Students selected as Hunt Leadership Scholars will receive an annual Hunt Scholarship over four years. The Hunt Scholarship will replace and supersede any centrally administered merit aid, but Hunt Scholars may also be eligible for additional departmental scholarships or need-based aid for a total scholarship package valued up to the cost of tuition and fees. In addition, because leaders of the 21st century will need to have a global vision in any area of leadership, the scholarship also covers the airfare for a leadership-based study abroad program immediately following each scholar's sophomore year. The Hunt Scholarships covers about 75% of tuition and fees.
Approximately 25 entering first-year students at Southern Methodist University each year will be selected as Hunt Leadership Scholars. Leadership is the primary criterion for selection. Around sixty finalists are invited to interview (the interview is required for consideration for the Scholarship) in March. All applicants will be notified of whether or not they have been selected as finalists via email in mid-February. In addition to submitting an application for admission to SMU, students applying for the Hunt Leadership Scholarship must submit an additional essay and YouTube video statement.