In Mississippi, students have a wealth of educational opportunity, and many scholarships to help them achieve their goals. They can attend one of the state’s many well known public universities such as Jackson State, Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi, or the University of Southern Mississippi. The state also offers a wealth of two-year colleges and a few private colleges. Each of these options offers their own scholarships for Mississippi students, but the best scholarship options in Mississippi are not limited by the college a student decides to attend.
RiseUp!, an initiative from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, identifies a few scholarships throughout the state that students may apply for. Scholarships range from grants for students with extensive financial need, those with a strong academic record and students planning a career in a specific field such as teaching or nursing. Students may input specific information about their interests in order to find scholarships that best suit them.
Students planning to attend a two or four year public university in Mississippi are eligible for the Nissan Scholarship. This scholarship covers full-tuition and a book allowance, although the exact amount of the scholarship and number of scholarships awarded varies each year. In order to apply for the Nissan Scholarship, students must submit a 200-word essay explaining how their major will support the automotive industry in Mississippi. Students are also judged based on their academic achievements and extracurricular activities.
Another essay contest is open to high school seniors who live in Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi. The Bird Dog Foundation Essay Contest asks students to write a 900 to 1,000 word essay on one of the topics provided by the organization. Suggested topics include pollution, river ethics and biodiversity. Two awards are given out each year: $1,500 for the first place winner and $1,000 for the second place winner. Students may browse essays from previous winners to get an idea of what the foundation looks for in a winning essay.