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Office of National Scholarship Advisement
University of Mississippi

About ONSA

 

Who We Are

The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) supports the University of Mississippi’s mission to engage minds, transform lives, and serve others by helping students become effective citizen-scholars. ONSA helps eligible students, including University of Mississippi undergraduates and graduate students, find and apply for national competitive scholarships and fellowships that fund research, international study, professional development, or post-baccalaureate study. We provide advice and professional guidance throughout the application process and offer information and writing workshops as well as individual advising throughout the year.

 

What We Do

ONSA serves all undergraduate, graduate, and alumni students at the University of Mississippi and helps eligible students find and apply for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. If you are applying for any of our National Scholarships, we can help by providing

  • Guidance on the application process
  • Institutional endorsements (most prestigious scholarships require a support letter from ONSA)
  • Writing consultations and feedback for application essays and statements
  • Information sessions on our list of national scholarships and application processes
  • Writing workshops
  • Interview practice and preparation sessions

Students and alumni who are interested in applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships should first explore our Getting Started page, then schedule an appointment with an ONSA staff member using our Appointment Scheduler.

 

Meet the Staff in ONSA

Dr. Vivian Ibrahim

Director

Office of National Scholarship Advisement

Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

128 Barksdale Honors College

vibrahim@olemiss.edu

 

 

Dr. Whitney Woods

Assistant Director

Office of National Scholarship Advisement

Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

127 Barksdale Honors College

wdwoods@olemiss.edu

 

 

 

Want to Apply?

 

There are many things you can do to become competitive for such awards. It all starts with becoming engaged with your classes, your professors, and your community–starting your freshman year!

The key to a strong application is…START EARLY! Follow these steps to schedule your appointment!

STEP 1: Look through the Handbook or Website to identify potential awards.

  • Each award description in the handbook or website includes eligibility, a description, application procedures, and links to videos/webinars. 
  • Some awards identify “institutional endorsement required” or “institutional endorsement recommended”. In order to be endorsed by ONSA and the university of Mississippi you must have a complete application by the campus deadline.

STEP 2: Complete the Fellowship Interest Form (required)

STEP 3: Make an appointment with a Fellowship Advisor (strongly recommended)

STEP 4: If you apply for a national fellowship, you will need to complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (required)