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The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

Leadership for the 21st Century

create your future


1961- TI founders establish Southwest Center for Advanced Studies

  • 1969 - UTD opens
  • 1990 - Full spectrum university
the mcdermott scholars program
The McDermott Scholars Program

Established in honor of TI co-founder Eugene McDermott

Endowed with $32 million gift from Margaret McDermott

Provides year round, four-year support for tuition & fees, annual book stipend, housing, cohort travel, living expenses, two trips home each year for out-of-town Scholars

Worth well over $130,000

orientation experience
Orientation Experience

Based at the St. John’s College campus

Seminars by UTD Faculty

Overnight Rafting Trip

Santa Fe Opera

Spanish/Native American Art and Culture

Bandelier National Monument

Los Alamos National Labs

Taos and Chimayo

washington dc experience
Washington DC Experience
  • What we’ve seen:
    • Capitol Building
    • National Monuments
    • Smithsonian Institution
    • Supreme Court
    • Library of Congress
    • National Gallery
    • Holocaust Museum
    • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Who we’ve met:

Vice President Cheney

Senators Hutchison & Cornyn

Texas Representatives

austin experience
Austin Experience

Who we’ve met:

Governor Rick Perry

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

Speaker Joe Straus

Dallas-Fort Worth delegation

Recognized from floor of Texas House and Texas Senate

What we’ve seen:

Texas State Capitol

LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

Harry Ransom Center at UT

UT Alumni & Athletic Centers

cultural enrichment
Cultural Enrichment

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performances

Eugene McDermott Concert Hall

Dallas Opera Performances

Backstage Tours

Costume Shop and Set Storage

Dallas Museum of Art

Freshman memberships

Tours by Curators

Various Dallas Theater Performances

mcdermott summers
McDermott Summers


Individualized & Flexible

Endless Possibilities…



Community Service


Study Abroad/ Travel

study abroad
Study Abroad

Multiple Destinations




Costa Rica


















Blogs, Pics & Whoosh!

Reflection & Evaluation

‘McDermott’ Apartments & Storage


Volunteer tutoring/mentoring with Dallas and Richardson ISDs

American Heart Association

Richardson Public Library

Docents at Dallas Museum of Art

Assist local refugee families

Habitat for Humanity

School supply drives

Local Hospitals

ESL Tutoring

experiential learning
Experiential Learning


Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center

Lands’ End, American Heart Association

Center for American and International Law

Archer Fellows in Washington DC

United Nations, White House, Supreme Court

Museum of Fine Arts – Santa Fe

Dallas Zoo Lab Experiences

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sandia National Labs

Medical Communities

UT Southwestern

Parkland, Dallas County Hospital

Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

U. Penn Medical School

mcdermott seminars leadership dallas
McDermott Seminars & Leadership Dallas

Freshman Year – Friday Afternoons

Campus Seminars

Etiquette Lessons

Savvy Business Skills and Dress

Roundtables with UTD Administration

Community Visits with Leaders of Local Organizations

Texas Instruments

Dallas Arboretum

Sixth Floor Museum

Old Red Courthouse

Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

Dallas Opera Rehearsal Center and Costume Shop

who are the mcdermott scholars
Who are the McDermott Scholars?

2009 Scholars

Top 2% of their class

Average 2230 SAT

Texas: 70% Out of State: 25% International: 5%

Scholars Active in Student Government and Honor Societies; Volunteer Tutors, Athletes, Musicians, Artists

Majors in Art, Physics, Engineering, Literature, Government, Economics, Education, Computer Science, Math, Psychology, Neuroscience

special awards
Special Awards

Sarah Islam (‘01) * David L. Boren Fellowship

Sophie Rutenbar (‘02) * Harry S. Truman Scholar * Marshall Scholar

Chris Affolter (’03) * Leonard M. Rieser Fellow

Rachel Markowitz (’04) * Fulbright Scholar - Morocco

Kas McLean (’02), Austin Swafford (’05), Alex Palmer (‘06) & Mary Gurak (‘07)

* Barry M. Goldwater Scholars

Molly Wurzer (’05), Samia Hossain (‘06) & Dina Shahrokhi (‘07)

* Critical Language Scholarships, U.S. State Department

Austin Swafford (’05) *National Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

where are they going next
Where are they going next?

Graduate Programs: Princeton, Rice, Texas A&M, UT Austin, Institute of Design-Chicago, London School of Economics and Political Science, Virginia, Michigan, St. Andrews University - Scotland

Law Schools: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Virginia, George Washington, Emory, NYU, UT Austin, Sorbonne

Medical Schools: Yale, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

MD/PhD Program: UT Southwestern

Ph.D. Programs: NIH – OxCam, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Northwestern, Ole Miss, UC Irvine, UT Austin, Boise State, Harvard Medical School, Washington University

elevator speech
Elevator Speech

Four year award for incoming freshmen

Tuition and Fees, monthly stipend, book stipend, travel abroad, intern/volunteer/cultural opportunities

Create a compelling resume that will take you anywhere

Most generous and flexible scholars program in the US


Students who will have the best chance of becoming

McDermott Finalists:

SAT or ACT score at or above the 97th percentile

2100+ on the three part SAT

1400+ on the two part SAT (Verbal + Math)

32+ on the ACT

Top 5% of graduating class

Long records of community volunteerism and leadership

Broad, eclectic interests in science, literature, and the arts

Social skills to interact easily with adults and peers

recruitment and applications
Recruitment and Applications

Prospect Form and Online Application :

Choose 4 recommenders and provide emails to the online system


Academic Recommender

Extracurricular Activities Recommender

Personal Recommender

Any computer at different times

Resume and three essays are required; picture is optional

Submitted online – once submitted, no changes can be made by the student

Deadlines for Fall 2010

November 1, 2009 – Priority Deadline

January 3, 2010 - Regular Deadline

a look at finalists weekend february 12 14 2010
A Look at Finalists’ WeekendFebruary 12-14, 2010


Reception & Welcome with McDermott Freshman Class


Introduction to campus and tour

Interviews with McDermott Faculty and Alumni

Mock Classes

Dinner and visit to the Dallas Symphony

Dessert Party with current McDermott Scholars


Final Q/A Breakfast

Creative Problem Solving Session

UTD Organization Fair


McDermott Scholars and Vice President Dick Cheney in the Roosevelt Room in the White House’s West Wing

thank you
Thank you!

Molly Seeligson – Program Director