The Office of Prestigious External Scholarships mentors all University students who apply for national, merit-based scholarships and fellowships. These prestigious fellowships and scholarships include the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Astronaut, Knight-Hennessy, Fulbright and Udall. In addition, our office regularly advises students who compete for other awards and scholarships such as the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, Boren, Critical Language Studies, Public Policy International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute, and DAAD-RISE.
Since the office’s inception in 2012, Mississippi State has had a Rhodes Scholar, a Gates Cambridge Scholar, three Truman Scholars, six Fulbright scholars, two Boren scholars, four Astronaut scholars, six PPIA JSI winners, and five 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. In 2020, MSU was among 12 institutions nationally to participate in the Fulbright Program Adviser Development Initiative because of our recent success and future potential in the U.S. Student Fulbright program.