The McDermott Scholars
The current cohort of 94 Scholars (Classes of 2011-2015) is 56% male and 44% female, and 58% of these Scholars come from outside the state of Texas. More than 40 of them are National Merit Scholars, and over 15 of them were their high school's valedictorian.
McDermott Scholars show the promise of being tomorrow's leaders. They are students whose intellect, ambition and leadership set them apart as individuals.
They are expected to be a strong influence on their university and their society.
They bring with them long histories of academic excellence and active engagement with their schools and communities.
They exemplify the characteristics of leadership, scholarship and citizenship: these are the hallmarks of an educated person.
The McDermott Scholars are an eclectic and multi-talented group of individuals.
At the ceremony announcing the $32-million gift that endowed the Program in her husband's memory, Margaret McDermott said she expects McDermott Scholars to be "well-rounded, ethical, smart, eager to learn, and curious."
McDermott Scholars represent the best their high schools have to offer: they are at or near the top of their graduating classes, they score at the 97th percentile or higher on college entrance exams, and they exhibit leadership in their schools and in their communities. They come not just from all over Texas, but from schools in other states and other countries.
McDermott Scholars have chosen UTD and The McDermott Scholars Program over offers from schools such as Harvard, Rice University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, Duke University, the University of California-Berkeley, the California Institute of Technology, and many others.
McDermott Scholars are class presidents and valedictorians; captains of school robotics, computer programming, and debate teams; volunteer tutors; youth-group leaders; athletes; competitive chess players; musicians; artists; and speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, and Hindi.
They are future physicians, engineers, scientists, business leaders, attorneys, and teachers.
Their superb education and leadership training are the McDermott family's gift to the 21st century.