The Presidential Scholarships are Mississippi State University’s most prestigious freshman awards. The scholarship is awarded to 10-12 of the most outstanding entering freshman on a competitive basis.

Please note that our scholarship programs are reviewed each year and are subject to change. The information provided below is for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Priority Deadline: December 1

To apply for these scholarships, the Shackouls Honors College application must be submitted by December 1.

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Award Information

  • Awarded to 10-12 of the most outstanding entering freshmen on a competitive basis
  • This scholarship is worth approximately $75,000, which covers tuition and **housing for four years of undergraduate study, as well as $6,000 for study abroad and $4,000 for undergraduate research
  • Non-resident students may also receive a scholarship to cover up to 100% of the out-of-state portion of tuition
  • Presidential Scholarships replace Academic Excellence and Colvard Future Leader Scholarships

Award Criteria

  • Minimum 30 ACT (1390 SAT)
  • Outstanding high school academic record with a scholarship GPA of 3.75
  • Exceptional high school and community leadership

**Disclosures: Fully covers cost of double-occupancy on-campus residence hall space for up to four years. Additional details about maintaining the housing scholarship and options for the third and fourth year are available at