Hunt Leadership Scholars Program


Max Benassi


Max Benassi

Max is a Senior from Rancho Santa Fe, California. He is interested in pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Math major with a minor in Biology.

High School Leadership Activities & Experiences:

  • Organized the Kids Korps Build-a-Bike, which assembles volunteers to assemble bicycles for children of military families whose parents are overseas and was a starting member in Sturdy Wings, a support group for students dealing with loss or grieving.
  • Participation in the Associated Student Body as Sophomore Class Secretary, and as a Junior participation in Los Locos, the premier school spirit organization. Senior Year I served as Senior Class Vice President.
  • Four years of Wrestling, Three of which were at the Varsity Level. At the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) tournament I placed 5th as a Sophomore, 3rd as a Junior, and 2nd as a Senior.

SMU Accomplishments

  • Co-President of the SMU Sailing Team
  • Founder and Driver of the SMU Redbull Soapbox Derby Team
  • Involvement in the Sigma Chi Fraternity including Alumni Chair and Tribune, founding the Brotherhood Chair position, Pledge Class/DerbyDays Chair
  • Global Business and Market Development Internship at Qualcomm Life
  • In talks with a new healthcare solutions startup wanting to set up a collaborative programming project with SMU Engineering

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

Friendship, Justice, and Learning