SMU is committed to increasing student quality through additional scholarship offerings. The Alumni Board has supported that goal by establishing a top merit-based scholarship.

The Alumni Board President’s Scholarship was created in response to a promise by Carl Sewell ’66, chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees, to provide matching funds if past and present Alumni Board members contributed a total of $50,000. The scholarship was awarded for the 2009–10 academic year and will provide funding for four years.

“Improving academic excellence is an important focus at SMU right now,” says Ken S. Malcolmson ’74, Alumni Board president. “Raising the money to fund this academic scholarship was a great galvanizer for the current and past Alumni Board members. It gave us great pride to demonstrate our commitment to the campaign and contribute to improving the academic stature of the University.”

As scholarship support has increased over the past decade, the average SAT score of incoming first-year students has risen 98 points.

The University’s highest academic merit-based awards, President’s Scholarships provide gifted students with full tuition and fees and a range of special programs.

The scholarship was awarded to William Badarak of Riverside, Calif. The first-year student has a double major in business management in Cox School of Business and public policy in Dedman College.

“Being a President’s Scholar has exposed me to many academic opportunities and extracurricular activities,” Badarak says. “I’m committed to repaying those who made it possible by performing well on campus.”

To learn more about President’s Scholars, please contact Linda Preece at 214-768-4863 or