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Scholarships for New Students

 

Scholarships for New Students | Millsaps Legacy Scholarship
Music Performing Arts and Visual Arts Scholarships
| United Methodist Scholarships | Scouting Scholarships
Prospective Students from Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Montgomery or Webster Counties in Mississippi
Millsaps Scholarships for Incoming Transfer Students | International Student Merit Scholarships
Need-Based Financial Aid

 

Scholarships for New Students

All admitted undergraduates will be considered for merit scholarships, based on the criteria below. Additionally, students wishing to apply for need-based financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about FAFSA and how it can help you minimize college costs here.

We know that planning and paying for college can be confusing, so we want to help you understand Millsaps' simplified scholarship selection system. While every applicant is reviewed individually and our applicant pools are increasingly competitive, the table below allows you to use your highest reported GPA and highest super-scored ACT (or SAT) score to estimate your merit scholarship range. The final award will be determined by additional criteria such as the rigor of a student's academic program and high school curriculum, leadership, extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, alumni/legacy relationships, institutional fit and demonstrated interest. High school grades/transcripts submitted at the time of the student’s application will be utilized for holistic admission and scholarship review; subsequent increases in grades or GPA will only be used for students initially deferred or wait listed. Students may submit higher standardized test scores and request a re-review of their scholarship decision; the last testing dates considered for Millsaps’ scholarship review are the February ACT and/or SAT.

For new, entering, domestic freshmen applicants only. Students interested in consideration for need-based financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The matrix scholarship ranges represent the total merit award including, for example, any Scouting and Legacy Scholarships. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships may be awarded each year. Scholarships are renewable for all four years (provided that certain criteria are met) but will be reduced if students choose off-campus residence at any time during their undergraduate study.

Scholarship matrix applicable to new freshmen students entering fall 2017

2016 Millsaps College Scholarship Matrix

Here are a few examples, where all 3 students have the same GPA and ACT score but receive different scholarship awards:

  • A student with a 3.80 GPA and a 29 ACT score with average coursework and little extracurricular involvement could receive $25,000 per year in merit scholarship and may be eligible for additional need-based awards, if they complete the FAFSA.
  • A student with a 3.80 GPA and a 29 ACT score with challenging coursework and leadership in extracurricular activities could receive $26,000 per year in merit scholarship and may be eligible for additional need-based awards, if they complete the FAFSA.
  • A student with a 3.80 GPA and a 29 ACT score with challenging  coursework and demonstrated strong leadership in extracurricular activities, strong recommendations, and a parent who attended Millsaps could receive $27,000 per year in merit scholarship, including a Legacy scholarship, and may be eligible for additional need-based awards, if they complete the FAFSA.

 

Some scholarships may be awarded to students with specific talents, backgrounds or interests:

Millsaps Legacy Scholarship

Millsaps values its legacy students who carry on a family tradition of attending the College. Any student who accurately indicates on his or her application for admission that their brother, sister, parent or grandparent, is an alumnus of the College will be awarded a Legacy scholarship, up to $2,000. The aim of this program is to increase applications, and as such, legacy information submitted after a student's admission decision will not be considered. Click here for Legacy Scholarship FAQ.

 

Music, Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

A limited number of competitive scholarships are awarded to students interested in Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre. These scholarships will be awarded based on an audition, portfolio review or an interview. Interested students should apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1 and visit the Arts Scholars Audition page to obtain specific requirements for and to schedule their audition, portfolio review or interview.

 

United Methodist Scholarships - Find out more about Millsaps church relations.

Children of United Methodist Pastors
Millsaps College will award $2,000 per year, renewable for four years, to incoming freshmen or transfer students whose parent provides confirmation of appointment as a United Methodist Church pastor.

Dollars for Scholars 
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) will provide a $1,000 matching scholarship to the first eligible 325 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. The sponsoring church must remit a check payable to UMHEF for $1,000 with the completed application form. Candidates must be enrolled or enrolling as a full-time student in the fall semester, in a UMC-related college, university, or seminary and be an active member of the UMC for at least one year. Upon verification of enrollment, UMHEF will transfer $2,000 to the institution. Only one application per church will be accepted. Only one application per student will be accepted. All information must be completed in order to be considered.

Other Methodist scholarships are offered by Church affiliated organizations. Applications are available at http://www.umhef.org/ and www.gbhem.org.

Millsaps United Methodist Scholarships
Submit Millsaps’ Application for United Methodist Scholarships by the March 1 deadline. Several competitive scholarships with varied amounts are available. Application information at www.millsaps.edu/finaid.

 

Scouting Scholarships

Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts who have earned Gold Award status admitted to Millsaps College will receive a minimum total scholarship package of $15,000 per year, renewable all four years, in recognition of their leadership, academic and extracurricular achievements.  A student’s academic merit scholarship may replace the Scouting scholarship if the student earns more than the minimum $15,000.

Prospective Students from Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Montgomery or Webster Counties in Mississippi

E.H. Sumners Grant - Ranging from $20,000 up to full tuition; renewable*
Submit admission application by postmark deadline February 1.

*Note: All renewable scholarships are contingent on meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award. The awards are renewable for three years, to a maximum total of four years of full-time enrollment at Millsaps College.

If an admitted student is eligible to be considered for multiple awards, the student will receive the award with the highest monetary value.

 

Millsaps Scholarships for Incoming Transfer Students

We value our transfer students so much that we offer guaranteed admission and scholarships to qualified transfer students who apply to Millsaps.

All admitted transfer students are guaranteed a $6,000 housing grant toward on-campus residence halls, and may receive merit scholarships ranging from $5,000-$15,000.

Transfer students with a 2.8 - 3.2 GPA and 30 transferable credit hours will receive guaranteed admission and a minimum TRANSFERmation scholarship award of $10,000.

Transfer students with a 3.21 – 4.0 GPA and 30 transferable credit hours will receive guaranteed admission and a minimum TRANSFERmation scholarship award of $15,000.

Domestic or international students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa (the community college and junior college honor society) also will receive a $2,000 scholarship in addition to their merit award.

*Note: If an admitted transfer student is eligible to be considered for multiple awards from the following list, the student will receive only the award with the highest monetary value: Second Century Scholarship, E.H. Sumners Grant, Tuition Exchange benefit, Staff/Faculty tuition benefit. Renewal of all scholarships is contingent upon meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award.

 

International Student Merit Scholarships

International students will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.  Below is the Millsaps’ international simplified scholarship selection system to help you estimate your scholarship. The student’s high school and/or college work is converted by Millsaps to a U.S. GPA on a 4.0 scale. The final award will be determined by additional criteria such as the rigor of a student's academic program and high school and/or college curriculum, leadership, extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, alumni/legacy relationships, institutional fit and demonstrated interest. No separate application is required for merit-based scholarships. Students may be eligible for artistic, musical or theatre talent. Need based aid is not available for international students through Millsaps College. Find out more about scholarships for new students on our Financial Aid pages.

Tier 1- $30,000 and up
International applicants with an equivalent 3.9 GPA or above will automatically be considered upon submission of a complete undergraduate application for admission.

Tier 2 - $23,000 - 28,000
International applicants with an equivalent 3.5-3.89 GPA will automatically be considered upon submission of a complete undergraduate application for admission.

Tier 3 - $16,000 - 23,000
International applicants with an equivalent 3.0-3.49 GPA will automatically be considered upon submission of a complete undergraduate application for admission.

Note: All renewable scholarships are contingent on meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award. Merit scholarships do not increase annually. The average increase in cost of attendance is estimated between 4 - 5% annually.

 

Need-Based Financial Aid

To apply for need-based financial aid, students must begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend completing this form as soon as possible after January 1, and before our priority financial aid filing date of March 1. Need-based aid recipients must reapply and requalify each year.

There are several types of need-based assistance for which you may demonstrate eligibility:

Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is a federal program available to families with low income. Pell Grants are valued from $574 - 5,645 per year. The maximum amount a student can receive is subject to federal appropriations.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This federal grant is available to students taking at least two courses, with exceptional financial need, and is valued from $200 - 4,000 per year. Awards are determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Federal Perkins Loan
A maximum of $20,000 is available for this undergraduate federal program. Repayment and accrual of interest begin at the rate of 5% nine months after the student completes study or drops below half-time status.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
$3,500 available for the first year of study, and a total of $23,000 available for the undergraduate program. Repayment begins six months after the student completes study or drops below half-time status.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Valued at the same amount as a Subsidized Loan, this program expands borrowing privileges to students who do not meet the income criteria for those loans. Terms and conditions are also the same as Subsidized Loans except that the borrower must pay the accrued interest each year.

Millsaps Need-Based Grants
Amounts vary, and may range from $500 - 10,000 per year. Awards are determined by the Office of Financial Aid, and eligibility must be reestablished each year

State Aid for Mississippi Residents
Applications and eligibility requirements for these and other state grants are available from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid at http://www.mississippi.edu/.

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant: $500 - $1,000

Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant: $2,500