Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

The University of South Alabama has one of the most comprehensive scholarship programs in Alabama and offers excellent opportunities to entering freshmen. The majority of USA students use a combination of scholarships, grants and loans.

Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative

 

Through the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, USA is proud to offer a variety of scholarship opportunities to qualified students. The University is committed to providing incoming freshman with access to an affordable college education.


​Some USA scholarships for incoming freshmen require an additional and separate application. Others are awarded automatically based on the materials in the undergraduate admission application.

To ensure consideration for Freshman Scholarships, incoming freshmen should apply for admission by the priority deadline of December 1st of their senior year.

▼   USA Board of Trustees Endowed Scholarship

The USA Board of Trustees Endowed Scholarship, developed on behalf of the USA Board of Trustees, was designed to provide funding to exceptionally qualified and highly motivated incoming USA Freshman scholars. One award is given each year to the incoming Freshman candidate with the highest ACT/SAT composite score and GPA combination (based on a 4.0 scale). This scholarship will be used to fund annual tuition, and is renewable for the first four years of the student’s undergraduate study - provided the student maintains the minimum requirements.

This scholarship will serve as a supplement to any other scholarships awarded, in order to give further distinction to the USA Board of Trustees Scholar program.

▼   USA Honors College 

The University of South Alabama Honors College is designed to help exceptionally capable and motivated students get the most out of their college experience. Through challenging coursework, meaningful research or other creative endeavors, and international experiences, it gives them the tools and opportunities to excel intellectually and academically. In short, it offers an Ivy-League education at a fraction of the price, right here on the Gulf Coast.

The USA Honors College scholarships are competitive and offer opportunities for enhanced community and intellectual experiences. The USA Honors College application will open on September 15th in JagSPOT. The priority deadline  to receive first and full consideration is December 15th. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis. 

For more information, please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/honors/. ​

Students receiving University scholarships will have the award credited to their tuition and fees due each semester. Annual University scholarships are split between Fall and Spring semesters.

Any awards or scholarships funded by USA are considered institutional aid. Some examples of institutional aid are admission-based scholarships, departmental awards, employee tuition assistance, housing benefits and athletic scholarships. USA reserves the right to adjust aid if a student receives multiple scholarship awards or exceeds the institutional maximum.

▼   Abraham Mitchell Scholars Program in Business

The Abraham Mitchell Business Scholars Program allows elite business students to develop to their full potential. Through faculty mentorship and a four-year scholarship that includes a laptop computer, scholars will pursue challenging programs while developing stewardship and civic responsibility.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 28 ACT Composite (or comparable SAT scores);
  • Minimum 3.5 high school grade-point average (as computed by the University of South Alabama);
  • Business major;
  • Mobile/Baldwin Counties and State of Alabama residents given preference.

After acceptance to USA, incoming first-time freshman majoring in the Mitchell College of Business will automatically be reviewed for the Abraham Mitchell Scholarship award. A scholarship award notification will be emailed to students’ JagMail account.

For more information visit Mitchell Scholars Program website.

Please note: Students who are awarded both a Mitchell Business Scholarship and a USA Freshman Admission Scholarship must choose which scholarship they wish to accept.

▼   USA Merit Scholarship

The USA Merit Scholarship is awarded to students who are National Merit Finalists through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Finalists who have been admitted to USA and have informed NMSC by the published deadlines that USA is their first choice will be considered. This award is $2,000/year, renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study- provided the student maintains the minimum requirements.

 
▼   USA Freshman Admission Scholarship Program

The USA Freshman Admission Scholarship Program is funded by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative.

All high school graduates, who have been admitted as first-time freshmen for the fall term and meet the USA Freshman Admission Scholarship Program requirements by the priority deadline date, will be guaranteed a scholarship. 

Priority Deadline- Fall 2018:
December 1, 2017  

Qualifications: 

  • Be a U. S. citizen, permanent resident, or in transitional visa status attending a U.S. High School;
  • Be an incoming first-time freshman;
  • High School GPA of at least 3.0;
  • An ACT composite score of 21 or above (or SAT equivalent). 

After acceptance to USA, incoming first-time freshmen will automatically be reviewed for the Freshman Admission awards. A scholarship award notification will be emailed to qualified students through their JagMail account.


In-State Award Opportunities: 

USA Presidential Scholarship: 

  • Requires a 33-36 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Award covers full cost of tuition* and provides a $2,000 USA Housing and Dining stipend per year over four years;
  • Student will also receive a one-time $2,000 study abroad experience award. 
USA Provost's Scholarship:
  • Requires a 32 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Award covers full cost of tuition* over four years;
  • Student will also receive a one-time $1,000 study abroad experience award.
USA Dean's Scholarship: 
  • Requires a 30-31 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $32,000 over four years ($8,000 per year). 
USA Faculty Scholarship:
  • Requires a 28-29 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).
USA University Scholarship: 
  • Requires a 24-27 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $14,000 over four years ($3,500 per year).
USA Achievement Scholarship: 
  • Requires a 23 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $10,000 over four years ($2,500 per year).
USA Bay Area Freshman Scholarship:
  • For students residing in Mobile or Baldwin counties in the state of Alabama and the service area counties in MS or FL.;
  • Requires a 21 or 22 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $1,500 for freshman year only.

*Tuition will be offered at the published Arts & Sciences rate up to 30 credit hours per academic year.

Renewable scholarships are awarded over four years or until a first bachelor's degree is earned, if prior to four years. 

Resident tuition rates apply to Alabama students, Mississippi students from George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry and Stone counties and Florida students from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. 


Out-of-State Award Opportunities: 

USA Presidential Scholarship:
  • Requires a 33-36 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Award covers full cost of resident tuition* and $3,000 towards non-resident tuition per year over four years;
  • Student will also receive a one-time $2,000 study abroad experience award.
USA Provost's Scholarship:
  • Requires a 32 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Award covers full cost of resident tuition* and $3,000 towards non-resident tuition per year over four years;
  • Student will also receive a one-time $1,000 study abroad experience award.
USA Dean's Scholarship:
  • Requires a 30-31 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Award covers full cost of resident tuition* and $3,000 towards non-resident tuition per year over four years.
USA Faculty Scholarship:
  • Requires a 28-29 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $40,000 over four years ($10,000 per year).
USA University Scholarship:
  • Requires a 24-27 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $28,000 over four years ($7,000 per year).
USA Achievement Scholarship:
  • Requires a 23 ACT or equivalent SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA for consideration;
  • Awarded at $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).

*Tuition will be offered at the published Arts & Sciences rate up to 30 credit hours per academic year.

Renewable scholarships are awarded over four years or until a first bachelor's degree is earned, if prior to four years.


Students who are admitted as first-time freshmen, are 22 years of age or younger, and have not attended another college or university after graduating high school will be automatically considered for the Freshman Admission-Life Experience Scholarship. The amounts of this award will be consistent with the Freshman Admission Scholarship levels above.

All students who have been awarded a USA Freshman Admission Scholarship will be reviewed throughout the year to see if an increase in test scores allows for a scholarship increase- as long as funds are available. Reviews will be done in October, December, March, May and July.

Students receiving University scholarships will have the award credited to their tuition and fees due each semester.  Annual University scholarships are split between Fall and Spring semesters.

Any awards or scholarships funded by USA are considered institutional aid. Some examples of institutional aid are admission-based scholarships, departmental awards, employee tuition assistance, housing benefits and athletic scholarships. USA reserves the right to adjust aid if a student receives multiple scholarship awards or exceeds the institutional maximum.


Additional Scholarship Options

Be sure to complete your General Scholarship Application within the JagSPOT portal to review your 'Recommended Opportunities'. You may also search through all University opportunities in the A-Z Scholarship Directory or the Departmental Scholarship Directory


NOTE: Be sure to check the scholarship list each year to review any new or updated opportunities. You must fill out a new General Scholarship Application each academic year to be eligible for current year opportunities. 

The University of South Alabama provides equal educational opportunities to and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex or qualified handicap/disability, with respect to all of its programs and activities.