San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

April 29th, 2010
Two SMHS seniors offered prestigious McDermott scholarships

042810IrenewestIrene Morse (left) and Weston Hearne were awarded the Eugene McDermott Scholarships. Photo by Nancy Smith.

STAFF REPORT

Two San Marcos High School students have been offered Eugene McDermott Scholarships to the University of Texas–Dallas. Seniors Irene Morse and Weston Hearne were recently offered the honor which is based on leadership skills and academic excellence. They attended a finalist’s weekend this past February.

The 10-year old McDermott Scholarship Program has a rigorous selection process and attracts academically talented students who are leaders in both the community and the school. Students who apply for the scholarship are required to be in the top five percent of their class.

The scholarship covers most all expenses including tuition and fees, travel and books and additionally provides a living expenses stipend. The scholarship also covers a diverse array of extracurricular experiences, including internships, travel, and cultural enrichment.

Mrs. Eugene McDermott founded the scholarship in honor of her husband, who was one of the co-founders of Texas Instruments.

San Marcos High School has not had a Eugene McDermott scholar since 2005.

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