The years that Abha Singh Divine ’89 spent as a President’s Scholar affected her life in a profound way.

“I believe that experience was instrumental to how I developed as a person,” she says. “Many of the most important friendships I established at SMU were with the close set of peers I had. We came from all disciplines, from all kinds of backgrounds, and we shared so many special experiences.”

She and her husband, James S. Divine ’89, have made a bequest in their wills to establish a President’s Scholars endowment at SMU so that future students will have the same opportunities to learn and grow. Planning such a gift ensures that SMU will continue to attract top students for years to come and helps secure a strong foundation for the University’s second century.

“We want to support the University’s commitment to providing an environment for academic excellence – one in which students are immersed in liberal arts as well as strong science and engineering programs,” Abha Divine says.

The Divines’ SMU connections run deep. The couple met when both were undergraduate engineering students. (Abha Divine was a double major in applied mathematics.) Her parents, Indu Singh ’72 and Shailendra (Shelly) Singh ’71, and her brother, Rahul Singh ’97, also hold engineering degrees from SMU.

Abha and Jim Divine both earned MBAs after leaving SMU and, ultimately, combined their engineering knowledge and entrepreneurial acumen to establish successful companies.

“This is very much an effort to support a program that gave me so much,” Abha Divine says. “Our hope is that the scholars are not just academically talented, but that they are also committed to giving back to their communities.”

To learn about planned gifts, please contact Sharon Seal at 214-768-1911 or