UT Dallas McDermott Scholars

The 2017 McDermott Scholars

The 2017 class of Scholars is made up of 12 women and 11 men with 10 students from Texas, and 13 from 11 other states. Collectively, this class has an average two-part SAT score of 1563. 20 of the 23 received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program, 5 were high school valedictorians, 2 were high school salutatorians, and 5 were Presidential Scholar candidates.


Priya Agrawal

Priya Agrawal

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: Greenhill School
Major: Biology, Comparative Literature

Ruqiya Barreh

Ruqiya Barreh

Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: Harmony School of Political Science
Major: Neuroscience

Cameron Bossalini

Cameron Bossalini

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: St. Mark's School of Texas
Major: Electrical Engineering

John Davis

John Davis

Hometown: Round Rock, TX
High School: Round Rock High School
Major: Biology

Teni Fayiga

Teni Fayiga

Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School: Home School
Major: Arts and Technology, Computer Science

Chirag Gokani

Chirag Gokani

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: St. Mark's School of Texas
Major: Physics

Elizabeth Helfrich

Elizabeth Helfrich

Hometown: Bloomfield, MI
High School: International Academy
Major: Healthcare Studies

Jennifer Jenks

Jennifer Jenks

Hometown: Aurora, IA
High School: Linn Mar High School
Major: Neuroscience

Bethany Kasprzyk

Bethany Kasprzyk

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
High School: Chandler Preparatory Academy
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Christian Kondor

Christian Kondor

Hometown: Seminole, FL
High School: Largo High School
Major: Physics

Taylor Kyes

Taylor Kyes

Hometown: Gainesville, FL
High School: Eastside High School
Major: Marketing

Yilong Peng

Yilong Peng

Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: Vandegrift High School
Major: Biology, Psychology

Alex Polednik

Alex Polednik

Hometown: Broomfield, CO
High School: Legacy High School
Major: Computer Engineering

Carla Ramazan

Carla Ramazan

Hometown: Reno, NV
High School: Sage Ridge School
Major: Undeclared

Anna Schaeffer

Anna Schaeffer

Hometown: Strongsville, OH
High School: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Major: Undeclared

Rohit Shenoy

Rohit Shenoy

Hometown: Chandler, AZ
High School: Hamilton High School
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Evan Sun

Evan Sun

Hometown: Round Lake, IL
High School: Illinois Math and Science Academy
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Roma Venkateswaran

Roma Venkateswaran

Hometown: North Potomac, MD
High School: Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
Major: Visual and Performing Arts

Nikitha Vicas

Nikitha Vicas

Hometown: Coppell, TX
High School: Coppell High School
Major: Neuroscience

Alexis Vu

Alexis Vu

Hometown: Prosper, TX
High School: Prosper High School
Major: Computer Engineering

Austin Williams

Austin Williams

Hometown: McKinney, TX
High School: McKinney Boyd High School
Major: Mechanical Engineering