SMU alumna Sarah Perot and Ross Perot, Jr. gifted $1.75 million to SMU’s Dedman School of Law in honor of Thomas Luce III, former chief of staff of the Texas Select Committee of Public Education and a graduate of SMU, Dedman, and Highland Park High School.
The money will fund the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program, providing students with scholarships and a mentor who has dedicated his life to public service.
“Tom Luce is the role model for what a lawyer should be,” Perot, Jr. said. “We hope that with this scholarship Tom will be able to attract great students to SMU, teach them to be great attorneys, and also to focus on public service.”
The Perots’ gift creates a $1.5 million endowment for the program and $250,000 in operating funds for the first five years.
The grant brings SMU $13 million away from its $1 billion goal for SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign.
Luce is the founding CEO and chairman of the Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative. He is a founding partner of Hughes and Luce, LLP, a former assistant secretary of education under President George W. Bush, and one-time Texas gubernatorial candidate.