EMCC Scholarships and Assistance
East Mississippi Community College offers many kinds of scholarships to qualified students to help cover the cost of attendance.
- Applicants applying for other EMCC scholarships, outlined below, should also complete an
EMCC Scholarship Application; do this as soon as possible because funding is limited.
- Read carefully to see if the scholarship you're interested in has specific requirements.
- Tuition Guarantee: EMCC offers a tuition guarantee program to high school graduates who are residents of its six-county district -- Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale. Briefly stated, it means qualified students can attend EMCC tuition-free. Incoming students must apply for all the federal and state aid, and EMCC scholarships, for which they are eligible. If there's still a shortfall, and the student owes money, the tuition guarantee program steps in and pays the balance. For details, visit this link.
- If you have questions about any of these scholarships, call the Financial Aid Office. At the Golden Triangle campus, the number is (662) 243-2602. In Scooba, it's (662) 476-5079.
East Mississippi Community College awards scholarships in recognition of demonstrated scholastic merit. Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis to full-time students from Mississippi enrolling in
the fall semester at any EMCC Campus. Scholarship students must enroll in at least 15 credit hours every semester and maintain the minimum standards required to retain their awards. In the event scholarship awards exceed direct costs for which the scholarship is intended, no refunds will be issued.
Call the Financial Aid office for details, dollar amounts and complete eligibility requirements for scholarships listed below.
- Visual Art: These scholarships are awarded through portfolio reviews of students' artwork. A 2.50
cumulative GPA must be maintained at EMCC. Participation in all art department activities is required.
- High School Valedictory/Salutatory Scholarships: Valedictorians and salutatorians from
anywhere in Mississippi are eligible for these awards. In addition to being named valedictorian or salutatorian, the recipient must maintain a college grade point average of at least 3.00.
ACT Scholarships: These scholarships are available to Mississippi residents who enroll full-time in an academic emphasis or career-technical program at any EMCC campus. The scholarship is awarded for four (4) semesters, excluding the summer terms. A 2.50 cumulative grade point average must be maintained for ACT Scores of 15 to 27, and 3.00 for ACT Scores of 28 or above.
ACT scholarship amounts are as follows: 1) Score of 15-20 = $200.00 per semester; 2) Score of 21-27 = All tuition plus $600 toward books per semester; and 3) Score of 28-36 = All tuition and all books (commuter student) or room and board (residential student) per semester.
Notes: 1) Students receiving any institutional scholarship must enroll in at least 15 credit hours every semester; and 2) EMCC will accept the highest composite ACT score achieved until the student enrolls full-time at EMCC.
- Academic Emphasis, Career-Technical Scholarships: Each emphasis or program may have institutional scholarships available to full-time students showing promise in that field of
study. These scholarships are recommended by the division heads and should be applied for by Aug. 1 preceding enrollment in the fall. Recipients of this scholarship must maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA.
- TIC Welding Scholarships: This scholarship may be offered to incoming freshmen, full-time students enrolled in the welding program on either the Golden Triangle or Scooba Campus. In order to receive the award for a second semester, a 2.5 GPA or better must be maintained. The student may reapply for the scholarship for use in continuing into the Associate's Degree program.
- Employee/Employee Dependent Scholarship: Full-time EMCC employees and their dependents are eligible to apply for tuition scholarships. Non-credit courses are not eligible. Click here for application form, which must be completed for each term of enrollment.
Memorial and Other Scholarships:
East Mississippi Community College awards a grant-in-aid to a student on the basis of need and/or because the student demonstrates an ability worthy of development for the good of the college, its environment or the student.
- Stennis Little Memorial Fund: This fund was established by Mr. James C. Windham as a perpetual
memorial to the late Stennis Little, who coached Mr. Windham at East Mississippi Community College. Proceeds of this fund are used to assist students showing special financial need. A 2.50 cumulative GPA must be maintained. To apply, a student can receive an application from the Financial Aid Office on the Scooba campus.
- Duff Brock Memorial: This scholarship is limited to the Golden Triangle campus only. You must be an Electrical Technology student and be recommended by an Electrical Technology instructor. A 2.50 cumulative GPA must be maintained.
- Joseph Grady Hopper Memorial Grant: This grant was established through the EMCC Foundation in memory of Joseph G. Hopper, a former student at EMCC. Applicants must have a composite score of 21 on the ACT and have a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Applicants must possess qualities in leadership, character and academic excellence and must be involved in extra-curricular activities while in school.
- Edna Harbour Holloway Scholarship: This scholarship goes each year to the “outstanding sophomore student in English Literature” to be used toward his or her expenses at the university of the student’s choice.
- Mississippi Association of County Supervisors Scholarship: This fund was established by the State Association of County Supervisors as a scholarship to recognize good character, academic excellence, leadership potential and future promise. This scholarship is available to freshmen from the EMCC district. The awarding of this scholarship rotates among the six counties comprising EMCC’s district (Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale counties). A 2.5 GPA is required.
- Columbus Air Force Base Award: This scholarship is given each graduate from the Community College of the Air Force graduation. Each graduate will be awarded free tuition for a three-hour course to be used during the next two semesters. Students must complete an EMCC scholarship application to receive this award.
- Public Relations Scholarship: This scholarship is limited to the Scooba campus only. These are awarded on the recommendation of the Public Relations director and an interview. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained.
- Employees and Dependents: Employees and dependents will be awarded a grant to cover matriculation fees. For the purpose of this waiver of fees, “dependents” shall be defined as the spouse and/or dependent children residing in the home of the employee.
- America's Junior Miss Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to the Junior Miss and the first and second alternates in each county of the EMCC district (Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale counties). This is a one-year award.
- Ray Gildon Excellence in Automotive Technology Scholarship: This scholarship, established by Jimmy and Pam Galloway, honors the memory of Mr. Ray Gildon, who worked as a mechanic for the Lowndes County School District for many years. It is awarded in the fall to a Automotive Technology student at EMCC's Golden Triangle campus.
- Rick Young Eliminating Barriers to Education Scholarship: This scholarship was established by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young's wife, Melinda, and his children, Russell and Jean, to honor Dr. Young's nearly four decades of leadership at EMCC.
- Oneta P. Baker Scholarship: This scholarship was established as an endowed fund by Ms. Oneta Baker. A scholarship is awarded yearly to a currently enrolled student working toward and Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. Financial need is a consideration and a 3.00 GPA is required.
- Bellsouth Endowed Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was established as an endowed fund by Bellsouth Telecommunications, Incorporated. Three scholarships are awarded yearly to currently enrolled students working toward associate degrees or certificates. Applicants must have a 3.00 GPA and show evidence of financial need.
- Bessie Duke Carter and Annie Haughey Carter Morgan Music Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was established as an endowed fun by the Carter and Morgan families. A scholarship is awarded yearly to an entering freshman who shows evidence of an ACT of 18 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher with plans to major in music.
- T.L. Cloar Jr. Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was established as an endowed fund by Mr. T.J. Cloar Jr. A scholarship is awarded yearly to a currently enrolled student working toward an associate degree or certificate. Applicants must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and show evidence of financial need.
- Dennis D. and Leola K. Cowart Nursing Scholarship: This scholarship was established as an endowed fund by members of the Cowart Family. A scholarship is awarded yearly to a currently enrolled student in one of the nursing programs offered at EMCC. Award selection is based on financial need and academic performance.
- Hope Dulaney Meacham Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established as an endowed fund by Mr. John Meacham Jr. A scholarship is awarded yearly to a currently enrolled student working toward an associate degree or certificate. Financial need and academic performance are considered. Mississippi residence is required.
- Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (MOADN) Scholarship: This scholarship was established as an endowed fund by MOADN (Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing). Enrollment in the Associate Degree Program in Nursing is required. Students must present evidence of a 3.00 GPA and financial need.
- Madie Peden Light Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is an endowed fund established by Ms. Margaret P. Light in memory of her mother, Mrs. Madie P. Light. An award is made yearly to a sophomore level student working toward an associate degree. Financial need, Mississippi residence and a 2.50 GPA are required for consideration.
- Pilot Club of Columbus Scholarship: This scholarship is an endowed fund established by the Pilot Club of Columbus. A scholarship is awarded annually to an entering freshman interested in a career relating to brain disorders and disabilities. Lowndes County residence is required and the scholarship is available on the Golden Triangle campus. Financial need and high school GPA are considered in the selection process.
- Shaku Shaunak Vasudeva Manufacturing Excellence Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Shaunak Family as an annual award to an entering freshman or currently enrolled student. Financial need and a 3.00 GPA are required. Applicants must express their reasons/career goals in writing for entering the Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering area and why this scholarship is important to their success.
- Band: These scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the band director. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For more information, contact the band director.
- Cheerleader: These scholarships are awarded through tryouts and selection by a panel of judges. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For more information, contact the cheerleader sponsor.
- Athletic: All athletic scholarships are awarded by respective coaches in football, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, rodeo and golf. Athletes must meet the eligibility requirements of EMCC and the Mississippi Community and Junior College Athletic Association.
- Student Ambassador: These scholarships are awarded to select student representatives who participate in recruiting and public functions on behalf of the college. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For more information, contact the campus recruiters.
- Reflections, Music Ensemble: These vocal and instrumental scholarships are recommended by the director of Choral Activities and may be awarded following tryouts, auditions or interviews.
- Choral: These scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the director of choral activities. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For information, contact the choral director.
- The Collegian Newspaper: These scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of The Collegian sponsor. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For more information, contact The Collegian sponsor.
- The Lion yearbook: These scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the teacher (high school or college instructor) and an interview. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For more information, contact the yearbook sponsor.
- Syzygy Literary Magazine: These scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the SYZYGY sponsor. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. For more information, contact the SYZYGY sponsor.
- Speech/Drama – These scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the Speech/Drama coordinator and an audition. A 2.00 cumulative GPA must be maintained. Students enrolled in Drama Production should be prepared to attend auditions, rehearsals and performances at times other than regularly scheduled class meetings. For more information, contact the Speech/Drama coordinator.
Other Types of Assistance:
- Vocational Rehabilitation: Students with certain disabilities may obtain grants-in-aid to cover
matriculation fees plus books and supplies through the Division of Services of Vocational Rehabilitation. Students who believe they might qualify for this aid may obtain further information by contacting the Director of Vocational Rehabilitation in their area.
- Veterans Assistance: EMCC maintains a Veterans Office in the Office of Financial Aid. Eligible veterans are entitled to benefits which are reflected in the amount of military time served, years of service, number of dependents, type of discharge, and many other factors. Veterans who are interested in claiming benefits under the G.I. Bill should contact the Office of Financial Aid at EMCC. For a schedule of the amounts of the various scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office at: EMCC Scooba Campus, P.O. Box 158, Scooba MS 39358; or EMCC Golden Triangle campus, P.O. Box 100, Mayhew MS 39753.
- Dislocated Workers: Dislocated workers may be eligible for short- or long-term education and training funds. For more information, contact the local WIN Job Center.