Program Outline and Selection Process

The Dedman College Scholars Program provides undergraduate students with an annual, merit-based scholarship for four years - eight consecutive fall and spring semesters - or until graduation, whichever comes first.

The Dedman Scholars program is composed of four years, each of which is designed to expose students to the many academic and intellectual opportunities at SMU.

Year 1: New Scholars are introduced to the SMU campus resources, faculty, students and SMU community through events designed exclusively for them.

Year 2: Scholars are introduced to faculty in their major. They continue to participate in specially designed events and workshops. Some may begin to conduct research in their major or field of interest.

Years 3 and 4: Scholars are guided toward the completion of long term research projects that can originate from many options such as the completion of a Senior Distinction Thesis, study abroad, study at SMU-in-Taos or from resources such as the Richter Fellowship Program, the Hamilton Research Fund, Mayer Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program, Tower Center Fellowship Program and Tower Scholars Program, Engaged Learning Projects and Big iDeas Grants. Scholars will be guided through career or graduate school options via on campus resources such as The Hegi Family Career Center.

Selection Process

A limited number of entering first-year students are selected to the Dedman College Scholars Program each year. Selection is competitive and based upon academic merit. To be considered, a student must be admitted to SMU as a first-year student whose primary major lies within Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and qualify academically for the University Honors Program. After a review of all eligible prospective students a select number are invited to submit a written application and interview with a committee of Dedman College faculty, staff, and current Dedman College Scholars. 

All transfer students, including first-year transfers, are not eligible for consideration. If a candidate is reviewed as a first-year applicant and is chosen as a recipient of the Dedman College Scholars award, but elects to take a gap year, the scholarship cannot be carried over to the new entry date. The candidate will need to reinterview. Also, President’s Scholars, Hunt Leadership Scholars and Mustang Promise Scholars awards supersede the Dedman College Scholars award. Prospective students who receive one of those scholarships are not eligible to receive the Dedman College Scholars award.  


In addition to the information above, recipients of this scholarship must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA, full-time enrollment with a primary major in Dedman College, and membership in the University Honors Program (UHP).

Beginning in Fall 2024 with incoming first-year students (SMU Class of 2028), Dedman College Scholars are eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year in merit-based scholarships from the program.