Scholarships and Awards
Amy Wise and Walter Permenter Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Amy Wise Permenter (1911–1993), and her husband, Walter Permenter (1908–1995) had four daughters, each attending UM from 1959–1974. Although Amy and Walter Permenter did not attend the university themselves, they experienced it vicariously through their daughters. In 2014, the sisters endowed a scholarship in memory of their parents.
Who is eligible?
Each spring, the Scholarship Committee in the Department of Psychology identifies an outstanding psychology student who is a rising junior enrolled at the time of selection and has demonstrated financial need to receive the scholarship the following two academic years. Eligible students nominated by the committee will be contacted to submit an application essay. Interested students should complete the FAFSA and have declared psychology as their major.
Kenneth J. Sufka Undergraduate Scholarship in Psychology Endowment
Dr. Kenneth Sufka is a Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology and Philosophy and Research Professor with the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi. He has been recognized many times during his tenure at UM, notably receiving the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award, the Faculty Achievement Award, and the Thomas F. Frist Student Service Award. Nationally, Dr. Sufka has been named a US Professor of the Year for the State of Mississippi from the CASE-Carnegie Foundation and awarded a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association. With his continued focus on student achievement and to recognize and support an aspiring undergraduate psychology student, he created this endowed scholarship using royalties from his best-selling student success book, The A Game; Nine Steps to Better Grades.
Who is eligible?
Each spring, the Scholarship Committee in the Department of Psychology will identify a psychology major (rising junior or senior) who has an emphasis on volunteerism/service, commitment to the discipline, and has demonstrated financial need to receive the scholarship for the following academic year. Eligible students nominated by the committee will be contacted to submit an application packet. Interested students should complete the FAFSA and have psychology declared as their major.
Kenneth J. Sufka and Hannah M. Harris Psychology Graduate Student Excellence Award Endowment
The Psychology Department’s Sufka & Harris Graduate Student Excellence Award is presented annually to an outstanding psychology graduate student in recognition of sustained exemplary performance in a student’s graduate studies at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Sufka and Dr. Harris’ research collaboration during her graduate studies at UM led to a U.S. patent issuance and an intellectual property license to a biotech company; royalties they received related this technology transfer funded this endowed award. Drs. Sufka and Harris wished for this award to recognize exemplary achievement and inspire graduate students to strive for excellence across professional development areas.
Who is eligible?
The Scholarship Committee in the Department of Psychology will solicit nominations from Department Faculty at the end of the Fall semester. Eligible students nominated by faculty will be graduating the Fall, Spring or Summer of the award year, and have demonstrated excellence in two or more of the following areas: research scholarship, graduate course work, classroom teaching with an emphasis as instructor of record and service to university, community and/or discipline.
- There are also scholarships available through the Office of the Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. They are available to any major in the College of Liberal Arts, but there is an application process. Click here to see those possible scholarship opportunities.
- You can also explore national scholarships using the resources below to explore other potential scholarships in psychology.