2023

Grace Brandt

Hometown: Harrison, AR
High School Name: Harrison High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science major, CCPA, Law & Legal Reasoning, and History minors

High School Accomplishments:

  • President of Key Club
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • Founding Member of the Arkansas Coalition of Student Voices in Education

SMU Accomplishments:

  • University Honors Program
  • Student Foundation
  • Delta Gamma Vice President of Communications
  • Pre-Law Scholars

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

The amalgamation of preparation and action within the Hunt Scholars program thrills me. Not only will I be continuously equipped for dynamic and influential leadership, but I will be furnished with tangible opportunities to employ the skills I am developing.

Reece Breaux

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School Name: Episcopal School of Dallas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business major

High School Accomplishments:

  • Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm
  • Environmental Club President
  • Young Men's Service League- Dallas President

SMU Accomplishments:

  • University Honors Program
  • BBA Scholars Program
  • Student Foundation Member

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am excited to join a small group of people like myself who have a desire to lead and succeed.

Trevor Burke

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School Name: Saint Mark's School of Texas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics majors, with a focus in Pre-Medicine

High School Accomplishments:

  • TedTalk Speaker
  • Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader
  • NASA Internship

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Mustang Band Tuba Player
  • Honor Roll with High Distinction
  • Propulsion and Aerospace Engineer in SMU’s Rocketry Club
  • Engineer for Power Train in FSAE
  • Mustang Mavericks Country-Western Dancer

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I like the opportunity to connect with so many other inspirational and determined individuals across so many unique disciplines. It is these experiences that I remember the most, learn the most, and grow the most as an individual, and I am so honored to share it with such a great group of people.

Camille Carson

Hometown: Southlake, TX
High School Name: Carroll Senior High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Biology major

High School Accomplishments:

  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Tuba Section Leader
  • Drum Corps International

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Mustang Band

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I’m excited about all of the unique opportunities I will have to grow as a leader and to have a close knit group of like minded peers.

Sydney Castle

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
High School Name: The Meadows School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Administration and Marketing majors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Student Body President
  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Varsity Cheer Captain

SMU Accomplishments:

  • First-Year Student Senator
  • Business Direct Admit
  • Rotunda Scholar
  • Student Foundation (Homecoming Parade Co-Coordinator)
  • Crum Council Executive Member
  • Chi Omega Sorority Member

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am eager to be part of a small community that provides countless opportunities for students. I remember sitting at the Hunt dinner a couple of months ago feeling so empowered by the incredible people surrounding me in that room. I found that being a Hunt means constantly working to be a better version of yourself and I cannot wait to learn from these inspiring individuals.

Aidan Click

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School Name: Cistercian Preparatory School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Finance major

High School Accomplishments:

  • Finance Club President
  • Leader of ACT/SAT Tutoring Program for Cristo Rey Dallas
  • Student Council Class Representative

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Business Direct Admit
  • Student Foundation
  • Boulevard Investment Group

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am excited for the opportunity to be surrounded by so many driven leaders who will push me to further develop my leadership skills and inspire me to be active in the SMU and Dallas communities.

Matt Daniel

Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
High School Name: Mission Viejo High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Finance major

High School Accomplishments:

  • Eagle Scout
  • True North Christian Club President
  • FCA Leader

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Hilltop Scholar
  • BBA Scholar

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I’m very excited to be paired with like-minded scholars who genuinely care about leadership and service. The opportunities for Hunt scholars are immense, and I can’t wait to explore all of them!

Brooklyn Dean

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
High School Name: Desert Mountain High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Management major, Advertising and Corporate Communication & Public Affairs minors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Student Body President
  • Scottsdale Charros Female Student of the Year
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Youth Leadership Council Member

SMU Accomplishments:

  • The Big Event Assistant Director
  • Pi Beta Phi VP of Community Relations
  • Vice President of Student Affairs Student Advisory Board Member
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am so excited to be a part of such a welcoming community of leaders who all have a drive to change the world. This once in a lifetime opportunity offers so many experiences we would not get anywhere else.

Raleigh Dewan

Hometown: Austin, TX
High School Name: Regents School of Austin
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business and Creative Writing majors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Editor in Chief of School Newspaper and Literary Magazine
  • Founder and CEO of Sister Shaq Sweet Tea

SMU Accomplishments:

  • BBA Scholar

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I’m excited to join a group of incredible peers dedicated to making a difference in their community along with developing themselves.

Arjun Dodanari

Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School Name: Imagine International Academy of North Texas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Management and Economics majors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Junior World Affairs Council President
  • Business Owner of an E-Commerce Website
  • Youth and Government Two-Time State Distinguished Delegate

SMU Accomplishments:

  • BBA Scholar
  • Hilltop Scholar
  • Alpha Kappa Psi VP of Alumni Relations

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

Throughout my high school career, it was always my goal to incite the most amount of positive change to the community around me. Now that I am a Hunt Scholar, I am so excited to continue that goal with like minded individuals that share my excitement to incite a real difference in the community around us.

Ruth Anne Emmerson

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School Name: Ursuline Academy
Major(s)/Minor(s): Journalism and Economics majors, Public Policy and International Affairs minor

High School Accomplishments:

  • Editor-in-Chief of Ursuline Academy's newspaper, "The Bear Facts"
  • Ursuline Academy Ambassador
  • National Honors Society Officer

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar
  • William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism
  • Chi Omega Panhellenic Delegate
  • SMU's The Big Event Programming Committee
  • Student Foundation Family Weekend Concert on the Lawn Coordinator
  • The Daily Campus Staff Writer

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am so looking forward to being challenged and inspired by a group of like-minded leaders, all of whom enter SMU eager to serve, learn, and contribute to the SMU community and beyond.

Wade Glover

Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School Name: Liberty High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Analytics & Supply Chain Management and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs on the Political Communications track

High School Accomplishments:

  • Student Body President
  • Texas Boys State
  • Executive Producer for Wingspan TV

SMU Accomplishments:

  • University Honors Program
  • Meadows Scholar
  • Student Body Vice President
  • Student Foundation Vice Director of Finance
  • RA for Mary Hay, Peyton, and Shuttles Residential Commons

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am excited to be a part of a community of great people that inspire, encourage, and support each other.

Shelby Lauren Griffith

Hometown: Little Rock, AR
High School Name: Little Rock Christian Academy
Major(s)/Minor(s): Public Policy and Economics majors, Art History, History, and Political Science minors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Intern at Arkansas Municipal League
  • Founder and Student Leader of the Seventh Street Toy Drive Nonprofit
  • Model UN President
  • More Than Me Nonprofit Board Member

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Hilltop Scholar
  • Pre-Law Scholar
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Board Member, Community Service Chair
  • Project Manager at the Hunt Institute
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Philanthropy Committee Member
  • Campus Services Student Advisory Panel

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am most excited about being in a leadership and service based community at the beginning of my college career and to meet role models at the Tate Lecture Series.

John Heldman

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School Name: Episcopal School of Dallas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Finance and French majors, History minor

High School Accomplishments:

  • Student Government
  • French Club Vice President, then President
  • Student Ambassador

SMU Accomplishments:

  • BBA Scholar
  • University Honors Program
  • Pre-Law Scholars Program
  • Vice President of Sigma Chi
  • Boulevard Investment Group Executive
  • Student Foundation General Member

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I love the idea of entering SMU already in a tightly knit group of other Hunt members. It will also be so exciting to have the Hunt program as a platform for me to continue practicing my leadership and experiencing SMU to the fullest. Something that I am especially looking forward to is enjoying the Tate Lecture series and the special opportunities that being a Hunt member provides.

Piper Holden

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
High School Name: Saint Anne's-Belfield School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Management and Public Policy majors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Student Body President
  • School Newspaper Editor-in-Chief
  • Director and Co-Creator of the Greenway Symposium Speaker Series

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, DEA
  • Delta Gamma President
  • Hunt Leadership Scholars Program Student Assistant
  • Delta Gamma VP Foundation
  • Student Foundation Homecoming Chair
  • Caswell Leadership Coach

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I love being apart of a group of diverse, driven, and compassionate leaders who I have had the privilege to collaborate with throughout my four years at SMU. As a Senior, I love assisting in helping to uplift the next generation of leaders on the Hilltop.

Keystone Jones

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
High School Name: Gilman School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Marketing and Film & Media majors

High School Accomplishments:

  • President of Black Student Union

SMU Accomplishments:

  • BBA Scholar
  • Connect Mentor

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

Being able to meet people who match my enthusiasm and passion.

Deana Kajmakovińč

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
High School Name: Pinewood School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science and Business Analytics majors, Spanish, Human Rights, and Law & Legal Reasoning minors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Editor-in-Chief of The Perennial, Scholastic Award-Winning School Newspaper

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Henry S. Miller Undergraduate Research Fellow, Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs
  • Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Dedman Interdisciplinary Institute
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Dialogue, SMU’s Political Science Journal
  • Lead Attorney, Mock Trial Team
  • 2020 Homecoming Parade Coordinator, Student Foundation
  • Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
  • University Honors Program
  • Pre-Law Scholar

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am incredibly humbled to be a part of a diverse group of students who share the same passion for their interests as I do, and am looking forward to growing with them as we challenge each other and take advantage of the many opportunities offered to Hunt Scholars.

Camilia Mohamed

Hometown: Nashville, TN
High School Name: Brentwood High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Supply Chain & Business Analytics and Anthropology majors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Yearbook Editor-in-Chief
  • Public Forum Debate State Champion & Top 60 in U.S.
  • DECA Vice President and 1st in State Marketing Communications
  • President and Founder of Multicultural Club
  • Vice President of Environmental Team, Green School of Excellence Award
  • South Sudan Refugee OBS Fundraiser Director

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Residential Assistant in MHPS Commons
  • University Honors Program
  • Meadows Scholar
  • Vice President in Consult Your Community
  • Campus Services Advisory Board Representative
  • President of Internal Affairs of Middle Eastern Student Association

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am looking forward to surrounding myself with a network of individuals who are driven and share my intellectual curiosity. Hunt Scholars encourage diverse thought and collaborate to change their community for the better, and I can't wait to be a part of this family. Both in Dallas and abroad, I seek to use this opportunity to develop my thinking and grow as an individual.

Kate Morales

Hometown: Edgewater, NJ
High School Name: Leonia High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Public Policy and Economics majors, Spanish minor

High School Accomplishments:

  • Junior State of America's Mid-Atlantic State Executive Director of Debate
  • Project Manager of 'Tis the Season for Style (benefiting Dress for Success)
  • Varsity Debate Team Captain

SMU Accomplishments:

  • SMU Ambassador, SMU Undergraduate Admissions
  • The Big Event, Director of Logistics 2020-21
  • The Big Event, Director of Marketing and Communications 2021-22
  • Member of Student Foundation
  • Leadership Team Member of RUF Campus Ministry

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I’m excited to be challenged by students with whom I share the same drive and passion for learning. The community is truly one of a kind and is comprised of some of the greatest people who I’m so ready to spend the next four years with.

Raahim Pathan

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
High School Name: Richardson High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Chemistry and Finance majors, Pre-Med Track

High School Accomplishments:

  • Cross Country, Track & Field
  • National Speech & Debate Captain
  • Student Council Officer

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I am excited to join a community of learners who share the same ambition to become world changers. As a Hunt Scholar is to improve SMU's diverse academic and cultural community by inspiring others to follow their passion despite their obstacles.

Rhys Prosser

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School Name: Chaminade College Preparatory School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science and Business majors, Chinese and Law & Legal Reasoning minors

High School Accomplishments:

  • Mock Trial Founder and President
  • Missouri Youth and Government Chapter Founder and President
  • Newspaper Editor-in-Chief

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Student Body Treasurer, Student Senate
  • Chair of Tate Lecture Series, Student Foundation
  • VP of Membership, Mock Trial Team
  • Student Ambassador, Office of Undergraduate Admission
  • Member of Sigma Chi
  • University Honors Program
  • Pre-Law Scholars Program

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

Community. Entering such a daunting period of change as college, it was invaluable to be immediately surrounded by the Hunt Scholar community. Not only did I feel instantly at home, but I have since been able to grow and flourish in my academic and extracurricular pursuits. Being constantly supported and inspired by fellow Hunt Scholars has allowed me to set the foundation for a successful life ahead.

Victoria Sullivan

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
High School Name: Bishop McGuinness High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Marketing major, Spanish minor

High School Accomplishments:

  • Senior Class President
  • Club 29 Junior Rotarian
  • 2017 5A Cheerleading State Champion

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Student Foundation Content Chair
  • Student Foundation External Affairs
  • Student Senate Communications
  • Member of Chi Omega
  • Hilltop Scholar
  • Business Direct Program

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

I’m ecstatic to be a part of such a tight-knit community of amazing leaders!

Emma White

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School Name: J.J. Pearce High School
Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Entrepreneurship major, Songwriting minor

High School Accomplishments:

  • J.J. Pearce High School Best Buddies Founder and President
  • Student Government Secretary
  • Art History Club Media Chair

SMU Accomplishments:

  • Hilltop Scholar

What do you like most about being a Hunt Scholar?

What excites me the most about being a Hunt Scholar is the unknown. So far, I’ve heard about the amazing opportunities that this program creates for students, through things such as the first year leadership class or access to the Tate Lecture Series. However, I know the program is going to be even greater than I’m imagining. There will be so many things to learn and experience through this program, I just don’t know what they are yet. I’m so excited to experience all of these "unknowns."