Senior Banking Major Selected as Orrin H. Swayze Fellow

JACKSON, Miss. – Wyatt Gunter, a senior at University of Mississippiwas selected as the 2022 Orrin H. Swayze Fellow by the Mississippi Bankers Association Educational Foundation and the Mississippi Young Bankers Chapter from the Association.

Gunter was chosen from among Mississippi applicants to receive the $5,000 scholarship, which is given annually to the most outstanding banking and finance student in Mississippi. The Pontotoc native is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance.

He has already accepted a position at First Choice Bank in Pontotoc.

Wyatt Gunter

“Wyatt is an outstanding representative of our program and is well deserving of this statewide award,” said UM Dean Ken Cyree. School of Business Administration and president of the Mississippi Bankers Association and professor of finance. “He was very engaged with the selection committee and enthusiastically participated in the conference presentations.

“We are very proud of Wyatt and look forward to his future success.

The Orrin H. Swayze Scholastic Awards, first presented in 1979, are given annually to five outstanding graduate students majoring in banking and finance at state-supported universities. The awards are given in honor of Orrin H. Swayze, who was a respected Mississippi banker and a pioneer of continuing education in banking.

Students are nominated by their professors, and the Mississippi Young Bankers Scholarship Committee selects five finalists. During the MYB convention, the committee conducts interviews and determines the Swayze Fellow, who receives a $5,000 scholarship.

The other four finalists, honored as finalists for the Orrin H. Swayze School Prize, each receive a $1,500 scholarship. The awards are funded by the MBA Education Foundation.

Other Swayze finalists were fellow Ole Miss student Vedan Patel; Annabelle Peck, Mississippi State University; Brock Revels, University of Southern Mississippi; and Jameria Stokes, Jackson State University.