B.F. Smith Scholars Program

The B.F. Smith Scholars Program consists of graduate assistantships for students.  The graduate assistantships may be awarded to students with a record of academic achievement and commitment to the Delta region for pursuit of a degree related to the field of Community & Economic Development, such as Community Development, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or Public Administration.  Previous awards have been $5,000 per semester.

B.F. Smith Scholars Program Brochure


Students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree in a related field with a minimum overall undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.25.  The recipient cannot be employed full-time outside the Univeristy during this time period.


  • Recipients will be expected to engage in real-world learning opportunities.
  • Work 20 hours per week
  • Produce a final report


To apply, students must submit the documents listed below to

Dr. Beverly Moon – Graduate Studies Office – 239 Kent Wyatt Hall -Cleveland, MS  38733

  1. Graduate School Application
  2. An official undergraduate transcript
  3. A cover letter outlining the applicants qualifications
  4. The name, title, address, and phone number of at least three references, and
  5. A written statement describing why the candidate wishes to become a B.F. Smith Scholar and how the program can lead to career success, preferably in the Mississippi Delta.