Establishing Scholarships

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Thank you for your interest in Mississippi State University and the College of Education. The scholarships and endowments established by dedicated alumni and friends provide much needed assistance to current and prospective students wishing to pursue and continue their college education. Well established scholarship programs attract the brightest students this state and nation have to offer. Establishing a scholarship is a step process outlined below:


Contact the College of Education to discuss your interest.
Mississippi State University
College of Education
P.O. Box 9710
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Director of Development
Trish Cunetto

Creating the gift agreement

A gift agreement will be established between you and your Director of Development. The gift agreement is designed to enforce your complete wishes. The purpose, schedule and form of contribution, recognition and adminstration will be determined. An important section of the gift agreement is the scholarship selection criteria. This will establish the guidelines on how your scholarship will be awarded.

Signature of agreement

Along with your signature, your gift agreement will be signed by the MSU Foundation. An original copy will be returned for your safe keeping.

Donor contribution

After earnings accrue or annual funds are made available, the College of Education Scholarship Committee will award your scholarship based on the gift agreement selection critiera.

Scholarship award

Students receive the scholarship through the university comptroller. Scholarship money is applied to tuition, and not awarded directly to the student.


With your approval, proper recognition will be given in Mississippi State University and MSU Foundation publications. Students are encouraged to contact you with a letter of appreciation. Many times, the scholarship recipient initiates a visit to personally thank you for your assistance.