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We are looking for students who in their vocation or avocation will help to further the democratic process – they might be pre-law majors, maybe they are pursuing an education degree because they want to teach government, maybe they are economics majors wanting to work in a think tank or maybe they are involved in the political process by helping run campaigns, serving on city committees, or just generally changing the world! Sumners Scholars alumni are currently serving on the Texas Supreme Court, as founder and CEO of an oil and gas company, volunteering in the Peace Corps, serving as city managers, working for think tanks, coordinating political campaigns, and working in the Texas State Capital just to name a few.

Qualifications:
  • Rising junior (current sophomore)
  • US citizen
  • Permanent resident of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arkansas, or Kansas
  • Attending college in Texas or Oklahoma
  • 3.25+ GPA
Benefits:
  • $15,000/year for each of those last two years of undergraduate work ($30,000 total) to cover tuition, on-campus room and board, fees, and books
  • Valuable network of professionals
  • Professional development activities, including internships, lecture series and more (*participation in several events per year is required)

The application for the At-Large Sumners Scholarship can be found on our website:  www.sumnersfoundation.org.  The pool of applications will be narrowed down and interviews will be conducted in May 2022.  The application deadline is April 19, 2022, at 5:00 PM.  A sample copy of the application is attached. Scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2022 to be initially be applied in the fall of 2022.

SU students have been very successful at securing this scholarship in the past. Set up a time to speak with SU fellowship advisor Alexandra Anderson, afca@southwestern.edu, about putting your best self forward in the application process.