The Office of Prestigious External Scholarships mentors all University students who apply for national, merit-based scholarships and fellowships. These prestigious fellowships include the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall. In addition, our office regularly advises students who compete for other awards and scholarships such as the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), short-term summer Fulbright awards to the UK, Fulbright Fellowships, Boren, and Critical Language Studies Scholarship.
Over the last five years, Mississippi State has had a Rhodes Scholar, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, two Truman Scholars, two Fulbright Fellows, and three Goldwater Scholars. The University has been recognized by the Washington, D.C.-based Truman Scholarship Foundation for "sustained success" in helping students both to win the $30,000 competitive awards and to prepare for public service careers. And most recently, the Goldwater Foundation, which recognizes the most promising undergraduate researchers across the nation in science, math, or engineering, awarded the Goldwater Scholarship to a Shackouls Honors student in the Bagley College of Engineering.