Hunt Leadership Scholars Program


Olivia Cassidy


Olivia Cassidy

Olivia is a Senior from Plano, Texas. She is pursuing degrees in Film & Media Arts, English, and Spanish.

High School Leadership Activities & Experiences:

  • Junior and Senior Class President
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Homecoming Queen
  • Expanded the tradition of Senior Philanthropy Day; organized and funded a fun day with the senior class for one hundred elementary school students from a less-privileged area of Dallas

SMU Accomplishments

  • SMU Honor Roll with High Distinction
  • Study Abroad: SMU-in-Paris (summer), SMU-in-Oxford (summer) and SMU-in-Spain (semester)
  • Chi Omega sister and pledge class Model Initiate
  • Alternative Spring Break in Quito, Ecuador
  • Student Filmmakers Association and internships, including with Fox’s Comedy Development department in Los Angeles, the Dallas Film Society, and Twentieth Century Fox
  • Learning Enhancement Center Tutor

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

The community is amazing. Every Hunt Scholar is humble, warm, and genuine, but you always know they’ve done something incredible. Older Hunts always look out for the younger ones; when I decided to study abroad, I had numerous Hunts reach out and give me advice, and I actually stayed with an older Hunt who had moved to Paris. Almost every organization on campus has a Hunt scholar behind the wheel, and often times those that do are the most successful. We rely on each other for help – for example, Daniel Poku, who founded the philanthropy organization Mustang Heroes, can call on Amanda Presmyk, who was the past president of Student Filmmakers Association, to help him make a trailer to advertise his organization to freshman. We are one big family, and this community of leaders truly seeks to encourage each other rather than compete. Many of my closest friends and role models - certainly some of the most accomplished and respectable people I’ve ever met - are part of the Hunt program.