Rose Cahalan

Rose Cahalan

First Class

Four years after welcoming its inaugural class to campus, the Forty Acres Scholars Program watches its first graduates cross the stage. For years, UT had been losing Texas’ most talented high school students to the Ivy Leagues. In 2011, the Texas Exes introduced the university’s premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship program. With a comprehensive program that … Read more

Meet the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2019

The Texas Exes is pleased to announce the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2019. More than 3,000 students applied this year for the University of Texas at Austin’s premiere full-ride, merit-based scholarship, and 19 outstanding scholars were selected from a group of 59 finalists. The scholars include entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, engineers, athletes, and volunteers. Among their number is an … Read more

“This Scholarship Set Me Free”: Highlights from the 2014 Scholarship Dinners

The powerhouse Texas Exes scholarship program broke its own record yet again this year, awarding a mind-boggling $3.1 million to 675 students. And last week, all of those students and their donors were invited to break bread together at three dinners: one each for named scholarships (Sept. 3), the Forty Acres Scholars Program (Sept. 4), and chapter … Read more

For the Love of the Bassoon [Watch]

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

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

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


Meet Alejandra Ortega: UT freshman, Forty Acres Scholar, aspiring math teacher, and the first high school graduate in her family. The Houston native explained how UT’s most esteemed full-ride merit scholarship has changed her life. Did your parents push you to aim for college? They never pushed me, but when they saw it was what … Read more

Texas Exes Awards $2.53 Million to 684 Students at Scholarship Dinners

Scholarships are more often than not a nameless, faceless exchange: a donor writes a check, and eventually a student uses that money to fund an education. Not so at the Texas Exes, where our scholarship team makes sure that students and donors get the chance to meet and get to know each other—and grow that … Read more

Houston Chapter Holds Scholarship Dinner

Can’t see this slideshow? Click here. Houston’s River Oaks Country Club turned burnt-orange on March 23 for the Texas Exes Houston Chapter‘s spring scholarship dinner. The guests of honor were longtime UT boosters Suzan Glickman, BS ’64, Life Member, and Julius Glickman, BA ’62, LLB ’66, Life Member, Distinguished Alumnus. “The Glickmans have done so … Read more

Forty Acres Finalists Get Red-Carpet Treatment

More than 40 of the nation’s top high school seniors got to know The University of Texas a little better this weekend at the annual Forty Acres Scholars Program Finalists Weekend. From visits to UT’s schools and colleges to an amphibious Austin Duck tour, the 41 finalists for UT’s most elite full-ride merit scholarship got … Read more

Introducing the 2013 Forty Acres Scholars Program Finalists

The University of Texas’ most prestigious scholarship is moving closer to selecting its third class. From the more than 28,000 students who applied to the University, 41 finalists have been selected for the Forty Acres Scholars Program. They’re an elite bunch. They hail from six states and 16 Texas counties and have an average SAT … Read more