MGCCC Academic Merit Scholarships

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College provides academic and residential scholarships for full-time students who are entering college for the first time and have a qualifying ACT composite score.*

To be eligible to receive an Academic Excellence Scholarship, students must:

  • Meet all admission requirements
  • Register for at least 15 credit hours per semester

*Superscores will not be used to award Academic Excellence Scholarships 

Application Process

There are no applications for these scholarships.

The appropriate Academic Excellence Scholarship will be automatically awarded to the student’s account after meeting all criteria listed below and registering for 15 credit hours.

Hours taken as a dual enrolled/dual credit high school student do not affect scholarship eligibility. The scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive semesters, including summer.

The Academic Excellence Scholarship cannot be stacked with the New Century Skills Scholarship. Academic Excellence Scholarships may be stacked with one additional institutional scholarship in all other categories (athletic, performance and service, honors, housing, etc.)

Academic Excellence Scholarship


ACT Composite Score* 29 and Above
Valedictorian** or Salutatorian**
25-28 21-24 18-20

Award Amount

$1,800*** per semester

$1,350 per semester

$900 per semester

$450 per semester

MGCCC Grade Point Average





*Superscores will not be used to award Academic Excellence Scholarships 

**Must show proof via official high school transcript

Academic Excellence Residential Scholarship


ACT Score 29 and above

Room Award Amount*

Board Award Amount*

$1,500 MAX per semester

$1,365 MAX per semester

MGCCC Grade Point Average



Academic Excellence scholarships are awarded to eligible students for up to four semesters. The scholarship amount is equally divided between the fall and spring semesters (with a summer semester option upon request). Students must maintain continuous enrollment of 15 or more credit hours and maintain the minimum required GPA as specified in the scholarship guidelines. Enrollment and GPA are reviewed at the end of each semester. Students are placed on probation during the first semester they fail to meet scholarship requirements. This probationary period is granted to allow the student time to regain eligibility. If the student does not regain eligibility within the probationary period, the scholarship is revoked.

All students have the right to appeal their scholarship status. Exceptions may be considered in cases of mitigating circumstances such as a death in the immediate family, personal injury, illness, etc. To appeal the loss of a scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Appeal Form and provide supporting documentation. Incomplete forms or forms submitted without supporting documentation will be denied.  If you need assistance with submission of your appeal form, please visit an Enrollment Services Center convenient to you.

Scholarship appeals are reviewed by the Dean of Student Services and must be submitted within the probationary semester or within the first month after the scholarship is revoked. For Fall semester appeals, the deadline for submission is August 31st, for Spring semester appeals, the deadline is January 31st, and for Summer semester appeals, the deadline is June 30th.

Answer Center Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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