Meet the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2021

The Texas Exes is pleased to announce the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2021. More than 4,998 students applied for the University of Texas at Austin’s premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship, and 14 exceptional scholars were selected from a group of 45 finalists. These impressive scholars range from writers to musicians, athletes to philanthropists. Among the … Read more

Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2021 Finalists Announced

The Forty Acres Scholars Program has announced an impressive list of 45 finalists for the Class of 2021. These high school seniors, who hail from four states outside of Texas—and of course from all over the Lone Star State—are exceptional inside and outside of the classroom. Among them are founders of companies and nonprofits, app … Read more

Meet the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2020

The Texas Exes is pleased to announce the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2020. More than 3,400 students applied for the University of Texas at Austin’s premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship, and 21 exceptional scholars were selected from a group of 58 finalists. The scholars range from musicians to athletes, and filmmakers to volunteers. Among the impressive class is a business owner, a … Read more

Forty Acres Scholars Finalists Announced

The Forty Acres Scholars Program announced 58 finalists for the Class of 2020 and their accomplishments are as impressive as ever. Among them are class presidents and team captains. Some are filmmakers, coders, and musicians. Others have founded startups and nonprofits and become published authors. We can’t imagine what they’ll do during their time on the Forty Acres. … Read more

The Wizarding World of Giancarlo Bernini

Getting to know a magical Forty Acres Scholar The résumés of super-achieving high school students often look the same. But Giancarlo Bernini, a recipient of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship supported by Nolan Perez, always stood out in his hometown of Mission, Texas. At 19, Bernini, Class of 2019, is a professional … Read more

Life of Bronwyn

Talking to a multifaceted Forty Acres Scholar At the University of Texas at Austin, there are artists who stare at the horizon, researchers who never leave the lab, and self-starters who will probably be CEOs before they graduate. Bronwyn Scott, a junior from Houston who is triple-majoring in biochemistry, history, and Plan II honors, is … Read more

“This Program Hasn’t Just Blessed My Life”: Marisa Swanson Reflects on Her Cohort’s Four Years

Marisa Swanson is a UT senior studying social work and Plan II and the recipient of the Tom and Sally Dunning Forty Acres Scholarship. Swanson was a featured speaker at this year’s Texas Exes Dallas Chapter Scholarship Dinner at the Belo Mansion. The following is a transcript of her remarks. Good evening. I am delighted … Read more

Texas Exes Awards $3.45 Million in Scholarships to UT Students [Infographic]

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

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