March 2, 2009
From VisionSMU newsletter
Scholarships open doors for gifted students whose financial circumstances may be a barrier to education and a promising future. Jim Irsay ’81, owner and CEO of the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts and an Indiana native, envisioned opening these doors for Indiana students when he created the Irsay Family Scholarship.
“SMU provided me with a great education and the foundation for success in business and in life, and I wanted to create the same opportunity for promising young people in Indiana,” Irsay says.
Nicholas Nikides, a sophomore cinema/ television major, became the first Irsay Scholar in fall 2007 and is considering a career in the film industry after graduation. “The Irsay Scholarship doesn’t restrict me to any specific course of study,” he says. “It has allowed me to choose the major I truly wanted.”
First-year student Janiece Davis, who received her Irsay Scholarship in fall 2008, is studying psychology and hopes to earn a Ph.D. in psychology. “This scholarship is life- changing, and I don’t know where I would be without it,” Davis says. “It has provided options that I never imagined.”
Irsay Scholars receive a four-year full- tuition scholarship at SMU, and room and board support is available for students who choose to live on campus. To be eligible, students must be Indiana residents who graduated from an Indiana high school.
“We thank the Irsay family for this generous commitment to SMU,” says Linda Preece, director of endowment and scholarship giving. “The University is grateful for the resources to recruit outstanding students from Mr. Irsay’s home state of Indiana.”
To learn about creating a scholarship program, please contact Linda Preece at 214-768-4863 or email@example.com. Nicholas Nikides Janiece Davis