Scholarships

A scholarship fund can be designated for any level of education, from preschool to postgraduate work.  Donors may designate a particular field of study, select eligibility requirements, and define a fund’s advisory committee.  Scholarships may be established as endowments or as “pass through” gifts.

Click on the county of your choice below to see available scholarships.

  • Alcorn County
  • Benton County
  • Calhoun County
  • Chickasaw County
  • Clay County
  • Itawamba County
  • Lafayette County
  • Lee County
  • Lowndes County
  • Marshall County
  • Monroe County
  • Oktibbeha County
  • Pontotoc County
  • Prentiss County
  • Tippah County
  • Tishomingo County
  • Union County
  • Hinds County
  • Yalobusha County
  • Tennessee

Deadline: 03/31/2021

To honor the memory of his wife who loved to teach, David Green established this fund for graduating seniors from Corinth and Alcorn County schools who major in Education at a Mississippi college or university. Kim taught for 20 years in the Alcorn County School System.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

The Benjamin and Corinne Pierce Foundation was established to help improve the quality of life of the people of Alcorn County. It was the desire of the late Ben Pierce, his wife, Corinne, and their children, Benjamin and Mary to set up a permanent charitable vehicle to help Corinth and Alcorn County become an even better place to live. The mission of the Foundation reads as follows:
The Mission of the Benjamin and Corinne Pierce Charitable Foundation is to improve the physical, intellectual, economic and spiritual quality of life for the people in Alcorn County. To accomplish this we are committed to support –

• Programs for At-Risk Children
• Personal Character Development
• Community Improvement Projects
• Economic Development

Deadline: 03/05/2021

The Owen B. Whitehurst Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by his son, Michael Whitehurst to honor the memory of his father, who was a true example of helping others. One scholarship of $500 will be given annually.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Thomas “Tom” Wayne Timms

Tom Timms was a flight paramedic with Air-Evac Lifeteam 58 and paramedic with MRHC for many years.

He was also a member of Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. The Tom Timms Memorial Scholarship was created to honor Tom and his love for the community. He faithfully fulfilled his pledge to preserve life and to disburden those who are suffering, all while he saved countless lives.

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Grateful alumni of Calhoun City High School established this endowment in memory of Miss Mallory, 1900-1994, who dedicated her life to her students in Calhoun City by motivating them to aspire to higher achievement. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Calhoun City High School, but isn’t given every year.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

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Joe F. Brigance

(January 9, 1923 – January 21, 1966)

Joe Brigance, affectionately known as “Coach Joe”, was born in Ellisville, Mississippi, graduated high school at Mt. Olive, and completed Mississippi College in three years. He came to Houston High School in 1948 as a teacher, football coach, and girls’ basketball coach. He coached the Topperettes until two years before Hodgkins disease claimed his life in January, 1966, at the age of 43.

Coach Joe served as a deacon, choir member, and teacher at Houston First Baptist Church. He was faithful – faithful to Christ, to his church, and to his assigned tasks. Coach Joe was full of love for Christ, the Bible, the church, his family, his associates, his students, and the work to which God had called him. He loved the things that are everlastingly right, pure, and honest, and his actions recalled the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, “. whosoever shall do and teach (these commandments) the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” To apply for this scholarship, students must be graduating seniors at Houston High School.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Coach James “Jimbo” Byars was a 1983 graduate of Aberdeen High School. After attending Itawamba Junior College on a baseball scholarship, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Secondary Education (Social Studies).

He taught various classes over his almost 20 years at Houlka, including 7th, 8th, and 9th grade history, economics, and driver’s ed. He also coached baseball for 16 years, softball for 7 years, football for 5 years, and track for 3 years, and kept the time clock for basketball games at Houlka High School for 15 years, until his untimely death in January, 2013. He was selected teacher of the year for the Chickasaw County School District in 2011 and Division 3-1A Baseball Coach of the Year in 1995, 2002, 2004, and 2007. He was 2010 Region 3-1A Track Coach of the Year. Under Coach Byars’ tutelage, the Houlka Wildcat Baseball Team won 5 division titles, and the 2004 team was Class 1A North Half Champions. His 2010 Girls Track Team was Division and Region Champions, and North Half State Runner-Up, and included 5 state champions.

Deadline: Please contact Girl Scouts Heart of the South

Established by the Alumni of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Mississippi’s Camp Tik-A-Witha to provide for scholarships to any girl who wants the opportunity to attend Camp Tik-A-Witha. For more information, please contact Girl Scouts Heart of the South.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

This scholarship was established in memory of Todd Hardin for a graduating senior at Houston High School exhibiting leadership with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The scholarship is a one-time award of $500.

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Established by PACE in memory of Elise Mobley, this scholarship is available to Houston High School graduating seniors with a minimum of 18 on their ACT.

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The Simpson Vickery Scholarship Fund was established by members of these two families to provide educational opportunities to Houston High School students to continue their education at a state four year institution. A scholarship is awarded in the amount of $6,700 per year (for up to four years) to cover tuition costs at a state university.

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This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at West Point High School who have attended for all four years. The winner must attend a college or university in the state of Mississippi and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. The scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Matt Posey

June 22, 1988 – June 4, 1991

Matt was the son of Dr. Halsey Dee Posey, Sr. and Lynne Young Posey, brother of Dr. Halsey Dee Posey, Jr., Kristina Posey Taylor, Ryan Kenneth Posey & wife Rebecca Perry Posey, and Reid Kendall Posey all of West Point.

With those beautiful blue eyes and that contagious big smile, he was always clutching a ball and ready to play. He never met a stranger and was loved dearly by all. In three brief years, Matt touched countless lives and will continue to do so through this scholarship.

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.

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Established by his wife in memory of Larry Brown, noted author from Lafayette County, the endowment provides annual awards to students at Lafayette High School who demonstrate talent in an area of the arts.

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This scholarship was established in honor of Claudia Ruth Castenir by her parents, Claude and Ruth Roebuck. The scholarship is for students enrolled in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi, who are planning to go into the field of special education. The scholarship fund is required to have a minimum balance before any scholarships are granted, so no scholarship is available through this fund at this time.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

To honor her passion for life and the performing arts, family and friends of Kayla Sue Mize established this endowment. Its primary purpose is to award scholarships to further the education of high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in performance, on-stage and off.

This award is available to students at Oxford and Lafayette County High Schools.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

The Rotary Club of Oxford Edwin Moak Jr. Scholarship program of the Oxford Rotary Club is dedicated to the memory of a courageous Oxford High School student who, in his short life, demonstrated superior qualities of positive values, scholarship, and leadership.

In recognition of Edwin Moak Jr.’s outstanding contributions as a role model, the Oxford Rotary Club provides an award each year promoting continuing education beyond high school. The Stipend is $4,000, payable at the rate of $1,000 per year for up to four years.

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Established in honor of Dr. and Mrs.Walter Bourland by their children to provide scholarships annually to residents of Northeast Mississippi who have been accepted to medical school. Preference is given to Lee County residents. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and score a minimum of 25 on the MCAT. $1,000 will be awarded each year.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bush, Jr. to honor the memory of Matilda Catherine Byrne and Jennings Pemble Field, parents of Katie Ruth Field Bush. This award is made annually to a graduating senior in Lee County. It is designed to reward the efforts of a senior student who has overcome various obstacles in life in order to graduate from high school, which may include disadvantages such as education, poverty, or physical handicaps.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Established by his sisters in memory of Russell and in honor of his parents, Jimmy and Pat Dorman, this fund helps graduating seniors who possess Russell’s unforgettable character and desire to succeed. This scholarship is open to graduating Tupelo High School seniors.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

This scholarship was established in memory of John Paul Frerer by his family. Two $10,000 scholarships will be given annually to graduating seniors at Tupelo High School. The student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, a minimum ACT of 20 and must attend a four year college. The scholarship will be paid $1,250 per semester, and the recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college to keep the scholarship.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

The Alliene Gibens “Be a Hero” Scholarship was established in 1994. It is the hope of her children that the recipients will be driven by a generous spirit and a compassionate heart to become a hero in their community. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Tupelo High School with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

This scholarship was established for students at Saltillo High School. There is a preference for those students who plan to go into the field of education. Applicants must attend college in Mississippi, have a minimum 2.75 GPA and have a minimum of 18 on their ACT.

Deadline: No current application available

Rowland Joyner was the inspiration for Doyce Deas to establish the Learning Skills Center in Tupelo to help not only Rowland, but other students with learning disabilities. After years of struggling with dyslexia and ADHD, he achieved a lifelong dream when he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America. In lieu of wedding gifts, Rowland and his wife Anastasia asked that gifts be made for the Learning Skills Center so that another child with learning disabilities could become academically competitive. For more information, please contact the Learning Center.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Numerous scholarships are given to graduating seniors in Lee County by the Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo. For more infomation, please contact the Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Established in memory of Jordan and his love of life, friends, the medical profession and most importantly, Jesus Christ. Jordan had many friends and touched many people during his lifetime. He graduated from Nettleton High School with special honors. He lettered in tennis, football, and baseball and received numerous academic awards and honors in high school including 2004 Nettleton High School Hall of Fame.

He was an active member of Nettleton First Baptist Church. His witty personality, contagious smile and great passion to follow Christ left incredible impressions in the hearts of those that were blessed to have known him. This scholarship will be awarded to students from Lee or Monroe County who are pursuing a degree in the medical field and who plan to attend college in the state of Mississippi.

This scholarship is open to any Lee or Monroe County graduating senior. To be eligible, the student must attend college or university in the state of Mississippi, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and major in a medical field. The award is a one-time payment of $1,000.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Established by Merchants & Farmers Bank, this fund honors the memory of Mr. Ingram and his years of service. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors at Tupelo High School who are planning to attend the University of Mississippi. The scholarship is a one-time award of $250.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

John Marchbanks and his wife Frances desired to help people overcome their problems, misfortunes, and handicaps, and to assist them in helping themselves to achieve better lives and become productive citizens. The Marchbanks left an $8.5 million gift to benefit Lee County. The fund makes grants every year, including scholarship grants to Shannon High School seniors

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Established by student leaders at Tupelo High School when Marilyn Monroe passed away, the endowment provides scholarships to students from Tupelo High School who enter the field of education.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

J.T. Neely, known as Pop to most, was a longtime supporter of softball and baseball. A familiar sight to all at the ballparks, committee meetings, and umpire training, Pop worked very hard to make sure people in the community had the very best. If anyone stepped out of line or a parent got rowdy, he was quick to utter his famous words “tighten up”. The J.T. Neely Softball Scholarship was started in 2002. It is a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship offered annually to a High School Senior girl who has played ball with Tupelo Parks and Recreation. Pop passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Ryan Pettit

July 7, 1987 – November 19, 2010

Ryan enjoyed people and had a contagious smile. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed playing sports, and in high school he competed in both baseball and football. Ryan attended Tupelo High School and Mooreville High School. He then attended Meridian Community College and the Nossi College of Art in Tennessee.

Ryan also loved the outdoors, whether he was on the water, at the beach, in the mountains, or just in his own back yard. He taught private swim lessons during high school. He lived in Colorado for a year and worked at a ski resort.

He was a hero in the eyes of his family and friends. He did not judge people – he saw them as individuals and as creations of God.

Ryan died at the young age of 23. During his short time on earth, he accomplished a lot and made a huge impact on many people.

This scholarship is for seniors at Tupelo High School or other area seniors who apply through Marty Pettit Photography.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Established by their children as a Christmas gift, the Mr. & Mrs. B.L. Rieves Scholarship Fund was permanently endowed in 2005. The fund provides scholarships to Tupelo High School seniors who may not be eligible for other scholarship funding.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Given in their memory by their children and their spouses, the Winifred and Mayfield Riley Travel Scholarship is given to a junior or senior at Nettleton High School who has demonstrated leadership potential and significant curiosity about learning through travel to foreign countries and who has a minimum 2.75 GPA.

This scholarship is given every other year. The student is given a scholarship for a foreign trip which will be taken with other area high school students.

Deadline: Currently not granting

Established by Mr. Schultz’s daughter, Dora Crudele, in memory of her father, a long-time director of the Tupelo High School Band. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating Tupelo High School band member who majors in music education. Currently, this fund is not granting scholarships.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Tyler was born December 4, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Tommy and Kristi Sloan and brother to Bailey and Madeline.

Tyler was a 2008 graduate of Saltillo High School. There he was an avid athlete, participating as a member of the baseball, football, and golf teams. Playing golf was his favorite pastime and he spent many hours on the course or the driving range at The Trace. In anything Tyler chose to do, academically or athletically, he always strove for excellence.

Tyler had a magnetic personality, such warm compassion for others and a smile that would light up any room. He had an obvious love for his family, his friends, and all who knew him, and this showed in everything he did. He touched many lives, of all ages, in his 20 years on earth and left an inspiring legacy to us all. He had a special magnetism to children, and he was drawn to them as well.

Paramount to the love he had for others was the love he had for his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was so deeply proud of his faith and never missed an opportunity to witness to his peers. To know Tyler was to know his love for and devotion to Christ. His favorite scripture verse is found in Psalms 27:1. It reads, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger – so why should I tremble?”

Tyler lived knowing that he could do or face anything with Jesus beside him. Now his new home is in Heaven, and he is smiling that smile he was so famous for, adding to the beauty and splendor that awaits us there.

This scholarship is for a graduating senior and athlete at Saltillo High School.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

The Gale Stauffer Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to preserve the memory of Gale Stauffer, a Tupelo police officer, who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving and protecting the citizens of Tupelo and Lee County. The fund also seeks to pay tribute to the men and women who serve Tupelo and Lee County as full-time state certified first responders in law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency services. Children of these first responders who are graduating from high school in Lee County are eligible to apply for scholarships from this fund. Up to $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded each year, with individual scholarships expected to range from $1,000 – $2,500 depending on the number of applications received.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Established by the estate of Frank B. Stubbs, a native of Baldwyn, this scholarship is awarded to graduates of Baldwyn High School. The award is a one-time $500 award paid directly to the selected winner’s college or university.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Established in 2003, this endowment provides scholarships to students from Tupelo and Lee County. For more information, please contact the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

The Karol Jean Voge Memorial Scholarship was established by friends and colleagues of Karol’s. It is a $500 scholarship given annually to a Tupelo High School senior who is attending Ole Miss. Education majors are given preference in the scholarship selection.

Deadline: No current application available

Presly Thornton Wallace, Jr.


September 28, 1989 – January 6, 2008

Presly Wallace attended Tupelo Public Schools in Tupelo, MS. He was an avid soccer player and a member of the Tupelo High School championship soccer team. Presly played soccer for the Tupelo Futbol Club, MS United and MS Fire Select teams, where he helped his teammates to capture state and international tournament championships. Presly was assistant coach for the TFC U-11 boy’s team, where his legacy continues to have a positive influence. He was chosen Volunteer of the Year by the Tupelo Sports Council for his volunteer work with TOPS soccer for handicapped citizens.

Presly was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. In the words of a Tupelo parent, “He loved God and it was shown in his life to those around him.” Presly’s life of 18 years touched many people. He always had a ready smile, an encouraging word and a huge caring heart.

Presly loved everyone and everyone loved Presly! The world is a better place because Presly Wallace has been here … and his love and work continues … he’s busy helping God take care of all of us now.

This scholarship is given to a senior soccer player at Tupelo High School.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

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Established by Lewis Whitfield in memory of his mother who devoted her life to helping others, this scholarship is awarded to a Tupelo High School graduating senior planning to attend Emory University, Mississippi State University, Texas A & M, Vanderbilt, or Yale University.

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Established in 1995, Rotary leaders continue to enjoy the simplicity of recommending scholarship awards for Amory students to use at the college of their choice. This scholarship is for Amory High School students. For more information about scholarship requirements, please contact the Amory Rotary Club.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

This scholarship is given in memory of Lee McCown to an Amory High School student who is attending Itawamba Community College. For more information on this scholarship, please contact the Amory Rotary Club.

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This scholarship is given in memory of Holace Morris to a worthy Amory High School graduating senior. For more information, please contact the Amory Rotary Club.

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This scholarship is given in honor of Ernest Cadden to an Amory High School graduating senior.

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Established by Sam Haskell in memory of his mother, Amory’s first school nurse practitioner, who dedicated her life to the children of Amory. This scholarship provides financial assistance to the students of Mississippi through 4-year college scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on achievements, academics, activities, and financial status. Scholarships are available to Amory High School seniors. To receive the scholarship, students must go to a public college or university in the state of Mississippi.

Deadline: 03/05/2021

Established in memory of Jordan and his love of life, friends, the medical profession and most importantly, Jesus Christ. Jordan had many friends and touched many people during his lifetime. He graduated from Nettleton High School with special honors. He lettered in tennis, football, and baseball and received numerous academic awards and honors in high school including 2004 Nettleton High School Hall of Fame.

He was an active member of Nettleton First Baptist Church. His witty personality, contagious smile and great passion to follow Christ left incredible impressions in the hearts of those that were blessed to have known him. This scholarship will be awarded to students from Lee or Monroe County who are pursuing a degree in the medical field and who plan to attend college in the state of Mississippi.

This scholarship is open to any Lee or Monroe County graduating senior. To be eligible, the student must attend college or university in the state of Mississippi, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and major in a medical field. The award is a one-time payment of $1,000.

Deadline: 03/31/2021

Given in their memory by their children and their spouses, the Winifred and Mayfield Riley Travel Scholarship is given to a junior or senior at Nettleton High School who has demonstrated leadership potential and significant curiosity about learning through travel to foreign countries and who has a minimum 2.75 GPA.

This scholarship is given every other year. The student is given a scholarship for a foreign trip which will be taken with other area high school students.

Deadline: Please contact your school counselor

Deadline: 03/31/2021

The Jim Williams Follow & Fight Memorial Scholarship will reward the efforts of a student who has demonstrated courage and developed the determination to persevere.
Having received a diagnosis of terminal melanoma in April 2012, Jim claimed the life motto Follow & Fight. His prognosis of three to six months to live turned into a courageous battle that lasted five years. Jim passed away on May 1, 2017.

Jim grew up in Amory and graduated from Amory High School in 1988 where he was a National Honor Society recipient, a Golden Panther, and a football, basketball, and baseball star athlete. Jim attended Itawamba Community College, earned a college football scholarship, graduated with honors, and received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Southern Mississippi. He then graduated Cum Laude from The University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Physical Therapy in 1994. In the fall of 2012, Jim was honored when the street between Amory High School’s football and baseball fields was named in his honor, “Jim Williams Drive.”

Everyone experiences adversity at some point in life, and Jim’s journey represents the resolve to persist through circumstances beyond anyone’s control. His legacy is one of faith and perseverance as he lived to follow and fight. Jim’s devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him great peace as he wrote his own obituary.

May Jim’s influence bless you with an attitude of hope, love, and encouragement throughout life’s challenges.

Follow & Fight
Deut. 31:6

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To honor her love for life and passion for higher education, the family and friends of Eva Ann Beasley Dorris established this endowment in her memory. This fund provides scholarships to certain junior and senior students at Mississippi State University who are in the field of Agricultural Information Science and Education and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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