University Bulletin 2018-2019

USA’s scholarship opportunities include four-year, renewable Freshman Scholarships for incoming traditional freshmen, one-year General Scholarships for new and current students, Transfer Scholarships, and Departmental Scholarships awarded by the various colleges and schools on campus. 

Students should visit the Office of Scholarship Services website, at, for a complete list of all scholarship opportunities and to access JagSPOT.

Students use JagSPOT – USA’s Scholarship Program Opportunity Tracker - to search for scholarships, complete applications, and accept/track offers.

All incoming students must complete the application process by December 1st to ensure consideration for general and departmental scholarships. Deadlines vary.

Scholarships are awarded using a variety of factors including academic achievement, departmental and community involvement, employment experience, areas of study, financial need, and several others. 

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.

Scholarships for Freshman Students

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

USA Freshman Admission Scholarships for First-Time Freshmen

All first-time freshmen who meet the USA Freshman Admission Scholarship Program requirements, funded by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, by December 1st will be guaranteed a scholarship award. USA Freshman Admission Scholarship Program levels can be viewed at Freshman Scholarships.

Abraham Mitchell Business Scholars Program

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.

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 e-mailed to students’ JagMail account.

For more information and qualifications visit the 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 Honors College

The University of South Alabama Honors College offers a curriculum of interdisciplinary excellence designed to stimulate the analytical and critical thinking of exceptionally qualified and highly motivated students. The USA Honors College challenges each student through discussion, research, creative scholarship, intercultural engagement and the arts in an effort to create the feel of a small college environment in the midst of the opportunities provided by a large urban university.

The USA Honors College provides its students with opportunities for scholarship support throughout their four years of enrollment. These scholarships are designed to foster student success and encourage students to participate in enhanced intellectual experiences.

A limited number of scholarships are awarded competitively and are eligible to students of the USA Honors College once admission is complete.  Additional scholarships may be available as the student progresses through the Honors College.

First-time freshman, who meet the December 1st priority deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT/SAT and have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA, will automatically receive the USA Freshman Admissions Scholarship that matches their profile. USA Honors College scholarships may be awarded in addition to this aid. 

Visit the USA Honors College website  to learn more information.

Scholarships for Community College Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships are awarded to incoming transfer students. Students accepted for admission must apply through the JagSPOT portal to receive consideration for Transfer Scholarships. To ensure maximum consideration, it is imperative students are knowledgeable of the specific requirements associated with all scholarships awarded.

More information can be viewed at Community College Transfer Scholarship.


Current, Incoming, and Transfer Students –
Other University Scholarship Opportunities

USA offers scholarships for its students at every academic level, many of which are based on a student's academic discipline, leadership, specific student interests. Students must fill out the General Scholarship Application within JagSPOT to be considered. The General Application allows students to be matched with potential scholarship opportunities. Awards and deadline dates vary.

You can view a complete list of scholarship opportunities at USA through the University A-Z or Departmental Scholarship Directories.

For more information, or assistance, please contact the Office of Scholarship Services:

Office: (251) 461-1958