Other Scholarships

Scholarship amounts listed are for students entering 2023-2024.

Sumners Scholarship

Application Deadline

  • Fall: September 15
  • Spring: February 15

Maximum award for undergraduates $20,000 over four years, $5,000 per year

GPA: 2.50+

Award Information

  • Sumners will only be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours and graduate students enrolled in a minimum of 9 semester hours
  • Maximum award for undergraduates is 8 semesters
  • Sumner awards are $5,000 per year ($2,500/sem)
  • Sumners will not be awarded for the summer term

The Sumners Scholarship Application can be found at www.sumnersgrant.com. Please select MSU and submit your application.

Award Criteria

  • 2.50 GPA is required
  • Must be a permanent resident of Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Montgomery, or Webster counties in Mississippi
  • Must submit a Sumners application by the appropriate deadline to be approved by the E.H. Sumners Foundation
  • Applications must be submitted annually
  • Submission of the General Scholarship Application

Departmental and College Scholarships, External Scholarships, Privately Funded Awards 

Departmental and College Scholarships

Departments and colleges within the university administer their own departmental scholarship programs. Students who have chosen a major are encouraged to contact the department in their major areas of study regarding scholarship opportunities.

External Scholarship

External scholarship money is available to students of all qualifications, abilities, and interests. These external scholarships may be provided by private donors, foundations, businesses, and many other sources outside of Mississippi State University. Here are a few helpful tips for finding scholarships that are right for you:

  1. For first-time freshmen, speak to your high school guidance counselor about options that are specific to your interests and intended major. There are also scholarships designated for minorities, first generation students, and certain ethnic groups.
  2. Never pay for scholarship services! Contact your high school guidance counselor or college scholarship office for further questions.
  3. Search for scholarships that may be offered by a parent or legal guardian’s employer, civic clubs, and local community. Corporations may offer scholarships to children of their employees. Elks Club, Lions Club, and The Girl and Boy Scouts of America are among the many organizations that offer scholarships.
  4. Other resources can be found at one of these free scholarship search and matching websites listed below:


Performance and Service Scholarships

ROTC, art, music, chorus, band, cheerleading, and pom squad offer scholarships or waivers. Amounts vary and may include non-resident tuition awards. An audition or portfolio showing may be required. Contact the appropriate department or program for more information.

Privately Funded Awards

The Mississippi State University Foundation oversees nearly 1,600 privately funded scholarships housed in our various academic colleges and departments. You can maximize your consideration for these awards by completing your general scholarship application, as well as any applications recommended to you within our online scholarship portal found in your MyState portal.

Many of our Alumni Association's local chapters provide scholarships to students from their local communities. These chapter scholarships are awarded to select students to receive one-year awards based on outstanding leadership and academic records.

For a list of alumni chapters/alumni chapter scholarships and how to apply through your myState portal, please visit the MSU Alumni Association Website.