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Dedman Distinguished Scholars Alumni

AlumniCommitteeRiverboatUpon graduation Dedman Distinguished Scholars have gone on to enroll in the country’s best graduate programs, medical and law schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, University of Chicago, and MIT.  Dedman Scholars also compete for and win prestigious post baccalaureate scholarships.  Three have been awarded a British Marshall Scholarship, two a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one a Rhodes Scholarship, and one a Hertz Foundation Fellowship and National Science Foundation Fellowship. 

Not only have Dedman alumni worked in presidential administrations, prestigious law firms, consulting agencies, engineering firms, and top universities, but many have pursued careers in non-profit and public service.  Dedman Alumni also include physicians, architects, financial analysts, software engineers, entrepreneurs, illustrators, and designers, to name a few. Alumni stay connected through social media and occasional events on campus, and they are available for mentoring and networking with current students.


Featured Alumni 

Sai Gourisankar, Class of 2015

SaiGMajoring in Plan II and chemical engineering, Sai published his research in nanotechnology for biomedical therapy. He won three major national engineering scholarships, including the prestigious Astronaut Foundation Scholar Award, and was then awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2015. He is currently studying at Oxford, studying applied mathematics and public policy, and will pursue his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Stanford when he returns. 


Graham Davis, Class of 2002

GrahamDavisPicAs a Plan II/Spanish major, Graham spent his summers interning at the White House and studying abroad in Venezuela and Spain. Dedicated to service, upon graduation Graham founded Eastside Community Connection, a non-profit organization serving low-income Austin neighborhoods. After three years as director, he went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School and has since worked for internet start-up companies in Austin. 


Ronnye Vargas Stidvent, Class of 1996

RonnyeStidventPicVeronica “Ronnye” Vargas Stidvent was a Plan II/American Studies major at UT. She won the Texas Exes Leadership Award and went on to Yale Law School. She served in the White House as a presidential policy advisor and then as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor in 2004. She is now the chancellor at Western Governors University.


A Retrospective: Dedman Alumni Reflect on their Experiences in the Program

(2014) As the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program approaches its 25th Anniversary in 2015, we interviewed Program Director Dr. Larry Carver and a few Austin-area alumni about their experiences in the program. This video captures their reflections as they describe their favorite memories, what they learned, and how the program impacted them. 

"Reflections on the Dedman Scholars Program"