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The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

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The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

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  1. The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Leadership for the 21st Century create your future

  2. 1961- TI founders establish Southwest Center for Advanced Studies • 1969 - UTD opens • 1990 - Full spectrum university

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. McDermott Summers Maximized Individualized & Flexible Endless Possibilities… Classes Research Community Service Internships Study Abroad/ Travel

  9. Study Abroad Multiple Destinations Argentina Austria China Costa Rica Egypt England France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Jordan Mexico Peru Russia Scotland Spain Switzerland Taiwan Zambia Proposal Blogs, Pics & Whoosh! Reflection & Evaluation ‘McDermott’ Apartments & Storage

  10. Service 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

  11. Experiential Learning Internships 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Qualifications 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

  18. Recruitment and Applications Prospect Form and Online Application : Choose 4 recommenders and provide emails to the online system Counselor 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

  19. A Look at Finalists’ WeekendFebruary 12-14, 2010 Friday Reception & Welcome with McDermott Freshman Class Saturday 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 Sunday Final Q/A Breakfast Creative Problem Solving Session UTD Organization Fair

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

  21. Thank you! Molly Seeligson – Program Director 972-883-4610