Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

October 24, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- A gift from Hunt Investment Company is enabling three students to become the first Industry Scholars at the SMU School of Engineering.

The Industry Scholars program is a joint scholarship and internship program that gives qualified undergraduate students financial aid for up to four years of study plus on-the-job internships with sponsors during their junior and senior years. The program was established to help the school recruit high-caliber students and give those students an opportunity to have internships during their junior and senior years.

“Success in today’s engineering world depends on the right combination of knowledge and hands-on application,” said Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering. “The Industry Scholars Program is a partnership between students, the university and industry where everyone can win.”

The gift from Hunt Investment Company was made by Chris Kleinert, president of Hunt Ventures, and Hunter Hunt, president of Hunt Power and a member of the SMU School of Engineering’s Executive Board.

“We are big believers in what Dean Szygenda is doing with the school, and we are happy to play a role in helping his vision for the school come true,” Hunt said.

The three students who have been named Industry Scholars are Charles Taylor, a first-year student from Paris, Texas; Austin Curry, a junior from Arlington, Texas; and Kevin Schubert, a junior from Memphis, Tenn. All three are electrical engineering majors.

For more information on the Industry Scholars program at SMU, call 214-768-3050.