Besides providing a significant amount of financial support, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation offers its scholars access to numerous special programs and events.
In conjunction with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), the Sumners Foundation regularly sponsors the Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series, luncheons featuring nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
Luncheons are held in Dallas and all Hatton Sumners scholars are invited to attend alongside many elite metropolis business owners and leaders. General Tommy Franks, U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former White House press secretary Tony Snow have recently addressed the NCPA’s prestigious assembly.
Following the luncheons, Sumners scholars are escorted to a private room for private briefings with the speaker. Former-president Gerald Ford, then-governor George W. Bush, former governor Jeb Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are among the other prominent public figures with whom the Hatton Sumners scholars have held private meetings.
The Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference is hosted annually by the Center for Ethical Leadership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin to inspire, train and further develop student leadership skills.
The four-day program involves large sessions with acclaimed speakers, interactive small group sessions led by UT graduate students, a free leadership assessment with a workshop on how to interpret the results, and an opportunity to network with students hailing from universities and colleges all over the U.S. and Mexico as well as representatives from each U.S. military academy.
Key speakers from the recent 2013 conference include:
Past conferences have featured guest speakers such as:
Professional and post-graduate networking continues after graduation and is extended to each Scholar commensurate with their interests and career goals. Sumners Alumni events and activities are coordinated through the Foundation office.
Sumners Scholars Program
Location: 1201 Wesleyan St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm