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SMU Scholarships

dfwstudentdfwstudent Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
I love SMU, I am from North Dallas and and grew up around SMU and the campus. I really want to attend after high school, but financial issues are difficult (50k+ a year). My family would be considered high income, however we are not excessively rich and with my sister at a University currently, 50k is not easy. With a high income, I am not likely to receive need based aid, but I am hoping my academic achievements can earn me enough merit based scholarships to attend. Also, outside of the Presidents and Hunt Scholarships, I am very confused about what scholarships SMU has.

Unweighted GPA- 3.7
EC's- Tons; National Honor Society, Young Men's Service League (VP), loads of volunteer hours, work for special needs program at my church, Lacrosse team, Debate team.

Any insight as to which scholarships I should apply for, or any money I could possibly receive, would be appreciated greatly. Thanks in advanced!
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Replies to: SMU Scholarships

  • sunshine341sunshine341 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    SMU automatically grants you merit based scholarships, and you don't need a separate application for those or anything. I got $20,000 from SMU and $5,000 from Cox (their business school) for their BBA scholars program, and my stats are pretty similar to yours, so no need to worry.
  • dallaskiddallaskid Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Like sunshine said you dont have to fill out a separate app. SMU was very generous to me and I got $60,000 off with a founder's scholar. And another $20,000 from their BBA scholars program. My stats were similar to yours - Little bit lower test score, little bit higher GPA. Good Luck!
  • ekviolaekviola Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    My test scores are almost identical to yours and I was offered $20,000/year without having to fill out any extra scholarship application forms. I was also invited to interview for the Presidential Scholarship, which is a full ride.
  • Bandmom123Bandmom123 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    ekvoila: You said that you were invited to interview for the Presidential Scholarship. Was that for this year or are you a current student? If it was this year, would you mind telling us how the invite came, email, call, snail mail??? And when it came. Thanks!
  • wlammiiiwlammiii Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    My D received her invite as a President's Scholar nominee in a letter just before Christmas. Just made our reservations!! Super excited.
  • ekviolaekviola Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Bandmom123, the invite was for this year. I will be a freshman in college in the fall. The invite came by snail mail a few days after Christmas, like wlammiii mentioned.
  • Bandmom123Bandmom123 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Ekviola: Congratulations! That's exciting for you. I was just wondering if that means that's it for early action kids for the Presidential scholarship.
    Has anyone heard yet about the Hunt Scholarship yet?
  • PerunaLovePerunaLove Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected to interview for the Hunt scholarship by the last week of February. Good luck!
  • cheerupcheerup Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Congrats ekviola and wlammiii on your invites to interview for the President's scholarship.
    Will you be so kind as to post stats please ?
    SAT, ACT, GPA, National Merit Finalist or commended or neither, etc
  • ekviolaekviola Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    GPA- ~3.9 unweighted
    ACT- 33
    Rank- 16/483
    AP Scholar with Distinction
    not a NMF/SF
  • elmofrenchelmofrench Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Hi there, I am going to probably apply EA to SMU and I am aiming to be a President Scholar. I know it is very difficult to become one so I want some advice.

    ACT: 31 (35 eng) (28 math) (28 sci) (34 read)
    ECs: Bunches: NHS VP, Key Club, Art Club, STUCO, Spanish Club, FCCLA, BPA, and a lot of community service to sum it up really quick. (These are several activities i have participated in over the past 4 years)
    I am going to take SAT subjects next month and am currently waiting on SAT results

    I do realize only about 50-60 people out of the several thousand admitted are awarded this scholarship but do you think i have a chance? I am bilingual, have a disability, and have won state, national, and international art competitions. I am just worried that my ACT won't be high enough (i was aiming for a 34 but dont have time to take another one before applying). If i had a higher ACT would that make the difference? I live in a rural Oklahoma town and go to the local high school. Any input would be great! ty
  • brawny77brawny77 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Your score of 31 converts to about a 1380 SAT. The median score of those who get interviewed for the Presidential scholarships is 1500. Still they look at other things as well like class rank. I would stress your national and international acievements in the application. That is something that will separate you from many candidates. Good luck!
  • elmofrenchelmofrench Registered User Posts: 22 New Member

    I think I am going to try to get a 33. However, that means I would have to go with Regular Decision. I talked to one of the admissions counselors who said that scholarship money starts going fast after RD but I know that even if I got 75% of my tuition paid I still could not afford to attend there. Do you think I will hurt my chances if I apply RD to get my score up and aim to be a PS?
  • EbowyangEbowyang Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    Does anybody know if there's any international student who's awarded merit-based scholarships? (eg. the Presidential Scholarship)

    I'm an international student here at Bishop Lynch High School, with SMU being one of my match schools, but sadly I was told by their financial aid office that SMU doesn't give need-based (also institutional) aid to international students. I would need at lease 20K per year in order to attend, so I assume that's all going to be from merit-based scholarships.

    Thanks for any insight or name-referencing...
  • tristatecoogtristatecoog Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    From what I know, the Presidential Scholarship has a heavy focus on leadership.
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