Class of 2019

Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars

Emily Elson

Emily comes to SMU from Galveston, Texas. She intends to major in Physics and minor in Mechanical Engineering and Public Policy and International Affairs - and is especially interested in Astrophysics. With her experience and poster publication in a Factor VIII medical research lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch, she intends to connect the worlds of science, engineering and public policy together in order to facilitate research. In addition to the HCM Tower Scholars Program, Emily is a member of the University Honors and Dedman College Scholars programs.

Noelle Kendall

Noelle is from Coto de Caza, California and is majoring in Biological Sciences on the Pre-Medical Track with minors in French and Public Policy and International Affairs. She is a President's Scholar and an Honor Roll recipient. Her involvement at SMU includes the Kathy Crow Commons Council and her membership in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority on their Philanthropy and Academic Excellence committees. Noelle's public policy interests lie in health care and how to improve its application and acceptance in the US. Noelle is looking to gain hands-on experience in policy making and having an impact locally and nationally.

Zach Miller

Zach is from Springfield, Missouri and is majoring in Economics with Financial Applications with minors in Political Science and Public Policy & International Affairs. In addition to being an HCM Tower Scholar, he is a Dedman College Scholar and a member of the University Honors Program. His policy interests include monetary policy and campaign finance, among others. Previously, Zach has worked in political fundraising for a US Senate race and as a communications aide for a Dallas representative. He is also the founder and principal of Atlas Strategies LLC, a political consulting firm specializing in strategic communications and public affairs.

Destiny Rose Murphy

Destiny Rose is from Denton, Texas and is triple majoring in Political Science, English, and Philosophy, each of which she will be pursuing distinction in, as well as minoring in Human Rights and Public Policy & International Affairs. In addition to being an HCM Tower Scholar, she is a Dedman Scholar and a Second Century Scholar. In her free time, she writes and is managing editor for the Honors Magazine Hilltopics, competes with SMU's award winning competitive ballroom dancing team, and has founded a Rotaract club on campus to provide service for the greater Dallas community in conjunction with the Dallas Rotary Club. Her policy interests focus on the judicial branch and how policy can be affected through nontraditional, non-legislative means. She hopes to pursue a career in the judiciary, and dreams of one day becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

Bradley Potts

Bradley is a junior from Shreveport, Louisiana and is double majoring in political science and business management along with the HCM Tower Scholars public policy and international affairs minor. During his first two years of college, he was on the Honor Roll with High Distinction each semester, a Hilltop New Century Scholar, and served on the Armstrong Commons Council his sophomore year. Bradley is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the University Honors Program, where he serves as a student representative on the UHP Advisory Council. He is passionate about how federal and state fiscal policy influences small business growth in the United States and seeks to do research on what policies ameliorate the small business community. Following his undergraduate studies, Bradley intends on attending law school and concentrating in corporate and tax law to become either an in-house legal counsel or a lobbyist at a major American corporation.

Benjamin Prengler

Benjamin is a pre-law junior from Fairview, Texas. He is triple majoring in political science, economics, and public policy. He is minoring in Public Policy & International Affairs and philosophy. At SMU, Benjamin is a Student Senator and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Outside of SMU, Benjamin was a Political Advisor and Director of Social Media for a congressional campaign, and a member of Congressman Sam Johnson's Congressional Youth Advisory Council. Benjamin's interest in public policy ranges from political theory (specifically liberalism and multiculturalism) to intelligence and welfare. He joined the HCM Tower Scholars because of his desire to gain first-hand experience shaping the world through public policy. After his undergraduate career, Benjamin intends to attend law school and later enter public service.

Kelsey Shipman

Kelsey is a sophomore intending to major in Political Science, Economics, and Foreign Language (Spanish/Arabic) with minors in Computer Science, Human Rights, and Public Policy and International Affairs. She is a President's Scholar, as well as a member of the University Honors Program and Delta Delta Delta sorority. In addition, Kelsey serves on both the Student Senate and the Honor council. She is also involved with Armstrong Commons, where she serves as the Honors Mentor. By participating in the Tower Scholars program, she hopes to acquire a broader perspective on her studies on political science and economics, as well as garner real-world application of her academic learning. Kelsey is particularly interested in the study of foreign policy, especially as it relates to modern global conflicts.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith comes from Cypress, Texas, majoring in History and Political Science along with the Public Policy and International Affairs Minor he is pursuing through the Tower Scholars Program. Recipient of the James K. Hopkins Second Century Scholarship, Tim is often found around campus at meetings of the local College Democrats chapter or at Ford Stadium, where he can be seen marching as a member of the Mustang Band on the weekends. His international policy concerns revolve around relations in East Asian nations such as Japan, China, and North and South Korea, while domestically he wishes to examine the ongoing process of digitization in the public and private sectors. After graduation, he sees himself working within our nation's capital as a staffer for a congressman/woman or senator.

Evan Snyder

Evan is from Dickinson, Texas and majoring in Geology/Geophysics with minors in Spanish, Ethics, Math and Public Policy and International Affairs. His policy interest resides in energy, especially alternative energy and international energy relations. In addition to being a Tower Scholar, he is an Eagle Scout, a Dedman College Scholar, a Second Century Scholar, a member of the University Honors Program, and a member of the Robert S. Hyer Society. Evan is also a leader for the Wesley House campus ministry. He works on-campus for the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man preparing Mosasaur Fossils for a 2018 Smithsonian exhibit. He is currently working on a project researching marine slope failures and their relation to tectonic activity and tsunamis. Upon graduation, Evan plans to pursue a graduate degree and work in the energy field.

Sydney Tomlinson

Sydney is a Junior from Austin, Texas and is majoring in Business Management with minors in Arabic and Public Policy and International Affairs. At SMU, she has been a member of the cheerleading team for two years, and has won two national titles with the program. She is also involved in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as the Assistant Vice President of Recruitment and serves on the philanthropy committee, and is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. She is also an Intern for the Dean in the Cox School of Business. Sydney is honored to participate in the HCM Tower Scholars Program because it allows its students to become more involved on campus as well as gain significant insight from professionals in the field. Sydney's policy interests include, but are not limited to, the relations between government and private business, progress in the Middle East, as well as a concern for the rights of the unborn. After receiving her undergraduate degree from SMU, she intends to practice consulting with private businesses to improve their efficiency and internal policies before pursuing a graduate degree in either business or law.