High School Student Offered Over $1 Million in College Scholarships

ABC News

Originally Posted: April 1, 2015

Hard work definitely does pay off, or at least it does for one high school student, from Lynn Haven, Florida. Mimi Mallory, a senior at Mosley High School, was offered more than $1 million in merit-based college scholarships.

“It was crazy,” Mallory, 18, told ABC News. “I just didn’t know what to think.”

As one college acceptance after another came in, they were also paired with a lot of cash. Mallory was awarded a combined total of $1,052,400 from the 11 schools where she was accepted.

The highest scholarship Mallory was offered came from Mercer University, totaling $212,000. She also received a full tuition scholarship from the University of Alabama.

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Mallory decided to accept the offer from her dream school, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. “It’s crazy to think I can go to SMU,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting to because of how expensive it was.”

SMU awarded Mallory $166,000 in scholarship money, so she will only have to pay a few thousand dollars each year out of pocket. READ MORE

DRSEF Award Winner Has Unique Connection With SMU Department of Mathematics

March 8, 2016

(Dallas, TX) – Over 1,000 prize-winning students from across the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex competed in the 2016 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) on Saturday, February 28, in Fair Park. Co-sponsored by SMU, participants — who have won their school or district science fairs — were awarded top honors for their innovations.

Steven Elliott science fair
Steven Elliot at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Steven Elliot, a high school student with The Home Educators Outsourcing High School was one of the top prize-winners. He presented his work titled, “Use the force Lyapunov! A novel force controller for quadcopter applications,” and won first place in Senior Division, Physical Sciences: Robotics and Intelligent Machines. He was a runner up for the grand prize in the Senior Division, Physical Sciences.

Elliot has a unique connection with SMU as he enrolled and took several math classes in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Steven works with Dr. Thomas Carr, Associate Professor in Department of Mathematics on problems related to the stability and control of quadcopters.

“Steven is highly motivated, independent and particularly competent,” says Dr. Carr. “I provide some mathematical guidance but for the most part I am learning from him, and that is a lot of fun.”

Steven has one research manuscript accepted for publication in the American Journal of Undergraduate Research (http://www.ajuronline.org/) titled, “Robust Nonlinear Control of BLDC Motor in Quadcopter Applications.” A second research paper is currently being submitted.

He will now go to the International Science Fair competition in Phoenix, AZ, in May, which will host students from throughout the world.

imagesAbout the DRSEF:

SMU faculty members coordinate the fair, recruit judges and help select the grand prize winners. SMU also hosts a March banquet honoring the top fair winners, their parents and science teachers.

The Fair is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Students in grades 6-12 at public and private schools within the boundaries of TEA Region 10, who placed in their school science fairs, are eligible to participate in the DRSEF.

Board of Directors: Prof. Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department, Prof. Randall J. Scalise, SMU Physics Department, Prof. Fredrick I. Olness, SMU Physics Department, Prof. Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, SMU Chemistry Department, Lacey Porter, SMU Physics Department

Executive Council: President: Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department , Vice President: Randall J. Scalise, SMU Physics Department , Vice President: Fredrick I. Olness, SMU Physics Department, Secretary: Lacey Porter, SMU Physics Department, Treasurer: Andrew Milburn, Texas Capital Bank

For more information: dallassciencefair.org

Congratulations to the newest Phi Beta Kappa Inductees


Rianna Airitam, Lindsey Anderson, Jeremy Arata, Alicia Arnold, Antonia Brito, Laura Buckley, Ida Bustnes, Christy Carlson, Emily Dombrowski, Hannah Duke, Kayley El-Arab, Jennifer Foster, Brooke Fothergill,Alexis Gambino, Wilson Gomez,Simina Grecu, Sami Hawwa, Estelle Hernandez, Haley High, Eugene Kim, Conner Kline, Sophie Kramer, Olivia Leonard, Austin McGinnis, Colleen McKenzie, Briana Monsalve, Alexander Munoz, Tracy Nelson, Iqra Parupia, Samantha Perry, Divya Pranav, Hena Rafiq, Anika Reza, Annika Rieger, Amy Roesler, Daniel Rostro, Tyrell Russell, Ankit Sharma, Dana Sherman, Sarah Siddiqui, Kaycee Smith, Kelsey Smith, Megan Sunderland, Kyle Swartz, Shannon Swisher, Ziyi Tang, Christianne Teague, Averi White


Hope Anderson, Madison Gafford, Anthony Jeffries, Benjamin Joseph, Uma Lad, Niccolo Lazzara, Madeline Madrazo, Kaitlyn Montan, Patricia Nance, Olivia Nguyen, Kelsey O’Leary, Manuel Rangel, Matthew Reitz, Haley Stutts, Courtney Tibbetts

Dedman College student pitches mobile app at 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas

SMU Daily Campus

Originally Posted: February 20, 2016

Three SMU seniors participated in the Dallas Festival of Ideas’ Entrepreneurial Forum Saturday, where each pitched their Big iDeas to a crowd of Dallasites in the hopes of winning several entrepreneurial prizes.

The theme of this year’s festival was “The United City,” which aimed to “help shape the city of the future by igniting, uniting and energizing the people of Dallas through the power of ideas.” The pitch contest was in partnership with the Arts Entrepreneurship Program at the Meadows School of the Arts

Each student had three minutes to pitch and three minutes for questions. The winner was chosen using what Susan Kress, the executive director for Engaged Learning at SMU, called “the old-school clap-o-meter.”

Eddie Allegra pitched Biolum, a mobile app that uses Bluetooth technologies to scale user’s exhaled breath and determine the severity of asthma systems; Roberto Hernandez pitched Mexican Bingo, an iOS and Android app that turns the traditional Mexican Bingo game into a digital format; and Jonah Kirby pitched Fiddler, a rooftop wind turbine system that creates battery power on a digital grid. READ MORE

LHS graduate turned Tower Center Scholar Fairooz Adams running for school board

The Leader

Originally Posted: February 9, 2016

Fairooz Adams, a 2014 graduate of Lewisville High School, has announced his is running for Place 4 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees.

Below is his announcement:

I have been advocating for the interests of the students of LISD and my community since I was 15, when I led a student effort against the planned division of my class across two campuses. READ MORE

Political Science student blogs from the presidential campaign trail

SMU Adventures

Originally Posted: February 2016

SMU students traveled to New Hampshire to visit presidential campaign headquarters and organize focus groups for CNN during the Iowa caucus. They were accompanied by Rita Kirk, SMU communications professor and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Here is an excerpt from Anthony, a senior majoring in political science:

Not Your Everyday Class
Usually, in the morning before class I wake up at 5 a.m., shower, have a bite to eat, put on a decent pair of jeans, a not-so-wrinkled shirt, and some sneaks or boots. I grab my books and notes, place them in my aging mahogany-colored satchel, and head off into the thick of 7 a.m. traffic to reach campus by 9 a.m. Today was different.

I woke up at 2 a.m., grabbed a bite to eat, showered and donned a freshly pressed shirt and tie, along with my nicely tailored black pants and jacket to match, and a brand-new pair of nicely polished black leather shoes. Along with my satchel, I also had in tow a small carry-on bag to bring with me to class. A carry- on bag, one may ask? What type of class is this? Clearly, not an ordinary one.

Normally this class runs Tuesdays, 9:30 -10:50 a.m. This time it started on Sunday, 4:45 a.m., and would not end until 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. And in place of my traditional Women in Politics Seminar course curriculum, I embarked on a trip that turned into a fast-paced presidential political roller coaster, which happened to be broadcast on live television. READ MORE

Congratulations to the Dedman College Research Day Winners

SMU graduate and undergraduate students presented results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research on February 10. Dedman College students received an impressive 20 awards.

Research Day aims to foster communication between students in different disciplines, give students the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and share the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with their peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community.

CLICK HERE for a full list of Research Day winners


Tower Center selects nine SMU scholars to join global policymaking immersion program

SMU News

Originally Posted: January 26, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – Nine SMU sophomores pursuing minors in public policy and international affairs have been selected as 2016 Highland Capital Management (HCM) Tower Scholars for the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies.

After a competitive process, Tower Scholars are chosen for their knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs, national security and defense and international political economy. They will develop mentor relationships with public policy practitioners, work with clients on actual cases and have access to global and national leaders, local business leaders and Tower Center board members. Senior-year directed-research projects along with Dallas-based placements provide real-world policy experience, and opportunities for relevant study-abroad options exist. READ MORE