These examples are from among the broad range of endowed scholarships and graduate fellowships created through the campaign. View a complete list.

Growing Scholarship Programs


New academic scholarships include those offered by schools for students who express advance interest in schools’ major programs – Cox BBA Scholars, Meadows Scholars, Dedman College Scholars, Lyle Scholars, Simmons Scholars and Dedman Law Scholars. Annual gifts for multi-year scholarships also provide essential support. President’s Scholarships, the highest academic awards given by the University, and Hunt Leadership Scholarships, which provide support for students with a combination of academic and leadership abilities, have continued to be crucial for attracting and retaining top students.

Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program


(L-R) Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, Ross Perot, Jr., Ross Perot, Thomas W. Luce, III, Margot Perot.

A gift from Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., endowed the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program at SMU, honoring Luce’s dedication to law and community while helping infuse scholarship students with his integrity and commitment to public service. In addition to financial support, students will have both formal and informal opportunities to learn directly from Luce, who was a founding partner in the Dallas-based legal firm of Hughes & Luce LLP.

Study Abroad Scholarships


Scholarships for international study established during The Second Century Campaign enable students without the necessary financial resources to benefit from the extraordinary educational experience of immersion in a foreign culture. A commitment from Kathryn H. Arata ’87, ’91 and Stephen L. Arata ’88 established the Arata Centennial Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. Commitments from The Kelly Compton (’79) Family Endowment Fund for Global Education and Billie Ida Williamson ’74 each provide annual support for students who choose to participate in Study Abroad. A gift by Michael Disque ’64 and his wife, Cherri, also supports students with financial need wishing to take part in SMU Study Abroad or the Embrey Human Rights Program trip to Poland.