Hinds Community College is proud to offer a full-tuition scholarship to eligible high school seniors graduating as Valedictorian or Salutatorian from a high school located in the Hinds Community College District (Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne, and Copiah counties).

Qualifications & Requirements:

To be eligible for selection for a Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship, the following criteria must be met and submitted by a priority deadline of July 1:

  • Application for the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship
  • Application for Admission to Hinds Community College
  • Proof of graduation from an accredited high school within the Hinds Community College District. The Hinds CC District includes high schools located in Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne, or Copiah County. Accredited high schools include Mississippi public schools and private schools accredited through the Mississippi Association of Independent schools and does not include homeschool associations.
  • An official high school transcript verifying class rank as one or two
  • Be admitted to the Hinds with a standard high school diploma and admitted as an in-state student
  • Be a first-time entering freshman (meaning Hinds must be the first college you attend after receiving your high school diploma)

Requirements for Scholarship Recipients to receive and retain this award*:

  • Enroll in and be marked present in 15 or more credit hours each semester. Please note: Scholarship funds for that semester and following semesters will be forfeited if students do not enroll in and have their presence recorded in 15 or more hours after the drop/add period has passed.
  • Successfully complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester in which you are receiving the scholarship.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Awarding of Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship*:

  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarships are awarded for four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters (This scholarship does not cover summer terms.).
  • The appropriate award amount will begin transmitting to the scholarship recipient’s account 10 days prior to the first day of classes to pay tuition and fees, unless otherwise stipulated by the department granting the award.
  • If students have grants and scholarships in amounts greater than the total charges, the remaining amount will be refunded to the students’ account according to the disbursement schedule published by the Financial Aid Office. Students should review their My.Hinds self-service account periodically to view their charges and awards.

*Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship recipients must also abide the Hinds Community College Scholarship Policies. For more information, call 601.857.3502 or email Kathryn.Cole@hindscc.edu.