Indescribable Changes, Immeasurable Dividends


Daniel Sanabria

For Daniel Sanabria of Wylie, Texas, community college provided an affordable incubator for interests in sociology, political science and history. Those first two years of college-level study helped pave his way to SMU.

Sanabria received a Dallas-area Community College Scholarship from SMU in fall 2009. Each year the University awards 10 full-tuition scholarships to students from the Dallas, Tarrant or Collin County community college districts. To qualify, students must have 50 transferable credit hours and a minimum 3.7 GPA.

“Knowing that the University chose to invest in me has changed me in ways that I can’t even describe,” he says. “People have high expectations of me, and I want to exceed those expectations by making meaningful changes in the world.”

A desire to make a difference led him to anthropology. “The field is geared toward understanding a specific societal problem in its entirety to develop effective solutions,” says Sanabria, a junior. “I would like to focus on developing community leadership programs and a stronger, more effective system of education.”

The scholarship makes a well-rounded college experience possible, Sanabria
says. He’s president of the Dedman College Ambassadors, a new student organization with a goal of building a sense of community among professors, alumni and prospective students within the University’s largest school.

“SMU needs students like Daniel who are natural-born innovators,” says Mara Morhouse, Office of Recruitment and Scholarship in Dedman College. “By offering scholarships to these student leaders, we help alleviate the stress involved in paying for higher education, which makes the University a feasible option for our country’s best and brightest undergraduates.”

Scholarships generate immeasurable dividends, Sanabria says, and not only for the students who receive them. “A scholarship isn’t just for an individual; it’s an investment in every life the recipient touches.”
– Patricia Ward

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    Keyan Nejat Ghafar January 11, 2012


    Hope all is well!

    I am very excited for you as i too was a student that was accepted from the dallas area community colleges through the SMU Scholarship as well. The amount of information you will learn over your academic career at SMU will prove to be worth the time and investment in the long run and the short run.

    Keep it up!

    KN Ghafar
    MSA – Cox School of Business
    Class of 2000
    Post Graduate Class of 2002

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    Jose Velasquez June 11, 2010

    WOA!!! I am so happy for Daniel. Keep going Danny! I will be there one day too. God bless all.

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