First Group of Eugene McDermott Scholars Named By The University of Texas At Dallas

Program Expected to Enhance UTD's Burgeoning National Reputation



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from The University of Texas at Dallas

    RICHARDSON, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Formally launching a program
 made possible by a $32-million gift by the widow of one the co-founders of
 Texas Instruments and modeled after the prestigious Morehead Scholars program
 at the University of North Carolina, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)
 today announced its first class of Eugene McDermott Scholars -- 20 young men
 and women with exceptional records of accomplishment, dramatically diverse
 interests and significant leadership potential.
     As McDermott Scholars, the 12 men and eight women selected will have all
 of their educational expenses -- including travel, participation in innovative
 special programs and room, board and supplies -- covered for the next four
 years.  The students, 17 of whom are from Texas, will enroll at UTD, one of
 the fastest-growing public universities in the country, for the fall semester.
     Mrs. Margaret McDermott, whose gift last September making the scholars
 program possible was by far the largest gift in UTD's history, said after
 reviewing the selection process and the group of students chosen that she was
 "delighted with the first class picked by the university."
     "I said last fall, when I announced the gift in memory of my husband, that
 I expected the McDermott Scholars to be well-rounded, ethical, smart and eager
 to learn," she said.  "I think this group of young men and women exemplifies
 those standards."
     Eugene McDermott, who died in 1973, was a life-long supporter of
 excellence in education.  He and his TI co-founders, Cecil Green and the late
 Erik Jonsson, a former mayor of Dallas, founded the research institution that
 more than three decades ago became The University of Texas at Dallas.
     "The McDermott Scholars program each year will bring some of the best and
 brightest young students in the country to UTD, and that inevitably will
 enhance the prestige of the university," said University President Dr.
 Franklyn G. Jenifer.  "UTD already has a national reputation in such areas as
 computer science, engineering and audiology, and the McDermott program can
 only raise UTD's stature even higher."
     UTD Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, who played
 a major role in overseeing the evolution of the Eugene McDermott Scholars
 Program from a concept to a reality, praised Mrs. McDermott for making the
 program possible and said he had "no doubt that the program would produce many
 future leaders."
     "This is a great opportunity for the student-scholars selected, to be
 sure," Wildenthal said.  "But I think they will pay us back many times over
 with the contributions they make to society.  We will expect them to be
 leaders from the first day they set foot on campus."
     Because all of their expenses will be paid, the McDermott Scholars will be
 free from the need to work outside of school and will be able to participate
 in a wide range of artistic, cultural and educational enrichment activities
 the program directors will arrange for them.  The McDermott experience also
 will include travel opportunities, beginning with a two-week orientation and
 leadership-training exercise in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before classes begin
 this fall.  At the end of their freshman year, the students will spend two
 weeks as a group in Washington, D.C.  The program also will pay for
 international study and travel.
     The director of the McDermott Scholars Program, Dr. Charles Leonard, said,
 "We're extremely pleased and proud to have been able to recruit such a stellar
 group of young people to be the pioneers in the program.  Of course, their SAT
 scores are above the 95th percentile; of course, their grades are exemplary.
 But what sets the McDermott Scholars apart from other very bright high school
 students are their demonstrated leadership skills in their high schools and
 their records of commitment and voluntarism in their communities."
     Leonard pointed out that the members of the first class of McDermott
 Scholars had chosen UTD and the McDermott program over offers from such
 schools as Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rice University, The
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Washington
 University in St. Louis, The University of Texas at Austin, The California
 Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley and many
 others.  The group includes class presidents and valedictorians, captains of
 school robotics and debate teams, volunteer tutors, church youth-group
 leaders, musicians, athletes, Junior ROTC commanders, competitive chess
 players, concert pianists, artists, and fluent speakers of French, Spanish,
 Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese.
     Beginning with this class, each year The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
 will recruit 20 students from throughout Texas and from selected schools in
 other states.  For additional information on the program, please call
 972-883-4610 or visit the McDermott Scholars Program web site at
 www.utdallas.edu/mcdermott.
     The first McDermott Scholars are listed below, alphabetically by Texas
 city for Texas residents and alphabetically by state for those from outside
 Texas.
 
                                     TEXAS
 
                                     AUSTIN
     --  Timothy James Hise of LBJ High School in Austin, son of Hazel and
         Lewis Hise.  Timothy is an active member of his high school's Student
         Senate, National Honor Society, Campus Advisory Council, and Principal
         Advisory Board.  He plans to major in education and become a teacher.
 
                                    BELLAIRE
     --  Ms. Jennifer JeanJean Fu of Bellaire High School in Bellaire, daughter
         of Mrs. Rae Chou.  Jennifer is an active member of Student Government,
         Model United Nations, and Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and does numerous
         hours of volunteer work at Memorial-Hermann Hospital.  She plans to
         study in the sciences or engineering.
 
                                  COLLEYVILLE
     --  Robert George Sterie of Colleyville Heritage High School in
         Colleyville, son of Sally and George Sterie.  Robert is an athlete,
         participating on his high school's football, track, power lifting and
         cross-country teams.  He plans to study in the sciences or
         mathematics.
 
                                     DALLAS
     --  William Justin Appleby of The School of Science & Engineering at
         Townview in Dallas, son of Mary Ann and Robert Appleby.  Justin has
         participated in his high school's Computer and Science Teams, National
         Honor Society, and Student Government, holding numerous leadership
         positions within these organizations.  He plans to study physics or
         electrical engineering.
 
     --  Daniel Quinn Erwin of Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, son
         of Theresa and Hugh Erwin.  He participates in Boy Scouts of America
         and the National Art Honor Society.  Daniel wants to study art and
         mathematics.
 
                                   DEER PARK
     --  Ryan Denver Davidson of Deer Park High School in Deer Park, son of
         Mrs. Joanne Eanes.  In high school, Ryan has been active in the Mu
         Alpha Theta Math Club, Academic Decathlon and Interact.  He volunteers
         and is very active in his community.  Ryan plans to major in political
         science.
 
                                    DENISON
     --  Brian Wesley McMenamy of Denison High School in Denison, son of Vicki
         and Stanley McMenamy.  Brian is a member of the Peer Assistance and
         Leadership Program, National Honor Society and the United Service
         Club.  Brian is well traveled and plans on studying in the social
         sciences or business administration.
 
                                     FRISCO
     --  Eric James Kildebeck of Frisco High School, son of Diann and Jim
         Kildebeck.  He has played in both his high school's marching and wind
         symphony band; he also has been active in the National Honor Society.
         Eric plans to study electrical engineering.
 
                                    GARLAND
     --  Nicolas Charles Dempsey of Garland High School, son of Mrs. Judy
         Dempsey.  Nicolas is member of his high school band and theatre
         department, National Honor Society, and the International
         Baccalaureate Program.  Nicolas plans to study in the School of Human
         Development.
 
                                    HOUSTON
     --  John Lin Hwang of Memorial Senior High School, son of Kyong and Seung
         Hwang.  During high school, John has been active in the Student
         Council and the volunteer organization, Memorial Mustang Outreach
         Bunch.  He plans to study telecommunication.
 
                                      KATY
     --  Laura Azar Rashedi of James E. Taylor High School, daughter of Sandra
         and Dr. Reza Rashedi.  Laura is a member of the National Forensic
         League -- Speech and Debate Team, Girl Scouts of America, the high
         school yearbook staff, National Honor Society and Odyssey of the Mind.
         Laura also volunteers at Katy Christian Ministries.  She plans to
         study biology.
 
     --  Aidan Skoyles of James E. Taylor High School in Katy, son of Roberta
         and Derek Skoyles.  Aidan has participated in Odyssey of the Mind,
         Destination Imagination, Boy Scouts of America, and his high school
         golf team.  He plans to study electrical engineering.
 
                                    KINGWOOD
     --  DeLisa Lynn Lay of Kingwood High School, daughter of Kathy and Michael
         Lay.  DeLisa enjoys music and sings in both her church and school
         choirs.  She also is active in the National Honor Society and a book
         club.  DeLisa plans to study either in the Humanities or
         Interdisciplinary Studies.
 
                                     PLANO
     --  Emily Anne Hinz of Plano Senior High School, daughter of Bonnie and
         Lorne Hinz.  Emily is a member of the National Honor Society and the
         Environmental Club.  She is an active participant in both her school
         and church musical programs.  Emily enjoys working on art projects and
         attending musicals.  While at UTD, she plans to study computer science
         and geosciences.
 
                                   RICHARDSON
     --  Kelsey Blanche Condra of Richardson High School, daughter of Debra and
         Ed Condra.  Kelsey is active on her high school newspaper staff and in
         the National Honor Society.  She has done volunteer work for a
         homeless shelter and continues to tutor elementary school students.
         Kelsey plans to major in the humanities and literary studies.
 
     --  Megan Elizabeth Creasey of J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson,
         daughter of Julia and Jim Creasey.  She is captain of the Robotics
         Team, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, Engineering Club, and
         National Honor Society.  She also is a ballet dancer.  Megan wants to
         pursue a double degree in physics and electrical engineering.
 
     --  Sarah Islam of L. V. Berkner High School in Richardson, daughter of
         Almasi and Mohammad Islam.  Sarah is an active member of the National
         Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, Spanish Club, National
         Spanish Honor Society, and volunteers for the Holy Land Foundation.
         Sarah founded Berkner's chapter of the Muslim Students Association.
         She plans to major in cognitive science, and thereafter attend medical
         school.
 
                                    ALABAMA
     --  Robert Christopher Hastings of Baldwin County High School in Bay
         Minette, Alabama, son of Robert and Teri Hastings.  Chris is a soccer
         player and a member of the AFJROTC, Key Club, French Club and the
         Kitty Hawk Air Society.  He plans to study electrical engineering.
 
                                 SOUTH CAROLINA
     --  Walter Everett Voit of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, South
         Carolina, son of Ann and Eberhard Voit.  Walter is a member of his
         high school's soccer, basketball, and Quiz Bowl teams and plays the
         piano.  Walter plans to study computer science.
 
                                   WISCONSIN
     --  Morgan Feeney of Walden III High School in Racine, Wisconsin, daughter
         of Dorothy and Thomas Feeney.  Morgan is a member of her high school's
         Academic Decathlon team and chess team.  Morgan writes poetry and
         wants to major in literary studies.   She plans to play for UTD's
         national collegiate-champion chess team.
 
     About UTD
     The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of
 Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major
 multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls
 approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students.  The school's
 freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state
 universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad
 assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.
 
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    RICHARDSON, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Formally launching a program
 made possible by a $32-million gift by the widow of one the co-founders of
 Texas Instruments and modeled after the prestigious Morehead Scholars program
 at the University of North Carolina, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)
 today announced its first class of Eugene McDermott Scholars -- 20 young men
 and women with exceptional records of accomplishment, dramatically diverse
 interests and significant leadership potential.
     As McDermott Scholars, the 12 men and eight women selected will have all
 of their educational expenses -- including travel, participation in innovative
 special programs and room, board and supplies -- covered for the next four
 years.  The students, 17 of whom are from Texas, will enroll at UTD, one of
 the fastest-growing public universities in the country, for the fall semester.
     Mrs. Margaret McDermott, whose gift last September making the scholars
 program possible was by far the largest gift in UTD's history, said after
 reviewing the selection process and the group of students chosen that she was
 "delighted with the first class picked by the university."
     "I said last fall, when I announced the gift in memory of my husband, that
 I expected the McDermott Scholars to be well-rounded, ethical, smart and eager
 to learn," she said.  "I think this group of young men and women exemplifies
 those standards."
     Eugene McDermott, who died in 1973, was a life-long supporter of
 excellence in education.  He and his TI co-founders, Cecil Green and the late
 Erik Jonsson, a former mayor of Dallas, founded the research institution that
 more than three decades ago became The University of Texas at Dallas.
     "The McDermott Scholars program each year will bring some of the best and
 brightest young students in the country to UTD, and that inevitably will
 enhance the prestige of the university," said University President Dr.
 Franklyn G. Jenifer.  "UTD already has a national reputation in such areas as
 computer science, engineering and audiology, and the McDermott program can
 only raise UTD's stature even higher."
     UTD Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, who played
 a major role in overseeing the evolution of the Eugene McDermott Scholars
 Program from a concept to a reality, praised Mrs. McDermott for making the
 program possible and said he had "no doubt that the program would produce many
 future leaders."
     "This is a great opportunity for the student-scholars selected, to be
 sure," Wildenthal said.  "But I think they will pay us back many times over
 with the contributions they make to society.  We will expect them to be
 leaders from the first day they set foot on campus."
     Because all of their expenses will be paid, the McDermott Scholars will be
 free from the need to work outside of school and will be able to participate
 in a wide range of artistic, cultural and educational enrichment activities
 the program directors will arrange for them.  The McDermott experience also
 will include travel opportunities, beginning with a two-week orientation and
 leadership-training exercise in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before classes begin
 this fall.  At the end of their freshman year, the students will spend two
 weeks as a group in Washington, D.C.  The program also will pay for
 international study and travel.
     The director of the McDermott Scholars Program, Dr. Charles Leonard, said,
 "We're extremely pleased and proud to have been able to recruit such a stellar
 group of young people to be the pioneers in the program.  Of course, their SAT
 scores are above the 95th percentile; of course, their grades are exemplary.
 But what sets the McDermott Scholars apart from other very bright high school
 students are their demonstrated leadership skills in their high schools and
 their records of commitment and voluntarism in their communities."
     Leonard pointed out that the members of the first class of McDermott
 Scholars had chosen UTD and the McDermott program over offers from such
 schools as Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Rice University, The
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Washington
 University in St. Louis, The University of Texas at Austin, The California
 Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley and many
 others.  The group includes class presidents and valedictorians, captains of
 school robotics and debate teams, volunteer tutors, church youth-group
 leaders, musicians, athletes, Junior ROTC commanders, competitive chess
 players, concert pianists, artists, and fluent speakers of French, Spanish,
 Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese.
     Beginning with this class, each year The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
 will recruit 20 students from throughout Texas and from selected schools in
 other states.  For additional information on the program, please call
 972-883-4610 or visit the McDermott Scholars Program web site at
 www.utdallas.edu/mcdermott.
     The first McDermott Scholars are listed below, alphabetically by Texas
 city for Texas residents and alphabetically by state for those from outside
 Texas.
 
                                     TEXAS
 
                                     AUSTIN
     --  Timothy James Hise of LBJ High School in Austin, son of Hazel and
         Lewis Hise.  Timothy is an active member of his high school's Student
         Senate, National Honor Society, Campus Advisory Council, and Principal
         Advisory Board.  He plans to major in education and become a teacher.
 
                                    BELLAIRE
     --  Ms. Jennifer JeanJean Fu of Bellaire High School in Bellaire, daughter
         of Mrs. Rae Chou.  Jennifer is an active member of Student Government,
         Model United Nations, and Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and does numerous
         hours of volunteer work at Memorial-Hermann Hospital.  She plans to
         study in the sciences or engineering.
 
                                  COLLEYVILLE
     --  Robert George Sterie of Colleyville Heritage High School in
         Colleyville, son of Sally and George Sterie.  Robert is an athlete,
         participating on his high school's football, track, power lifting and
         cross-country teams.  He plans to study in the sciences or
         mathematics.
 
                                     DALLAS
     --  William Justin Appleby of The School of Science & Engineering at
         Townview in Dallas, son of Mary Ann and Robert Appleby.  Justin has
         participated in his high school's Computer and Science Teams, National
         Honor Society, and Student Government, holding numerous leadership
         positions within these organizations.  He plans to study physics or
         electrical engineering.
 
     --  Daniel Quinn Erwin of Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, son
         of Theresa and Hugh Erwin.  He participates in Boy Scouts of America
         and the National Art Honor Society.  Daniel wants to study art and
         mathematics.
 
                                   DEER PARK
     --  Ryan Denver Davidson of Deer Park High School in Deer Park, son of
         Mrs. Joanne Eanes.  In high school, Ryan has been active in the Mu
         Alpha Theta Math Club, Academic Decathlon and Interact.  He volunteers
         and is very active in his community.  Ryan plans to major in political
         science.
 
                                    DENISON
     --  Brian Wesley McMenamy of Denison High School in Denison, son of Vicki
         and Stanley McMenamy.  Brian is a member of the Peer Assistance and
         Leadership Program, National Honor Society and the United Service
         Club.  Brian is well traveled and plans on studying in the social
         sciences or business administration.
 
                                     FRISCO
     --  Eric James Kildebeck of Frisco High School, son of Diann and Jim
         Kildebeck.  He has played in both his high school's marching and wind
         symphony band; he also has been active in the National Honor Society.
         Eric plans to study electrical engineering.
 
                                    GARLAND
     --  Nicolas Charles Dempsey of Garland High School, son of Mrs. Judy
         Dempsey.  Nicolas is member of his high school band and theatre
         department, National Honor Society, and the International
         Baccalaureate Program.  Nicolas plans to study in the School of Human
         Development.
 
                                    HOUSTON
     --  John Lin Hwang of Memorial Senior High School, son of Kyong and Seung
         Hwang.  During high school, John has been active in the Student
         Council and the volunteer organization, Memorial Mustang Outreach
         Bunch.  He plans to study telecommunication.
 
                                      KATY
     --  Laura Azar Rashedi of James E. Taylor High School, daughter of Sandra
         and Dr. Reza Rashedi.  Laura is a member of the National Forensic
         League -- Speech and Debate Team, Girl Scouts of America, the high
         school yearbook staff, National Honor Society and Odyssey of the Mind.
         Laura also volunteers at Katy Christian Ministries.  She plans to
         study biology.
 
     --  Aidan Skoyles of James E. Taylor High School in Katy, son of Roberta
         and Derek Skoyles.  Aidan has participated in Odyssey of the Mind,
         Destination Imagination, Boy Scouts of America, and his high school
         golf team.  He plans to study electrical engineering.
 
                                    KINGWOOD
     --  DeLisa Lynn Lay of Kingwood High School, daughter of Kathy and Michael
         Lay.  DeLisa enjoys music and sings in both her church and school
         choirs.  She also is active in the National Honor Society and a book
         club.  DeLisa plans to study either in the Humanities or
         Interdisciplinary Studies.
 
                                     PLANO
     --  Emily Anne Hinz of Plano Senior High School, daughter of Bonnie and
         Lorne Hinz.  Emily is a member of the National Honor Society and the
         Environmental Club.  She is an active participant in both her school
         and church musical programs.  Emily enjoys working on art projects and
         attending musicals.  While at UTD, she plans to study computer science
         and geosciences.
 
                                   RICHARDSON
     --  Kelsey Blanche Condra of Richardson High School, daughter of Debra and
         Ed Condra.  Kelsey is active on her high school newspaper staff and in
         the National Honor Society.  She has done volunteer work for a
         homeless shelter and continues to tutor elementary school students.
         Kelsey plans to major in the humanities and literary studies.
 
     --  Megan Elizabeth Creasey of J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson,
         daughter of Julia and Jim Creasey.  She is captain of the Robotics
         Team, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, Engineering Club, and
         National Honor Society.  She also is a ballet dancer.  Megan wants to
         pursue a double degree in physics and electrical engineering.
 
     --  Sarah Islam of L. V. Berkner High School in Richardson, daughter of
         Almasi and Mohammad Islam.  Sarah is an active member of the National
         Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, Spanish Club, National
         Spanish Honor Society, and volunteers for the Holy Land Foundation.
         Sarah founded Berkner's chapter of the Muslim Students Association.
         She plans to major in cognitive science, and thereafter attend medical
         school.
 
                                    ALABAMA
     --  Robert Christopher Hastings of Baldwin County High School in Bay
         Minette, Alabama, son of Robert and Teri Hastings.  Chris is a soccer
         player and a member of the AFJROTC, Key Club, French Club and the
         Kitty Hawk Air Society.  He plans to study electrical engineering.
 
                                 SOUTH CAROLINA
     --  Walter Everett Voit of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, South
         Carolina, son of Ann and Eberhard Voit.  Walter is a member of his
         high school's soccer, basketball, and Quiz Bowl teams and plays the
         piano.  Walter plans to study computer science.
 
                                   WISCONSIN
     --  Morgan Feeney of Walden III High School in Racine, Wisconsin, daughter
         of Dorothy and Thomas Feeney.  Morgan is a member of her high school's
         Academic Decathlon team and chess team.  Morgan writes poetry and
         wants to major in literary studies.   She plans to play for UTD's
         national collegiate-champion chess team.
 
     About UTD
     The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of
 Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major
 multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls
 approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students.  The school's
 freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state
 universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad
 assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.
 
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