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When you choose Jones College, affordable education plus numerous scholarship options are available to help you meet your tuition expenses.

Jones offers scholarship categories with a fit for a wide selection of students. One may be just right for you. Academic Scholarships are based on ACT scores and valedictorian and salutatorian honors. Career and Technical scholarships take into account high school GPA’s. Service Scholarships are awarded to qualifying students who participate in campus organizations. Paid internships offer invaluable work experience.

If you have any questions or need advice concerning scholarship funds, contact or call 601-477-4257.

Academic Scholarships

The Presidential Excellence Scholarship

  • Awarded to Valedictorians and Salutatorians
  • Any student with a superscore of 29 or higher on the ACT is eligible
  • $13,000 over four (4) regular semesters at Jones College
  • A semester GPA of at least 3.0 required

Academic Distinction Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with an ACT of 25 - 28
  • $6,800 over four (4) regular semesters at Jones College
  • A semester GPA of at least 2.5 required

Academic Achievement Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with an ACT of 21 - 24
  • $3,300 over four (4) regular semesters at Jones College
  • A semester GPA of at least 2.5 required

Rising Excellence Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with an ACT of 18 - 20
  • $1,500 over four (4) regular semesters at Jones College
  • A semester GPA of at least 2.5 required

Rising Leadership Scholarship
(Internal Only)

  • The Rising Leadership Scholarship eligibility and amounts are awarded by in-district high school administrators to students that exhibit leadership and/or academic excellence.

Career and Technical (CTE) Scholarships

Service Scholarships

Students who participate in specified campus programs at Jones can apply for varying scholarship amounts based on areas of participation, availability and other criteria determined by each department and organization. Contact information is listed for each available scholarship.

Paid Internship


Internships will be offered through participating departments, organizations, etc. on the Jones College main or satellite campus(es). Selection for paid internships will be based on student eligibility requirements.

Each department and/or organization will determine the eligibility of students.

The Office of Financial Aid will determine eligibility to meet the Department of Education’s aid requirements.

Other Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships have differing criteria based on regulations of the Mississippi Board of Community Colleges and the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Chris Robinson
Athletic Director
(601)477 - 1237

The Board of Supervisors Scholarship

The Board of Supervisors Scholarship is awarded for tuition only (fees, books, lab fees, meals, dorm, etc. are NOT included) if a balance remains after all applicable federal grants, state grants, and scholarships have been awarded.

The scholarship is available for 70 hours maximum toward any degree or certificate program. If additional aid is received after the scholarship award has been posted, the scholarship amount may be subject to change.

The Board of Supervisors Scholarship applies only to students attending Jones College and is non-transferable.

Each semester’s award requires completion of course work, regardless of the grade earned. If the student voluntarily withdraws or is withdrawn by the college due to excessive absences, the student will be liable for any prorated balance due. Outstanding balances may affect the student’s ability to enroll in future courses.

This scholarship is non-refundable.

How to qualify for the Board of Supervisors' Scholarship:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and current legal resident of the county awarding the scholarship. If the applicant is a dependent, parents must be residents of the county. (Proof may be required)
  • Complete and submit: a Jones College admissions application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) at (September 15 deadline- Fall and Spring).
  • Apply for JCJC Foundation/Institutional Scholarships
  • Take the National ACT or Residual ACT prior to admission and meet all JCJC admission requirements.

How to continue participation in the Board of Supervisors' Scholarship:

  • Submit the required financial aid each school year.
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade point average each semester. A grade point average below 2.5 will result in the forfeiture of award for the next enrolled semester. Students may regain eligibility after earning a 2.5 or better in a subsequent semester and administrative review.
  • Pay all fees not covered by the scholarship before enrolling in the next semester.

If one of the above requirements is not met during any semester, the student may not be eligible for the scholarship and will be notified by the Scholarship Office.

The Smith County Tuition Assistance application is closed for the Spring 2024 semester.

Foundation Scholarships

The JCJC Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation that provides support for the college and its students. The Foundation provides a variety of scholarships to qualifying individuals each year.

Foundation Scholarship

Honors Institute

Awarded to members of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute and added to the Academic Distrinction scholarship for up to $500 towards books and fees.

Pageant Scholarships

Full tuition scholarships are awarded to winners of Distinguished Young Women and Miss Hospitality pageants throughout the state of Mississippi. For the Miss Hospitality pageant, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the top 4 alternates. Students who qualify for this scholarship must accept it during the fall semester immediately following its presentation. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the scholarship. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA in 15 semester hours to remain eligible. DYW and Miss Hospitality Scholarships are valid for four semesters. Exceptions on semester hours may be made for students in certain CTE programs.

Scholarship Appeal

Scholarship Guidelines and Criteria for Scholarships

Scholarships will be administered in the following order:

  1. Service scholarships which most closely tie the student to the institution
  2. Academic scholarships that most benefits the student
  3. Any remaining service scholarships up to the maximum student eligibility

General criteria applying to Institutional Scholarships

There is not an application process to determine the institutional scholarship eligibility. A student’s scholarship will be applied based on the information provided during the admissions process or determined by the club/organization.

A student can combine institutional and service scholarships to cover tuition, registration fee, room and board, and lab fees (excluding the course material fee, ebooks, and books).

A student may only receive one academic scholarship.

The scholarship that most benefits the student will be automatically applied to the student’s account. No application or contract is required.

Academic scholarships must be accepted within one year of high school graduation (exception for military service).

If a student transfers from another college, all work transferred must meet the requirement to maintain the scholarship regarding hours passed and GPA as if the classes were completed at Jones College.

Scholarships are limited to four regular semesters.

Scholarships must be utilized during a student’s first four semesters at Jones College. Each scholarship will be split equally between four (4) semesters. Scholarships cannot be combined for less number of semesters to receive the overall maximum allowed. Institutional scholarships do not cover out-of-state fees. A student cannot bank or defer a scholarship for use in later semesters.

Eligible scholarships will only be awarded during the fall and spring semesters. Institutional scholarships are not awarded during summer enrollment.

Scholarship recipients are expected to remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 hours until the completion of the semester. (Exceptions on semester hours may be made for students in certain CTE and Nursing programs.) If a student chooses to enroll in more than fifteen (15) hours, they may be required to pay the difference in tuition and fee cost.

Scholarship amounts may be adjusted for specific CTE programs for students enrolled in twelve (12) hours.

Scholarships awarded may be adjusted for the Associate Degree Nursing or License Practical Nursing programs for students enrolled in less than 12 hours.

Scholarships will not pay for campus violations, missed proctored exams, or other non-education related expenses.

Scholarship recipients should abide by the College Code of Conduct. A student may be removed from school for the violation of the Code of Conduct as listed in the Student Handbook of Jones College and upon such removal will be required to repay all applicable charges.

Students eligible to receive any institutional scholarship should apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as applying for any eligible aid through the Department of Financial Aid of Mississippi (MTAG, MESG and HELP). State aid, federal aid, Jones College Foundation scholarships and County Board of Supervisors grants will not affect institutional scholarship awards except where federal and/or state guidelines mandate.

Institutional scholarships cannot exceed institutional costs. Scholarships may be reduced based on Federal Financial Aid guidelines as well as state and local policies. Jones College reserves the right to change any and all fees at any point in the semester.

Maintain eligibility for an institutional scholarship

  • Presidential Excellence Scholarship recipients must pass 15 semester hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Other Scholarship recipients must pass 15 semester hours with a 2.5 semester GPA to remain eligible for scholarship. Failure to complete the semester or failure to comply with the terms could result in the revocation of the scholarship, and the student may be required to repay all applicable charges.
  • CTE scholarships are based on program requirements and hours. Classes attempted at other colleges and transferred (including dual enrollment) to Jones College within one year of high school graduation are subject to GPA requirements.
  • If a student fails to meet the scholarship requirements, the scholarship will be suspended. The semester of suspension is counted as one semester of eligibility for the scholarship. Once the student meets the semester hour and GPA requirements, the scholarship may be applied to the student’s account for future semesters.
  • A student may appeal a scholarship suspension by submitting relevant documentation to the scholarship committee within the semester they are appealing for scholarship reinstatement. An appeal will not be accepted for a semester that has ended. Students will receive notification from the scholarship coordinator once their appeal has been reviewed.
  • Scholarships cannot be redeemed for cash value or distributed as a refund. Students receiving aid from their county grant program may have their scholarships adjusted based on the rules of the county providing aid.