The Scholars

Among the 12 women and 12 men who make up the program’s 2012 class, there are three valedictorians and three Presidential Scholar nominees. Together, they ranked in the top of their high school classes and their two-part SAT scores averaged 1536. In addition, 21 of the students received recognition in the National Merit Scholar Program. Half come from Texas, including 10 from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the rest from eight other states.

McDermott Scholars show the promise of being tomorrow's leaders. They are students whose intellect, ambition and leadership set them apart as individuals.

They are expected to be a strong influence on their university and their society.

They bring with them long histories of academic excellence and active engagement with their schools and communities.

They exemplify the characteristics of leadership, scholarship and citizenship: these are the hallmarks of an educated person.


The 2005 class of McDermott Scholars features the third-youngest chess grandmaster in the world and a U.S. Presidential Scholar.

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