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MC Select Scholars Competition

Incoming freshmen with a 27 or higher ACT or 1260 or higher SAT may compete for additional scholarships.

2021 MC Select Scholars Competition

Entering freshmen with a score of 27 or higher on their ACT or 1260 or higher on their SAT are considered Select Scholars at Mississippi College - recipients of the highest academic awards within our scholarship program. In addition to their scholarship package, Select Scholars are also invited to participate in the Select Scholar Interview Competition in the spring of their senior year. Here, a select number of scholars will be chosen for additional scholarships based upon an interview and submission of the items listed below.

The Competition

There are three interview dates to choose from. Thursday-Friday, January 28-29, Thursday-Friday, February 4-5, and Thursday-Friday, February 11-12. The dinner will be held on the Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., respective to your interview date, and all competing scholars and their accompanying family are required to attend.  Interviews will be conducted throughout the day on the following Friday. 

Participants will be evaluated based upon an interview with the Admissions Committee and their submission of an essay, resume, and letters of reference. Interviews are conducted in a panel format, with 3-5 students interviewing at one time. Essays and resumes are graded by MC staff and faculty members. Scores from each area are calculated to determine the levels of additional scholarship.

Thursday Evening's Agenda

Location: Anderson Hall in the B.C. Rogers Student Center

5:15 PM - Cadaver Lab Tour. For those students and their families interested in learning more about our wet cadaver lab, arrive in Anderson Hall no later than 5:15 for this exclusive tour with a member of the pre-medical program faculty.

6:00 PM - Academic Reception. Representatives from each academic department have been invited to be present before the dinner between 6 and 6:30 PM. This reception time is optional to you, but a great time to meet a faculty member and other students interested in your academic discipline.

6:30 PM - MC Select Scholar Dinner. Dinner will be served followed by a short program of speakers who will deliver a charge to you as the top of the entering class at MC.

Business attire is requested for the interview and the dinner.

Requirements & Registration

In order to interview for additional scholarships, students must register online for the competition.  Interview time preferences may be indicated on the registration form; we will do our best to accommodate your preference. Your interview time will be assigned after you register and you will be notified shortly thereafter. 

Students must complete the following in order to be eligible for additional awards:

  • Must be provisionally accepted in Admissions
  • Registration of an interview time (see below)
  • Submit an introductory video of yourself (one-minute maximum).  Tell us who you are - have fun with it!  No score is assigned to your video.  Must submit a YouTube link to your video to Drew Ahlrich at
  • Submission of a resume (two pages maximum) outlining your academic and extracurricular involvements/achievements during high school. 
  • Respond in a 500 words or less essay to this question: “What single invention has had the greatest impact on your life?” Please fit onto a single page and at the end of the essay list your total word count.
  • Submission of two letters of reference attesting to your character and leadership abilities. These should not be from family members and should be directly sent to Drew Ahlrich at

Deadline for all required items: Thursday, January 21st at 4:30 p.m. 

All documents (except reference letters and video) should be submitted through your MC Student Portal, which you may use to keep track of what you have submitted.

Reference Letters should be submitted to Drew Ahlrich in the Office of Admissions directly from the source of referral either by email or mail: 

Drew Ahlrich, Admissions Counselor
Mississippi College
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Drew Ahlrich
Box 4026
Clinton, MS 39058

Trustee & Distinction Scholar Awards

After students are evaluated on all competition criteria, four students will be named Trustee Scholars, receiving full tuition, room, and board scholarships. Fifty students will be selected as Distinction Scholars, receiving an additional range of $1,000-$3,000 per year on top of their current scholarship offer.

There are only a limited number of Trustee and Distinction Scholarships. However, everyone who attends the interview competition who does not receive one of the top tier awards will receive an additional $500 per year to their standing offer.  

*If the student is a Mississippi resident eligible for MESG, these grants will be included within the total award for Trustee Scholars.
*Trustee Scholars cannot receive Stackable awards.

Registration Forms