University of Memphis Scholarships

The University of Memphis (UofM) offers several hundred academic scholarships each year in varying amounts. Your application for admission to the UofM also serves as your merit scholarship application.

For more information on scholarship eligibility and any other questions you may have, contact the UofM Scholarship Office directly at scholarships@memphis.edu, 901.678.3213 or visit the UofM Scholarship Office website >.

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Non-Resident Honors Student Award (Out of State Students Only)

Thirty Non-Resident Honors Student (NRHS) Awards are available on a competitive basis to non-resident (out of state) new freshmen students who enroll full-time, who meet the full requirements for admission to the Helen Hardin Honors College and who are actively pursuing graduation with an honors designation. This award pays out-of-state tuition fees only and is renewable for up to eight full-time semesters. Continuation of the award from semester to semester is only guaranteed if the student meets all the criteria for membership in the Honors College.

For more information, please contact the Honors College at honors@memphis.edu.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

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Helen Hardin Honors College Scholarship

The Honors College may provide a one-time, nonrenewable scholarship for the academic year for continuing students in the Honors College.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a member in "Good Standing" of the Helen Hardin Honors College for at least one year prior to applying for the award
  • Must have successfully taken a minimum of one Honors course within one academic year of applying for the award
  • Preference will be given to students of high academic merit as evidenced by a strong cumulative GPA and with demonstrated financial need by filing a FAFSA
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Submit resume

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

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Dr. Elizabeth K. Perryman Honors Scholarship

The Dr. Elizabeth K. Perryman Honors Scholarship supports one of the following activities for students majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences or Biomedical Engineering:

  1. Supplemental funding toward one academic year of study at the University of Memphis.
  2. Study abroad for an academic year, semester, or summer (minimum 10 weeks) at an approved international university/institute or an internship at an international company directly related to the applicant’s major.

Please note: There is only one award available per academic year. 

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time Student (minimum 12 hours per semester)
  • Member in "Good Standing" in the Helen Hardin Honors College
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior classification
  • Majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences or Biomedical Engineering
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Must have demonstrated valuable service to the community or university, preferably in gender equality, climate change projects, or biomedical projects

Applicants must provide:

  • Two recommendations from faculty of their major department
  • Resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • A completed application with detailed essay about needs, qualifications and plans for this special scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

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National Scholarships & Fellowships

The Honors College identifies and assists well-qualified students in competing for prestigious national and international fellowships (Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, and others).  As a general rule, successful applicants for these scholarships have a 3.7 GPA or higher.  Depending on the scholarship, an exemplary academic record must be matched by leadership positions in extracurricular organizations or community service (e.g., Truman Scholarship) or ample research experience (e.g., Goldwater Scholarship).

All prospective applicants are encouraged to visit each scholarship's website and carefully read their guidelines and eligibility requirements. Students interested in fellowship opportunities should contact the Honors Office.

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Scholarship Service Hours

The Honors College does not require members to complete service hours. However, many scholarships offered by the University of Memphis (UofM), such as the Dean's, Provost and Presidential awards, require a service obligation to the institution of 75-150 hours per academic year. These merit scholarships offered by the UofM are managed by the UofM Scholarship Office (located on the second floor of Wilder Tower). More information about fulfilling service hours through the Honors College >