Millsaps Premier Scholarship

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Are you an academic high performer? Are you looking for a competitive edge in employment? Do you want focused preparation geared toward admission to graduate programs and prestigious post-graduate fellowships?

Our Premier Scholarship offers our most competitive package for our most promising students. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and fees at Millsaps.

In addition to the financial award, each of the 16 Premier Scholarships provide you with a community of distinguished, highly motivated peers. Over four years, you will share experiences that enrich your education and prepare you for focused achievements in scholarship or service.

Together, you will take part in an honors-level course track as well as community exploration and engagement. You will connect with interests, strengths and networks curated for your personal and professional development.

As part of your scholarship, you are guaranteed support for an experiential learning opportunity. This includes study abroad, paid internships, paid research assistantships, or a summer stipend to support fellowship programs.

Millsaps also helps you level-up with our Pathways program. This four-year program is integrated into the curriculum. Pathways puts you in the driver’s seat for career exploration and allows you to connect your interests through academics, relationships and experiences.


Our students and faculty have been selected for 28 Fulbright Fellowships, seven Rhodes Scholarships, six Goldwater Scholarships, two Truman Scholarships, one Schwarzman Scholarship and one Udall Scholarship.

Student for student, Millsaps is the strongest school in Mississippi for national awards. In fact, our students have received more prestigious awards per capita than many top 20 liberal arts colleges ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Millsaps sets students up for extraordinary success in the pursuit of prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities and in their professional lives . We not only prepare you for a successful career — we help you discover who you want to be.

Calling all Creative Thinkers, Solutions Finders & Future Changemakers.

At Millsaps, we provide opportunities to nurture these traits. If you place high value on social justice, freedom of thought and reflecting on life’s questions, then Millsaps is the place for you.

You will belong to a community of dedicated faculty, staff and alumni who seek to challenge perspectives, find purpose and support each other in both career and life. You’ll achieve this through experiential learning where you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in the world.

You’ll be equipped to:

  • Step into prestigious post-graduate programs
  • Achieve great professional outcomes
  • Create community impact

Our beautiful, 100-acre campus is tucked away in the heart of Mississippi’s capital city of Jackson. This prime location by the state’s premier research hospital and our state capital allows you to take advantage of highly sought after internships and research experiences.

Major Benefits for Premier Scholars.

As a Premier Scholar, you will receive educational enrichment opportunities including:

  • A shared first-year curriculum with other Premier Scholars
  • A sophomore experience to prepare for the Honors Program
  • A Vocation Ethics and Society capstone project
  • Focused preparation for prestigious post-graduate fellowships
  • Guaranteed support for at least one experiential learning opportunity such as study abroad, paid internship, paid research experience, or a stipend for summer fellowship programs

You will be placed into a group of students who share similar interests. Your group will be housed in living/learning communities to provide active, interactive and dynamic settings to grow and thrive.

As a Premier Scholar, you will have a faculty/staff mentor and benefit from the built-in support systems that come from living and working with outstanding peers.

Dates & Deadlines

September 1, 2023

Scholarship application opens

December 31, 2023

Final day to submit all application materials

January 15, 2024

Finalists notified and invited to attend Scholars Weekend for final review

February 2-3, 2024

Scholars Weekend

February 9, 2024

Premier Scholar recipients notified

March 1, 2024

Scholarship acceptance deadline

Become a Millsaps Premier Scholar.

Application Requirements

You should have an unweighted minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT score of 28 or 1300 on the SAT. A complete application for the Premier Scholarship includes the following:

  • Standard Millsaps application for admission
  • Premier Scholarship Application comprised of the following:
    • Two (2) short essay responses to provided prompts. Essays must be between 500 and 700 words.
    • (2) Letters of recommendation. One should be from a teacher, counselor or principal; one should be from a coach, an employer, or a mentor. Letters should not come from a relative.
    • Optional portfolio of work demonstrating your achievements in relevant areas (academic, artistic, performative, leadership, etc.).

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