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Triple major earns full-tuition Hutchinson Scholarship to SMU law school

April 28, 2014

When Kyle Zunker ’12 received a phone call from the Dedman School of Law admissions office at Southern Methodist University, he was expecting them to repeat the same previous offer extended to him. That was not the case. The dean of admissions called to award him the Hutchinson Scholarship: a full tuition, merit- based academic scholarship to the Dedman School of Law. Zunker was stunned since most scholarships for schools had already been awarded. Surprised and thankful, Zunker accepted. This fall, he begins classes at SMU.

A triple major in English writing, Spanish and philosophy, Zunker says his education at Texas Lutheran University allowed him to develop strong academic integrity. The fact he was even able to triple major was an advantage.

“All three of my majors prepared me for law school and each brings something different to that pursuit,” Zunker says. “I learned how they’re all connected, cross referenced and strengths in the field of law.”

His desire to continuously learn and explore analytical thinking propelled him towards pursuing law school. While unsure as to what type of law he’ll go in to, he feels confident and well prepared.

“I was encouraged and appreciated at TLU both academically and socially,” Zunker says. “There is really no way to explain how important it is to have good relationships with professors and university staff. TLU offers that. From professors to staff in the business office, they know your name and are there to help.”

As a recent alumnus, he calls many of his professors close, personal friends. Their guidance, knowledge and encouragement are what he says helped him most as a student.

“Everyone is there to help you do your best,” Zunker says. “At TLU, you can be as successful as you want to be.”

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