UT Dallas McDermott Scholars

The 2014 McDermott Scholars

The 2014 class of Scholars is made up of 10 women and 15 men. It includes 14 students from Texas and 11 from 10 other states. Collectively, this class has an average two-part SAT score of 1545. 22 of the 25 received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program, 10 were high school valedictorians, and 5 were Presidential Scholar nominees. Click here to read more about the '14 Scholars.


Hans Ajieren

Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science
Major: Electrical Engineering

Stephen Badger

Hometown: Ocean Grove, New Jersey
High School: High Technology High School
Major: Electrical Engineering

James Ballard

Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida
High School: River Ridge High School
Major: Software Engineering

Preston Butler

Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee
High School: Maryville High School
Major: Neuroscience

Matara Hitchcock

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
High School: Blue Valley Southwest High School
Major: Emerging Media and Communications

Anishka Kappalayil

Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Liberty High School
Major: Biology

Elyse Mack

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
High School: Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Major: Art and Performance

Reilly Martinez

Hometown: Aubrey, Texas
High School: Billy Ryan High School
Major: Electrical Engineering

Grace McClure

Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Coram Deo Academy
Major: Cognitive Science

Dhruv Narayanan

Hometown: Tyler, Texas
High School: Robert E. Lee High School
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Derrick Ngo

Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: Lake Travis High School
Major: Biomedical Engineering & Molecular Biology

Ali Peterkort

Hometown: Newberg, Oregon
High School: Saint Mary’s Academy
Major: Psychology & Arts & Performance

Christy Purnadi

Hometown: Coppell, Texas
High School: R.L. Turner High School
Major: Finance & Economics

Raja Reddy

Hometown: Harlingen, Texas
High School: Science Academy of South Texas
Major: Neuroscience

Matthew Salm

Hometown: Grafton, Wisconsin
High School: Grafton Senior High School
Major: Mathematics

Pooshan Shah

Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: McNeil High School
Major: Computer Science

Sanaa Tejani

Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Plano Senior High School
Major: Biology

Rebecca Tjahja

Hometown: Cerritos, California
High School: Gretchen Whitney High School
Major: Finance

Alex Tomkovich

Hometown: Lewisville, Texas
High School: Lewisville High School
Major: Computer Engineering

Samuel Vallejo

Hometown: Rancho Cordova, California
High School: Mira Loma High School
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Sahana Venkatesh

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
High School: Leesville Road High School
Major: Biology

Aaron Weittenhiller

Hometown: Hallsville, Texas
High School: Hallsville High School
Major: Electrical Engineering

John Will

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
High School: Ocean Lakes High School
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Ximone Willis

Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Ben Wroblewski

Hometown: McKinney, Texas
High School: McKinney North High School
Major: Biology

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