Indianapolis Colts Owner Starts ‘Irsay Scholars’

Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts and a graduate of Southern Methodist University, is creating a scholarship program at SMU for graduates of Indiana high schools.

Students selected for the program will be known as Irsay Scholars and will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship at SMU. Room and board fees will also be available for students choosing to live on campus. Eligible students are those who have demonstrated academic achievement, social responsibility, leadership and financial need. Information and SMU application forms are being sent to every high school in Indiana and can also be accessed via the SMU Admission web site at

“SMU provided me with a great education and the foundation for success in business and in life, and I wanted to create the same opportunity for promising young people in Indiana,” Irsay said. In the initial phase of the Irsay Scholars program, students will be awarded scholarships in 2007-2010.

One student will be selected in each of the four years and presented with the opportunity for a four-year scholarship as long as the student meets the criteria outlined by the program and the academic standards of the University.

“The Irsay Scholarship program benefits SMU and the state of Indiana by connecting the University to talented students from Indiana high schools who might not have a chance to experience SMU were it not for the generosity of Jim Irsay,” said R. Gerald Turner, President of Southern Methodist University.

Students interested in applying for the Irsay Scholarship must first apply to SMU. In order to be considered for a scholarship beginning in Fall 2007, students must submit their SMU application by January 15, 2007, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Scholarship Service CSS/PROFILE by February 15. All forms are available online at

For more information about giving to SMU, visit the SMU Giving website.

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