Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant

Scholarship Value: $20,000
Awards Available: 100

Created by the Mississippi Legislature, this program is designed to provide financial assistance to Mississippi residents attending state approved public and private not-for-profit two-year and four-year eligible colleges and universities. The primary objective of MESG is to provide educational opportunities for high-achieving high school students who wish to pursue postsecondary education in the state.

Eligibility Requirements for Entering Freshmen:

  • Be a legal resident of the State of Mississippi for one year prior to high school or Home School completion.
  • Earn a high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. (Home School applicants must submit a signed transcript of 9th through 12th grades.)
  • Score a minimum of a 29 on the National ACT (1350 on the SAT), or be named a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist.
  • Enroll full-time at an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi in a program of study leading to a first certificate, first associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility Requirements for Students Currently Enrolled in College:

  • Meet all the eligibility requirements of the entering freshman and apply within three years of high school graduation.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative college GPA on at least 12 completed college hours but no more than 18 completed college hours.
  • Attend an approved postsecondary institution in Mississippi in a program of study leading to a first certificate, first associate’s, or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Enroll full-time and maintain full-time enrollment (complete with passing grades) each semester. Full-time enrollment is 15 hours per semester or 9 hours per trimester.
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