During each year of their SMU education, Hunt Leadership Scholars are expected
to engage actively in the SMU community. Through this engagement, students can
hone their leadership skills, with the aim of eventually assuming leadership
This expectation is unsurprising. After all, HLS students have received this
award on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability. And, when Nancy Ann and
Ray L. Hunt established the scholarship, their vision was for the scholars to
continue growing in their leadership skills, and to enrich the SMU community as
SMU is especially fertile soil for leadership growth opportunities. The SMU
community is large and diverse enough to offer hundreds of organizations with
different missions. Yet the community is small enough to permit students to
assume meaningful leadership roles within groups that significantly impact the
quality of the campus community.
For instance, past Hunt Scholars have become strong and effective leaders in SMU
campus governing bodies and student organizations. Their leadership has ranged across the SMU Student Senate, Greek communities, student representation to the Board of Trustees, Student Foundation, Program Council, Relay for Life, and a host of other activities and structures that are
integral to the SMU community.