Nissan Scholarship (NISS)

Program Overview
Nissan North America, Inc. provides scholarship funds for applicants that will attend a Mississippi public two year college or public four year college.

Important Dates
Application date: January 1 – March 1
Supporting documents deadline: March 1

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a student graduating from a Mississippi high school in the current year
  • Have achieved a minimum cumulative 2.5 high school grade point average on a 4.00 scale after a minimum of seven semesters
  • Have scored a minimum of 20 on the ACT. Scores resulting from the national testing of the ACT are the only accepted scores for the state eligibility. Residual test scores are not acceptable. A minimum score of 940 on the SAT I test may be substituted for the minimum of 20 on ACT.
  • Is a legal resident of Mississippi
  • Is enrolled full-time at a Mississippi public community college or university
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Write an essay (200 words maximum) on the topic: How do my plans for the future and my college major support the Automotive industry in Mississippi?
  • Mail your signed essay and other required documents to be received on/or
    before March 1

Review the complete program Rules and Regulations: NISS_RR2009

Selection Process
There will be a Nissan Scholarship Selection Committee appointed each year. Selection of new scholarship recipients will be based on the following criteria and scoring percentages:

  • Academic achievement (50%)
  • Extracurricular activities/work/leadership/community involvement (15%)
  • Quality of applicant’s signed maximum 200-word essay (15%)
  • Demonstrated financial need (20%)

Award Amount
Contingent on availability of funds, the Nissan Scholarship Selection Committee will determine the number of Nissan Scholarships to be awarded annually. Each scholarship will be an amount that pays full tuition, required fees and a book allowance.

Scholarship Length
The length of the scholarship varies depending upon the certificate or degree the student pursues. This scholarship can be awarded up to a maximum of two years of undergraduate work at a Mississippi public two year college and up to four years of undergraduate work at a public four year university. If a student receives the Nissan Scholarship for two years at a public two year college, they will be eligible for up to a maximum of two years undergraduate work at a public four year university.

To Apply

  1. Complete the online application.  This online application must be completed each academic year whether you are a prior recipient or a first-time applicant.
  2. Submit the following supporting documents:
  • Signed copy of the first two pages of parent’s MS Resident Individual Income Tax Return for the current tax filing year. Independent students would provide signed copy of student’s tax return for the current tax filing year. Am I dependent or independent?
  • Copy of Mississippi driver’s license, unless you elected to submit it electronically during the online application
  • An official high school transcript
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • 200 word essay
  • Resume
  • Must file FAFSA

How to Submit Supporting Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much is the Nissan Scholarship worth?
    The scholarship will pay full tuition, required fees and a book allowance.
  2. Can I apply after the March 1 deadline?
    No. All documents must be received on or before the March 1st deadline.
  3. What if my parents have not filed their taxes for the year?
    All documents must be received on or before the March 1 deadline.
  4. Do I have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
    Yes. You do not have to send your results to our office, we get the results electronically.
  5. Is the scholarship available if I attend a college or university outside of

    No. Recipients must attend one of Mississippi’s two year public colleges or four year public universities.
  6. How do I submit supporting documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid?
    How to Submit Supporting Documents

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