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Scholarships for New Students

 

Scholarships for New Students | Millsaps Referral Scholarship | Millsaps Legacy Scholarship
Music Performing Arts and Visual Arts Scholarships
| United Methodist 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 | Business, Pre-Medical Studies, Science & Pre-Ministerial Scholarships

 

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).

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, the table below allows you to use your grades and ACT (or SAT) score to estimate your merit scholarship range. Within each 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.

For new, entering, domestic freshmen applicants only. The matrix below does NOT include additional awards for students with artistic, musical, or theatre talent, or for students awarded need based financial aid after filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The matrix scholarship ranges DO include Alumni Referral/Legacy Scholarships. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships may be awarded each year.

Scholarship matrix applicable to new freshmen students entering fall 2015

Here are some examples:

  • A student with a 3.80 GPA and a 29 ACT score, with strong leadership in extracurricular activities and a parent who attended Millsaps, would receive $24,000 per year in merit scholarship, plus a $2,000 legacy scholarship, and may be eligible for additional need-based awards, if they complete the FAFSA.

  • A student with a 3.20 GPA and a 21 ACT score, with only a few extracurricular activities would receive $15,000 per year in merit scholarship, and may be eligible for additional need-based awards, if they complete the FAFSA.

  • A student with a 3.60 and a 26 ACT score, with strong recommendation letters and moderate extracurricular involvement, would receive $23,000 per year in merit 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 Referral Scholarship

Members of the Millsaps community (including alumni, faculty, staff, and students) are encouraged to refer prospective students to apply to Millsaps.  If a Student Referral Form is completed and returned before the student submits their application from to the College (and by admission application deadlines), the student will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship at the time of admission. The aim of this program is to increase applications, and as such, referral forms submitted after a student's admission decision will not be considered. Students may be awarded either a Millsaps Referral Scholarship OR a Legacy Scholarship, but not both. Click here for Millsaps Referral Scholarship FAQ.

 

Millsaps Legacy Scholarship

Millsaps values its legacy students who carry on a family tradition of attending the College. Any student who 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 $2,000 scholarship. 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. Students may be awarded either an Millsaps Referral Scholarship OR a Legacy Scholarship, but not both. Click here for Legacy Scholarship FAQ.

Highly qualified applicants may be considered for scholarships for students interested in Business, Pre-Medical Studies, Science & Pre-Ministerial Scholarships. No special applications are required for these awards, as all students in these programs may be considered. These awards may be included as part of the scholarship matrix above, up to $3,000 renewable* each year. These awards are for students intending to major in programs related to business, medicine, or ministry and are based on students' demonstrated academic excellence.

Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts who have earned Gold Award status admitted to Millsaps College will receive a minimum total scholarship package of $60,000 ($15,000 per year, renewable all four year), in recognition of their leadership, academic and extracurricular achievements.

 

Music, Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

Distinguished Merit in Art Scholarships 
These scholarships are awarded to students who are interested in majoring in art. These scholarships will be awarded based on an on-campus portfolio review or an interview. Interested students should apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Arts Scholars Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.

Distinguished Merit in Art History Scholarships 
These scholarships are awarded to students who are interested in majoring in art history. These scholarships will be awarded based on an on-campus portfolio review or an interview. Interested students should apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Arts Scholars Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.

Music Artistic Merit Scholarships
These audition based scholarships recognize students who excel in the music field, through voice, piano, organ, or another instrument and have high potential for making a significant contribution to music at Millsaps. Minimum requirements for continuing the scholarships are 1) participation each semester in Singers or other major performance ensemble and 2) a major in music, or a minor in music, or a concentration in music performance. An on campus audition is required of all applicants. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Find out more about preparing an audition.

Music Ensemble Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to students who would like to participate in music while at Millsaps, but do not plan on majoring in music. An on campus audition is required of all applicants. Interested students should apply for admissions by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Renewal is contingent upon continual membership in Singers or other major performance ensemble. Candidates should visit the Arts Scholars Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.

Jonathan Sweat Music Scholarships - $2,000 to $4,000 renewable*
These scholarships are awarded to students who commit to a major in music. Named for emeritus professor Dr. Jonathan Sweat, these scholarships recognize students who demonstrate extraordinary potential to excel in music performance. Renewal is contingent upon a successful student record of quality performance at Millsaps College. Requires audition on Arts Scholars Audition days.

Distinguished Merit in Theatre Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate the potential to significantly contribute to the Theatre Department. An on campus audition is required of all applicants. Interested students should apply for admissions by the Early Action Deadline of December 1. Candidates should visit the Arts Scholars Audition page to obtain specific requirements for the audition.

 

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.

John Wesley Scholarship
The John Wesley Scholarship provides half the total cost of tuition, fees, and room and board (based on the student's first year costs). This scholarship is awarded to United Methodist students, admitted to Millsaps College, who have a completed admissions application by December 1 and who have an ACT score of 26 or above (1170 SAT) with a minimum GPA of 3.5. To apply for Wesley Scholarship, a recommendation letter verifying church membership should be sent from the student's Minister or Youth Minister by December 1. 

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 March 1 deadline. Several competitive scholarships with varied amounts are available. Application information available at www.millsaps.edu/finaid.

 

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

E.H. Sumners Grant - 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 accepted student is eligible to be considered for multiple awards from the following list, the student will receive the award with the highest monetary value: Presidential Scholar, Second Century Scholar, Millsaps Award, Music Artistic Merit Scholarship, Millsaps Studio Art Scholarship, Millsaps Art History Scholarship, E. H. Sumners Grant, Millsaps Methodist Merit Scholarships, Tuition-Exchange Benefit and Staff/Faculty Tuition Benefit.

 

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.

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 accepted 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, including full-tuition awards. Criteria for partial scholarships are outlined below:

Tier 1- $22,000-25,000 annually renewable*
Millsaps College will offer a number of International Student Merit Scholarships to international students applying as freshman or transfer students. International applicants with a 3.5 GPA or above will automatically be considered upon submission of a complete undergraduate application for admission. No separate application is required. The award of $22,000-25,000 per year is renewable for four years of undergraduate study if the student meets eligibility criteria.

Tier 2 - $15,000-19,000 annually renewable*
Millsaps College will offer a number of International Student Merit Scholarships to international students applying as freshman or transfer students. International applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above will automatically be considered upon submission of a complete undergraduate application for admission. No separate application is required. The award of $15,000-19,000 per year is renewable for four years of undergraduate study if the student meets eligibility criteria.

*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 and do not increase. Average increase in cost of attendance is estimated at 5%.

 

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

 

Business, Pre-Medical Studies, Science & Pre-Ministerial Scholarships

Up to $3,000 renewable*
These awards are for students intending to major in programs related to business, medicine, or the ministry and are based on students' demonstrated academic excellence.

Charles and Eloise Else Scholars Program - $3,000 renewable*
Submit admission application by postmark deadline February 1.