History, Political Science, and Geography Departmental Scholarships

The Department of History, Political Science and Geography at The W is pleased to offer the following scholarships to help our students cover the cost of tuition and other education-related expenses. Through the generous support of our donors, these scholarships support our students and the outstanding academic work they do at The W. The amount and number of scholarships available is dependent upon the income generated each year by the endowment of each scholarship. The department strongly encourages all of our majors to apply for a scholarship during their time at The W.

Scholarship Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply as soon as possible.

The Mary Lou Peyton Scholarships

The Mary Lou Peyton Scholarships were endowed by a generous bequest from the Peyton estate. Mary Lou Peyton attended the I.I. & C. (now The W) and later taught part-time at The W from 1938-1945. Her mother, Annie Coleman Peyton, was one of I.I. & C’s founders and taught history there from 1891-1898. The department is proud to help continue the work of both Mary Lou and Annie Coleman Peyton by supporting new generations of history students.

  • Mary Lou Peyton History Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for History majors to help with tuition and other education-related expenses. Renewable for up to four years. 
  • Mary Lou Peyton Study Abroad Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $5,000 for History majors to support them in an approved study abroad program.
  • Mary Lou Peyton Internship Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $5,000 for History majors to support them in a local, national, or international academic internship.


Peyton Scholarships

Departmental Scholarships

  • Dave Evans Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a Political Science major who demonstrates great academic promise.
  • Jeraldine Day Pruden Award: Awarded to a History, Political Science, or Social Science major who plans to attend law school after graduation.
  • Otis C. Skipper Award: Awarded to a History major with demonstrated financial need.

External Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergrads who receive Federal Pell Grants to study abroad.

Phi Kappa Phi offers undergraduates financial assistance to study abroad.

The American Association of University Women offers financial assistance to students who want to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (this scholarship is available to women and men). 

The State of Mississippi offers many funding opportunities for Mississippi residents. Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid

Planning the next step:

The following scholarships accept applications from undergraduates near the end of their degree or close to the date of graduation.

The highly competitive Rhodes Scholarship allows outstanding students from many countries around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

The Harry Truman Scholarship seeks to create “outstanding public service leadership” with the Truman Scholars program.

The George Mitchell Scholarship Program offers students grants through the U.S.-Ireland Alliance to study in Ireland and pursue intellectual and leadership opportunities.

Making Higher Education Affordable

Cost shouldn't be a barrier. At The W it won't be. We believe that the cost of a college education should not be a deterrent to your pursuit of earning a bachelor's degree. The W has kept tuition among the lowest in the Southeast. We offer that same low tuition to residents of every state, and a range of scholarships, and grants to help you pay for your education.

See for yourself! Our Net Price Calculators can tell you what you can expect to pay in tuition and the scholarships you are eligible to receive.

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Scholarships Opportunities


Apply to The W & Complete FAFSA

Be sure to also complete the FAFSA and apply to the University to be eligible for other forms of financial aid. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to complete their application and financial aid applications prior to April 15.

Apply to The W Financial Aid