Scholarships for Freshman Students

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. Students are encouraged to apply early for all scholarship assistance. 

Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative

 

Under the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, USA offers several scholarship levels based on standardized test scores, high school GPA and area of study.

Please Note: All required supporting documents, such as transcripts and test scores, should be received and processed by the University prior to the scholarship deadline in order to be considered.

The University’s largest scholarship programs for academic achievement are:

 
▼   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 scholarship 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. Any balance from scholarships may be used to pay for associated academic costs such as books at the USA Bookstore, USA Housing and USA Food Service. 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 Presidential 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.

▼   Presidential Scholarships for First Time Freshmen

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.

All fall 2016 and spring 2017 high school graduates who have been admitted as a first time freshman for the fall term and meet the Presidential Scholarship requirements by December 1st will be guaranteed a scholarship.  Students who graduate in the fall and enroll in the spring term at USA are eligible to receive the scholarship starting in the spring term.

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 Presidential Life Experience Scholarship. The amounts of this award are consistent with the Presidential Scholarship levels.

The Presidential Scholarship program is funded by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative.

Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for scholarship upon admission to the University.

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 23 or above (or SAT equivalent).

Award Opportunities:

ACT 
Composite 
Score
SAT Equivalent|
(SAT Critical
Reading + Math) If taken earlier than March 2016
SAT Equivalent|
(Evidence Based Reading/Writing + Math)
If taken March 2016 or after
Minimum
High School 
GPA
Annual Amount 4 Year
Total Amount
33 or higher 1440 or higher 1490 or higher 3.5 $11,000 $44,000
32 1400-1430 1450-1480 3.5 $9,000 $36,000
30-31 1330-1390 1390-1440 3.5 $8,000 $32,000
28-29 1250-1320 1310-1380 3.5 $5,000 $20,000
24-27 1090-1240 1160-1300 3.0 $3,500 $14,000
23 1050-1080 1130-1150 3.0 $2,500 $10,000

 

After acceptance to USA, incoming first-time freshman will automatically be reviewed for the Presidential Scholarship award. A scholarship award notification will be emailed to students through their JagMail account.

All students who have been awarded a Bay Area or Presidential 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. Any balance from scholarships may be used to pay for associated academic costs such as books at the USA Bookstore, USA Housing and USA Food Service. 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.

▼   Presidential Scholarships for First Time Out-of-State Freshmen

All fall 2016 and spring 2017 high school graduates who have been admitted as a first time freshman for the fall term and meet the Presidential Scholarship requirements by December 1st will be guaranteed a scholarship.  Students who graduate in the fall and enroll in the spring term at USA are eligible to receive the scholarship starting in the spring term.

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 Presidential Life Experience Scholarship. The amounts of this award are consistent with the Presidential Scholarship levels.

The Presidential Scholarship program is funded by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative.

Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for scholarship upon admission to the University.

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 23 or above (or SAT equivalent).

Award Opportunities:

ACT 
Composite 
Score
SAT Equivalent|
(SAT Critical
Reading + Math) If taken Prior to March 2016
SAT Equivalent|
(Evidence Based Reading/Writing + Math)
If taken March 2016 or after
Minimum
High School 
GPA
Annual Amount 4 Year
Total Amount
30+ 1330+ 1390+ 3.5 $12,000 $48,000
28-29 1250-1320 1310-1380 3.5 $10,000 $40,000
24-27 1090-1240 1160-1300 3.0 $7,000 $28,000
23 1050-1080 1130-1150 3.0 $5,000 $20,000

 

After acceptance to USA, incoming first-time freshman will automatically be reviewed for the Presidential Scholarship award. A scholarship award notification will be emailed to students through their JagMail account.

All students who have been awarded a Bay Area or Presidential 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. Any balance from scholarships may be used to pay for associated academic costs such as books at the USA Bookstore, USA Housing and USA Food Service. 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.

*Students who reside in USA's Service Area in Florida (Escambia, Santa Rosa counties) or Mississippi (George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Stone counties) qualify for USA's in-state tuition and scholarships.

▼   Bay Area Freshman Scholarships for 2017 High School Graduates

All 2017 high school graduates who have been admitted as a first time freshman for the Fall term and meet the Bay Area Freshman Scholarship requirements by December 1st, will be guaranteed a scholarship. The Bay Area Freshman Scholarship is funded by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative.

Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for scholarship upon admission to the University.

Qualifications:

  • Resident of Mobile or Baldwin counties in Alabama or Service Areas in Florida (Escambia, Santa Rosa counties) or Mississippi (George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Stone counties);
  • Be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be an incoming first-time freshman;
  • Apply for admission to the University of South Alabama by December 1st;
  • High School GPA of at least a 3.0;
  • An ACT composite score of a 21 or 22 (or SAT equivalent).
ACT Composite Score SAT Equivalent
(SAT Critical
Reading + Math)
if taken before March 2016
SAT Equivalent
(Evidence Based Reading/Writing + Math)
if taken March 2016 or after
Minimum
High School GPA
Scholarship Amount
(Freshman Year Only)
Residency Requirement
21-22 980-1040 1060-1120 3.0 $1,500 freshman year only Mobile or Baldwin counties in Alabama; Services Areas in Florida or Mississippi

 

After acceptance to USA, incoming first-time freshman will automatically be reviewed for the Bay Area Freshman Scholarship award. A scholarship award notification will be emailed to students through their JagMail account.

All students who have been awarded a Bay Area or Presidential 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. Any balance from scholarships may be used to pay for associated academic costs such as books at the USA Bookstore, USA Housing and USA Food Service. 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.