Sept. 18, 2003

President's Scholars Program Celebrates 20 Years

DALLAS (SMU) — Complete with full-tuition, it's the highest academic merit scholarship awarded at SMU. This weekend, the President's Scholars program turns 20-years-old and current and former scholars will gather for a reunion celebration.

One of the unique aspects of the program is the opportunity students have to meet with visiting world leaders. This past spring, scholars had the opportunity to meet with Vice President Dick Cheney, who was speaking at the Tate Lecture Series.

The full-tuition scholarship is renewable for up to four years, with the option of transportation and tuition for up to one year of study at one of SMU's Study Abroad programs.

Students may choose from more than 70 areas of study, though many Presidential Scholars have double or triple majors. Scholars attend an annual retreat in Taos, New Mexico and also benefit from mentoring relationships with civic and corporate leaders throughout North Texas.

Scholars will celebrate with a "Family Night" at Dave & Busters Friday night, tour new campus facilities Saturday, host a "Barbeque Bash" at the Presidential Scholar's reunion tent on Bishop Boulevard and enjoy the football game from the Hart eCenter suite above Gerald J. Ford Stadium.