive a half-tuition scholarship for four consecutive semesters. In order to be eligible for this award, students must have no less than a 2.5 GPA from transfer institution (as calculated by The University of Mississippi). Students must also submit a brief essay that demonstrates financial need and interest in their chosen field as well as one letter of recommendation from a supervisor, principal, co-worker, community leader, teacher, etc. If awarded, the student will receive a scholarship for tuition for fall and spring for four semesters- provided that he/she is full-time status, and maintains a 2.5 Resident GPA.

The application can be found online at: (you must first apply for admission to UM in order to complete an application)

DeSoto County Residents

Junior Auxiliary Scholarship (one)
$500 per semester for one year
UM-DeSoto Center female student
DeSoto County resident

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Community College Academic Excellence Scholarship (unlimited)

The UM Community College Academic Excellence Scholarship is currently available for all new community college transfer students who have at least a 3.0 transfer GPA (as calculated by UM), have at least 48 transfer hours, and has never attended a 4-year University.

The scholarship is $1,500 per year ($750 per semester) and is renewable for up to 4 semesters (fall & spring only). Students must be enrolled full-time to receive this award. The scholarship may be stacked with other institutional, state, federal and private funding such as the PTK scholarship, MTAG, Luckyday, Outreach Academic Leadership, Pell Grant, etc. There is no application to complete, or application deadline. Students will be flagged for the scholarship upon receipt of their final transcripts by the Office of Admissions. If you transfer to UM in the spring semester you must notify your financial aid advisor if you are eligible for this scholarship. If eligible students do not see this scholarship on their financial aid package within a few weeks of being admitted to the university, they should contact the Office of Financial Aid at

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Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships (unlimited)

The UM Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to any community college transfer student who is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has at least 48 transferable credit hours and a 3.5 transfer GPA or higher.

PTK must be indicated on the official transcript or students may bring a copy of the PTK membership card to the UM Office of Financial Aid. Students must be enrolled full–time to receive this award. Departmental scholarships may also be available.

Students who have attended a four–year university or college following high school are not eligible to receive this award.

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UM Luckyday University Scholarship

This is a competitive scholarship that is awarded to 25 selected community college transfer students with a 2.5 GPA on at least 48 transferable community college credit hours. Students receiving this award must be residents of Mississippi and must be transferring from a Mississippi community college. In addition, students selected must have remaining financial need as determined by the FAFSA after other scholarships and grants have been awarded. Students who have previously attended a four-year university are not eligible to receive this award. The application deadline for filing the FAFSA and submitting the online UM Luckyday University Scholarship Application is March 1.

Award: Recipients may receive up to $4,600 per year. Click here to learn more about this award.

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Nursing Education Loan Scholarship (NELS)

A state–funded loan/scholarship for Mississippi residents who have been officially admitted into an accredited school of nursing in Mississippi and are classified as a junior or a senior. RN to BSN students must possess a current and valid Mississippi license as a registered nurse. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31, even if the student has not yet received official notification of admission from a Mississippi School of Nursing. The RN pursuing a BSN degree as a part-time student is eligible to receive prorated funding. Contact The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid at for further information.

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William Winter Teacher Scholar Loan (WWTS)

The WWTS is available to full-time junior and senior students who are enrolled in a program of study leading to a Class "A" teacher educator license at a four-year Mississippi college or university. The applicant must be a resident of Mississippi, and agree to employment immediately upon degree completion as a full-time classroom teacher in any public school in the State of Mississippi. Application dates are January 1 through March 31 each year.

Award Amount and Length of Eligibility: Junior and Senior participants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year. Eligible participants may continue to receive funds for the four (4) semesters.

Visit the WWTS website for a complete listing of requirements.

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Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)

Students who have maintained residency in Mississippi for at least one year and are enrolled in a Mississippi public university as an undergraduate (freshmen through senior years) are eligible for this scholarship through the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Junior and Senior-level students are eligible to receive $500 per semester.

Visit the MTAG website for further requirements, information, and an application.

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Robert D. Oesterling Academic Excellence Scholarships

Covering Out-of-State Tuition Costs

Offered at The University of Mississippi- Booneville, Southaven, and Tupelo campuses.

The University of Mississippi-DeSoto Center campus awards a number of Robert D. Oesterling Academic Excellence Scholarships each year to entering graduate and undergraduate students who do not meet the requirements for Mississippi residency.

In 2002, this academic excellence scholarship was developed and named for the former UM Division of Outreach and Continuing Studies Director Robert D. Oesterling who oversaw the off-campus sites in Tupelo and Southaven for over 20 years.

It is offered only at the University of Mississippi- Tupelo, Booneville, and Southaven campuses to cover the portion of tuition that is charged to out-of-state students above the cost of resident tuition. The scholarship is offered to students who live in a county that borders the state of Mississippi and to international students interested in enrolling at a UM-Regional Campus.

To be eligible for this academic excellence scholarship a student interested in graduate study must hold no less than a 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) from their undergraduate degree-granting institution. A student transferring into a bachelor's degree program at UM-DeSoto must possess a 3.0 or higher GPA from their transferring community college or university. There is currently no stipulation on the number of hours the student must in enroll in to receive the scholarship.

Click here to apply

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UM-DeSoto Student Ambassadors

Deadlines to Apply for UM-DeSoto Ambassador Positions
For Fall Semester: August 1
For Spring Semester: December 1

Thank you for your interest in the The University of Mississippi-DeSoto Student Ambassador program. We are currently looking for outgoing students who would like to help us promote our outstanding university and provide assistance to prospective students. Students from all walks of life are encouraged to apply, whether you are a transfer student from an area community college or a working student who is trying to complete a graduate degree.

If chosen to work as an ambassador, you will receive a $250 scholarship toward your tuition per semester. If you successfully complete the required number of work hours per semester, you will be eligible to receive the scholarship the following semester. The UM-DeSoto staff will decide this on a semester-by-semester basis.

Listed below is an overview of the duties that you will be responsible for as a UM-DeSoto Ambassador:

  1. Ambassadors will meet with prospective students to give campus tours and provide information on UM-DeSoto programs and activities.
  2. Ambassadors will contact prospective students through postcards, emails, letters and phone calls, as well as keep track of students within our prospective student database.
  3. Ambassadors will be required to work a specified number of hours per month throughout the semester.
  4. Ambassadors will positively promote The University of Mississippi-DeSoto and its programs during campus and community events. (Registration, New Student Orientation, UM Career Fair, etc.)
  5. Ambassadors must be involved in a student organization on campus.

We look forward to your assistance with this program. Please feel free to contact Daniel Christian at 662-342-4765 or,, if you have any questions.


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Graduate Scholarships

Academic Leadership Scholarships for Master's and Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction, Master's of Counseling, Master's of Educational Leadership

Scholarships are offered to area teachers who are beginning their masters or specialist- level coursework at The University of Mississippi- DeSoto campus. Scholarship award recipients will receive a half-tuition scholarship for each graduate level class taken at UM-DeSoto. The application deadline is July 1.

This award is available for students who currently teach in the following school districts:

  • DeSoto County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Tunica County Schools
  • Tate County Schools
  • Senatobia City Schools
  • Byhalia Schools
  • Magnolia Heights
  • Marshall Academy
  • S.B.E.C.
  • Tunica Institute of Learning
  • Memphis City Schools
  • Shelby County Schools

To be eligible for this competitive award a graduate student must have no less than a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA as calculated by the University of Mississippi. In order to maintain the award, the student must receive a 3.0 resident GPA for each semester of coursework completed with UM.

The application can be found online at: (you must first apply for admission to UM in order to complete an application)

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Academic Excellence Scholarships for the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Competitive Academic Excellence Scholarships will be offered to students who desire to complete the Master of Arts in TESL at the UM-DeSoto campus. Scholarship award recipients will receive a half-tuition scholarship for each graduate level class taken at UM-DeSoto. The application deadline is July 1.

Click here to apply

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Graduate Teacher, Counselor, School Administration Loan Scholarship

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning designed this scholarship program as an incentive to encourage current licensed classroom teachers in our state's public schools to pursue an advanced degree in education. The primary objective is to place master's level teachers in our public school classroom and counseling and administration positions.

Award: $150 per credit hour ($450 per 3-hour graduate course)
Application Period: January 1 - March 31 each year.
Dates are important as the number of awards and recipients are dependent upon available funds and awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Click here for further requirements and information.

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Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program

Participants selected for the MS Teacher Fellowship Program agree to employment as a licensed classroom teachers in a MS school district identified as a critical shortage area for three years. Tunica, Tate, Marshall, and North Panola counties are considered critical shortage areas. The program will provide a full-tuition scholarship for each graduate class, textbook costs, a laptop computer, and a classroom instructional enhancement grant.

Click here to LEARN MORE.

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UM School District Bank Hours

The University of Mississippi School of Education offers "bank-hour" credit to those school districts that assist our internship/student teaching program. The term bank-hour is used to describe tuition credit assigned by Ole Miss to area-schools for serving as host sites for internship placement and student teaching. School districts receiving bank-hour credit can use those credits to offset the cost of UM tuition for their employees. The formula for bank hours is determined each year by the University based upon the number of reported student placements.

Please contact your individual district office to see if bank-hour funding is available.

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Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program

The University of Mississippi Graduate School administers a waiver/scholarship program available to persons who are members of minority groups that have historically been underrepresented in various graduate education programs. Students who are eligible for this program will receive a 75 percent tuition scholarship.

Please contact your admissions or academic counselor for information on securing this funding.

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UM-DeSoto Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available for students enrolled full-time (9 hours or more) in a graduate program offered on the UM-DeSoto campus. Students are required to work a specified number of hours each week in exchange for tuition scholarships. Please contact the UM-DeSoto office for more information.

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