Why I Give: Carlos Zaffirini Jr.

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Carlos Zaffirini Jr., BBA ’03, JD ’06, Life Member, recently endowed a Texas Exes scholarship in honor of his mother, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, BS ’67, MA ’70, PhD ’78, Life Member, Distinguished Alumna. In a post that first appeared on his LinkedIn page, Carlos tells his family’s story and shares why he chose to give back. In … Read more

What I Learned at Winedale: Connor Healy

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College transforms you in ways you can’t predict. In this essay, Forty Acres scholar Connor Healy reflects on his time with the UT Shakespeare at Winedale program. The air at Winedale buzzes with Shakespeare. The wind hums soliloquys. The leaves dance to the rhythm of the verse. Shakespeare’s text has been spoken into the space for … Read more

Zaffirini Completes Funding for Scholarship Honoring His Mom

Zaffirini Completes Funding for Scholarship Honoring His Mom

Beginning next school year, a UT education will be made possible for a bright, young student from the Rio Grande Valley due to the ambitious efforts of Carlos Zaffirini Jr., BBA ’03, JD ’06, Life Member. Carlos Jr., founder of Adelanto HealthCare Ventures, has donated an additional $25,000 to complete funding for the $50,000 endowment he … Read more

For the Love of the Bassoon [Watch]

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Very few people find their life’s calling at age 7. Sarah Vogts is one of them. When Sarah Vogts was a second-grader in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, she watched a group of older classmates perform in a band concert in the school gym. While other kids fidgeted and daydreamed, Vogts was riveted. “There was this … Read more

52 Students Selected as Finalists for Forty Acres Scholars Program

Fifty-two outstanding high school students have been selected as finalists for the fourth-ever class of Forty Acres Scholars. The finalists will be brought to Austin this week to learn about the campus and to interview for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, the premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Among the … Read more

Dallas Chapter Celebrates 25 Years of Scholarships [Watch]

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The Texas Exes Dallas Chapter‘s scholarship program has been making Longhorns’ dreams come true for the past 25 years. More than 425 students have received nearly $1.5 million in scholarship money from the program. And the chapter’s VP of scholarships, Chris Hardesty, BBA ’08, says they’re only getting started. “Through the tremendous amount of growth … Read more

Real-World Advice: Consulting Firm Connects With Forty Acres Scholars

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Being a Forty Acres Scholar comes with some unique perks. Case in point: the chance to get an inside look into the world of consulting. During an informal lunch last week at the Alumni Center, alumni working at top consulting management firm McKinsey & Company spoke with scholars about the wide range of opportunities in … Read more

Forty Acres Scholars Promote Diversity Through TexasTogether

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Because UT is a campus full of people from different walks of life, Forty Acres scholars Mary Elizabeth Guerra and Caroline Meyerson, together with their friends Graham Bailey and Kornel Rady, noticed a disconnect between groups on campus and wanted to find a way to unite students to celebrate their diversity. From those ideas came … Read more

Top Faculty Share Advice With Forty Acres Scholars

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One of the biggest perks of being a Forty Acres Scholar is the opportunity to rub elbows with some of UT’s most talented faculty. Case in point: a series of sit-down Forty Acres Discussions (FADs) that the scholars in the Class of 2017 participated in earlier this semester. Communications professor John Daly, history and public … Read more

Dallas Chapter Scholarship Dinner Nets $300,000 [Watch]

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The Texas Exes Dallas Chapter annual scholarship dinner is always a red-letter day, but this year the chapter took things to the next level. In addition to raising a record-breaking $300,000 for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, last week’s fifth-annual dinner had a palpable sense of excitement. “We’re in awe,” says Jeff Duchin, BBA ’98, Life … Read more

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