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Mississippi College offers full tuition scholarship to new in-state students

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Mississippi College has announced plans to offer a full tuition scholarship to all in-state high schoolers and transfer students admitted for an undergraduate degree program in the fall semester of 2023.

The Leland Speed scholarship, which has been named in honor of the longest-serving board member in the school’s history, will cover tuition costs for the eligible students for four years after all federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships are applied.

“I’m not sure everybody fully understood what I announced when I first said it,” Mississippi College President Dr. Blake Thompson explained. “Leland Speed has made it possible for anybody in the state of Mississippi that is admitted to Mississippi College to come here with a full tuition scholarship.”

Speed served for more than four decades as a member of the school’s Board of Trustees before his death in January 2021. He also held the position of executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority under Governor Haley Barbour.

Those who receive the scholarship will only be required to pay the final costs for room, board, and fees that are not covered by additional scholarships and outside grants.

To qualify, a student must:

  1. Be a resident of Mississippi.
  2. Be admitted to MC by December 1, 2022.
  3. Pay the housing application fee of $200 by January 23, 2023.
  4. Live on campus in an MC residence hall.
  5. Fill out the federal and state aid applications.

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