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High school senior chose SMU after receiving more than $1 million in scholarship offers

"SMU passed the smile test, which is where you smile at someone and see if they smile back."


The following is from the April1, 2016, edition of ABC News.

Mimi Mallory

Why SMU?

Here is how Mimi Mallory answered that question on her application:

When I first set foot on SMU's campus, I felt at home, comfortable, and safe. The more I explored the campus the more my initial impressions were reinforced. I have toured a dozen colleges and nothing came close to the comfortI found at SMU. It felt welcoming, and the students and faculty were all very friendly and helpful. SMU passed the smile test, which is where you smile at someone and see if they smile back. I discovered SMU on a trip to Dallas to watch Florida State play Oklahoma State, and I have since taken an official tour and visited it on one other occasion. After my official visit, I was in the airport leaving Dallas, and a man in front of me dropped his ticket and I picked it up for him. I was wearing my SMU shirt and it turned out he worked for SMU as an athletic fundraiser. He was very encouraging about the school and confirmed my opinion of SMU. I am impressed by SMU's strong network of alumni, as well as many opportunities to intern in Dallas' hospitals. This will be very helpful for me as I am planning to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. It turns out that I have two distant cousins who attended SMU: one graduated from SMU's law school, and the other graduated from the school of business. On top of everything else, having a Mustang as a mascot is perfect for an Equestrian. Pony Up!

April 6, 2016


Hard work definitely does pay off, or at least it does for one high school student, from Lynn Haven, Florida. Mimi Mallory, a senior at Mosley High School, was offered more than $1 million in merit-based college scholarships. 

“It was crazy,” Mallory, 18, told ABC News. “I just didn’t know what to think.” 

As one college acceptance after another came in, they were also paired with a lot of cash. Mallory was awarded a combined total of $1,052,400 from the 11 schools where she was accepted. 

The highest scholarship Mallory was offered came from Mercer University, totaling $212,000. She also received a full tuition scholarship from the University of Alabama. 

Mallory decided to accept the offer from her dream school, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. “It’s crazy to think I can go to SMU," she said. "I wasn’t expecting to because of how expensive it was."

SMU awarded Mallory $166,000 in scholarship money, so she will only have to pay a few thousand dollars each year out of pocket.

Though Mallory was shocked to receive such substantial scholarship awards, she has worked hard in preparation for the college admissions process, maintaining a high GPA and participating in several extracurricular activities. 

She is Vice President of the senior class, Secretary of her honors society, President of the productions team that runs the high school announcements, and still maintains a 4.625 GPA on a 4.0 scale. . .

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Mimi Mallory on horseback
Mallory has been an equestrian rider much of her life.


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