must be fully admitted to qualify for scholarship opportunities.
You must be an active “Degree-Seeking” student to apply
for scholarship opportunities.
Make sure your major is current in your PAWS Account.
All scholarships require full-time status unless otherwise indicated.
To be considered for any need-based scholarships, you must have your
current FAFSA completed for the award year in which you are applying,
prior to the scholarship opportunity deadline to be considered.
A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for undergraduates and a minimum 3.0
GPA is required for graduate and professional students unless otherwise
indicated. GPA requirements vary.
If a LETTER OF REFERENCE is required, you will have 7 days
after the application deadline to make sure it is received for scholarship
Please be prepared to provide essays, e-mail addresses of individuals
who will be providing required reference letters or other documents that
may be required. These documents, excluding the letters of reference (see
above), must be uploaded to your online application by
the scholarship opportunity deadline. The application will state if letters
of reference, essays, etc. are required for a scholarship. All document
attachments become the property of JSU and will not be returned.
You will want to check JSU
Scholarships regularly as new scholarship opportunities are
added throughout the year. If you encounter problems or have questions
while using JSU
Scholarships, please view the If selected for a scholarship
award, award notification will be sent to your JSU E-mail or your current
mailing address as listed in PAWS. Students are encouraged to monitor
these sources for award information. If you are not selected you will
receive no such notice.
The following students are encouraged to access JSU
Entering Freshmen with no less than a 2.0 high school GPA who have
been FULLY admitted to Idaho State University as degree-seeking students.
New Transfer students with at least a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.0
who have been FULLY admitted to Jackson State University as degree-seeking
Continuing Undergraduate students, active in a JSU program, with at
least a cumulative JSU undergraduate GPA of 2.0.
Graduate students, active in a JSU graduate program, with at least
a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
You must be fully admitted and maintain full-time enrollment in a JSU
program to be eligible to receive JSU scholarship awards. A small handful
of scholarships allow less than full-time status and will be clearly indicated
as such in the description.
the Status of Scholarships in which you applied for in JSU
Scholarships, students can check the status of scholarships
in which they have applied to. Once logged into JSU Scholarships go to
the main page that shows your “general application”. Scroll
to the bottom and you will see the status of your scholarships within
that award cycle.
= Still in Review
Not Selected for Award = you were not chosen for the
award at this time
Awarded = you received an award. Instructions were e-mailed
to you, you need to click on this opportunity and accept your award, etc.
NO Log-In Access to JSU
For High School Counselors or others who would like to view a list of
available scholarship opportunities but DO NOT have JSU Scholarships log-in
capabilities, please visit: https://jsums.academicworks.com/
If you click on the opportunity you can view the requirements.
/// Specific questions regarding your admission
application should be directed as follows:
Graduate School Admissions:
New Graduate Students
**Incoming (first-time) Freshmen, Transfer, and
International Students should be fully admitted and activate
their NetID to log in to JSU
If you've been offered a scholarship from JSU or are to be the recipient
of an outside scholarship, you must read the information below:
/// Accepting Scholarships
Scholarships: Please refer to "How to Check
& Accept your Scholarships". In addition, scholarships in JSU
Scholarships require students to accept and complete all requirements
within one (1) month of the offer date. Students who do not meet this
deadline may have their scholarship cancelled and awarded to another
student. You cannot accept these in PAWS.
By Mail: Please refer to "How to Check & Accept your
Scholarships". If you receive an award letter in the mail, please
note the deadline date. You must return the required acceptance form
and/or thank you letter by the deadline or the scholarship will be cancelled
and awarded to another student. You cannot accept these in PAWS or JSU
Full-time Enrollment Requirement -- Most scholarships at JSU
require that a student carry a full-time credit load. That is defined
as registering for, and successfully completing, a minimum of 12 credits
each semester (24 credits per academic year) for undergraduates and
9 credits each semester (18 credits per academic year) for graduate
students, unless otherwise stated. Please note that
audit courses will not count toward meeting minimum credit requirements.
You must be registered at the full-time credit level at the time of
Scholarships are Part of Financial Aid -- When you receive
a scholarship (whether institutional funds or outside funds) at JSU,
it is considered part of your total Financial Aid package. It will be
counted as part of the aid you have available to meet the total cost
of education as determined by the Federal Financial Aid process. It
will not reduce any gift aid such as PELL Grant or State Grants, but
it may reduce loan or college work study amounts, depending on the individual
All scholarships have some minimum criteria -- The most common
are a minimum grade point average (GPA) and full time credit levels.
Some scholarships require maintenance of a certain major or other unique
criteria. Please read your award letter carefully and keep a copy of
the letter and/or acceptance form for your records. Minimum criteria
must be met before each new disbursal.
Limit of Institutional Scholarship Funding to Individual Students
-- JSU does not permit a student to receive institutional scholarships
in conjunction with other outside scholarships in excess of that student’s
cost of attendance (COA), unless otherwise allowed. If a combination
of all sources of aid exceeds the student’s COA, JSU will reduce
aid to keep the student within their COA. If federal funds are involved
the standard federal tolerance will be allowed. Federal guidelines to
reduce funds will be followed for students receiving federal funds.
We may ultimately need to reduce institutional scholarships as well.
(Scholarships have no impact on Pell Grant eligibility or amounts.)
Institutional scholarships awarded above a student’s Cost of Attendance
will be canceled and awarded to other deserving students. Figures are
based on estimated Cost of Attendance as determined by the JSU Financial
Aid Office. The COA is an estimated calculation of a student’s
tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation,
and personal expenses for the period of enrollment. The cost of attendance
is reviewed each year.
Calculated GPA -- When determining eligibility and/or renewal
for certain scholarships, JSU uses the Institutional (JSU) GPA for such
calculations; not the overall GPA.
Eligibility for Annual Renewal of Multi-Year Scholarships --
Students receiving multi-year scholarships are checked at the end of
the Spring semester to determine if they are eligible for continuation
of the award in the next academic year. We are checking to see if students
met minimum criteria while receiving the award during the current academic
year (successfully completed at least 15 credits each semester or 30
credits for the academic year, achieved the minimum GPA required, and
any other criteria outlined for the scholarship) . Please note that
repeated courses will not count toward meeting minimum credit requirements.
If a student has a deficiency (credits or GPA), we typically allow them
the summer to make up the deficiency. If you are a scholarship recipient
who may be in jeopardy of not meeting minimum criteria for your scholarship,
please contact the Scholarship Office to inquire about the consequences
and your options. When a student fails to meet all renewal criteria,
the award is cancelled and will no longer be available to the student.
Holding Scholarships -- Jackson State University will hold
students' scholarships if a student's attendance at JSU is interrupted
for medical reasons, military deployment, or other select reasons, provided
that a student meets certain criteria.
Outside Scholarships -- If you are receiving an outside scholarship,
it will be processed through the JSU Financial Aid Office. When we receive
a check for a student from an outside source, we will send you notification
of the scholarship (usually via your JSU e-mail or PAWS account) and
any minimum requirements. Please keep your e-mail address current so
notifications can reach you. Funds will then be loaded on the student's
behalf just like institutional scholarship awards. You may be asked
to come to the Financial Aid or Business Office to endorse a check as
some are made out to JSU and the student. Please do this as soon as
possible so funds can be processed in a timely manner. Outside awards
are also considered part of a student's total Financial Aid Package.
JSU Reserves the Right to Change a JSU
Scholarship Offer -- The JSU
Scholarship Office sometimes changes the funding source of JSU scholarships
which can result in changes to the name of a student's scholarship when
viewed on the PAWS web portal, and on the Financial Aid tab of PAWS
and other University documents. Such changes will NOT reduce the amount
of a student's scholarship, and in some cases, may actually result in
an increase to a student's scholarship amount. An example of this might
be: When a student is offered a Tuition Scholarship, in the event that
the tuition fee increases for the academic year your scholarship will
also increase. Feel free to contact the ISU Scholarship Office if you
have any questions or concerns about any changes to your scholarship.
Student Athletes Receiving Institutional Academic Scholarships
-- Student athletes who have been offered an academic scholarship should
discuss the award with their coach to determine whether or not the student
athlete can accept the award. Under NCAA rules, student athletes are
limited in the amount of institutional aid they can receive. Institutional
aid includes both athletic scholarships AND institutional academic scholarships.
How Scholarships are Disbursed -- If all of your requirements
have been completed on your "Scholarship Acceptance Form"
your aid will automatically distribute. If requirements have not been
met (i.e. Thank you letters to donors) your aid will not distribute
until this has been met. Please see the JSU Financial Aid Office.