What is the NGAMS Scholarship?
As our mission statement reads, the National Guard Association of Mississippi exists to foster and support the role of the National Guard in Mississippi and the National Guard of the United States in providing for and assuring the military security of our Nation. To maintain our success we must continue to support and educate our Service members and their families as they are the future of the Mississippi National Guard. To assist in that endeavor we have created the National Guard Association of Mississippi Scholarship Foundation.
The NGAMS Scholarship, proposed by former NGAMS President and Mississippi National Guardsman Colonel Tom Crosby, is a competitive scholarship that provides $6,000 per year to exceptionally qualified officers in the Mississippi National Guard and their dependents. Each year the NGAMS Board of Directors approve up to four scholarships, two undergraduate (four year scholarship) and two graduate (two year scholarship). These scholarships will help students in both undergraduate and graduate programs obtain their initial degrees.
Eligibility for the Four Year Scholarship
1- High school students that will/have graduated with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or equivalent who have been accepted to a nationally or regionally accredited four (4) ‐ year college or university.
2- Full‐time students currently attending a nationally or regionally accredited four (4) ‐ year college or university who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or equivalent for the academic year immediately preceding the academic year for which the scholarship is sought.
3- Applicants may apply for a maximum of four annual grants of $6,000 per year for a total of $24,000.
4- Applicant must be a NGAMS Active Lifetime Member or a dependent of a NGAMS Active Lifetime Member.
5- Application must be for first undergraduate degree.
Eligibility for the Two Year Scholarship
1- Accepted to a nationally or regionally accredited college or university graduate program.
2- Applicants may apply for a maximum of two annual grants of $6000 per year for a total of $12,000.
3- Applicant must be a NGAMS Active Lifetime Member or a dependent of a NGAMS Active Lifetime Member.
4- Application must be for first graduate degree.
How Scholarships are Awarded
Applications must be submitted online and supporting documents provided. The online application will be available beginning December 1 each year and all applications and supporting documents must be submitted no later than January 31. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive it is your responsibility to ensure your application and supporting documents have been properly submitted. Applications without supporting documents and supporting documents without accompanying applications will not be processed or considered. We are not even able to attempt to contact these individuals as it is impossible to ensure proper identification. The Scholarship Committee will convene thereafter to review applications. The committee will review and select up to two undergraduate and two graduate scholarship recipients. Selections will be approved by the NGAMS Board of Directors. The announcements of the recipients will be made by April 1 and the scholarships presented at the NGAMS conference.