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 W. Sumners Scholars are invited to attend alongside many elite Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex business owners and leaders. Dr. Ben Carson, served on former President George W. Bush's President's Council on Bioethics, General Tommy Franks, U.S. Associate Suprme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow have addressed the NCPA's prestigious assembly.
Following the luncheons, Sumners Scholars are escorted to a 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 W. 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.
Professional and post-graduate networking continues after graduation and is extended to each Scholar commensurate with their interests and career goals. Sumner Scholars Alumni events and activities are coordinated through the Foundation office.