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

Forty Acres Scholars Program Announces Finalists

This year, with a new application process in place, more than 3,000 high school students applied to the Forty Acres Scholars Program, the premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Of that number, just 59 students were selected as finalists for the prestigious scholarship. The finalists have an average SAT score of 1450 and … Read more

Dallas Chapter Funds Second Forty Acres Scholarship

There was a lot to celebrate the night of November 19. At its 2014 scholarship dinner, the Texas Exes Dallas Chapter honored Rex W. Tillerson, BS ’75, Life Member, Distinguished Alumnus, CEO of ExxonMobil Corp., applauded the achievements of UT president Bill Powers and announced that the chapter had completed funding for its second Forty Acres Scholarship. … 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

New Application Process for All Scholarships Administered by the Texas Exes

There is a new application process for all scholarships administered by the Texas Exes. In the past, all entering freshmen were automatically considered for Texas Exes scholarships by simply applying for admission to UT using the ApplyTexas application. Current students were considered after completing a scholarship application through the Office of Student Financial Services. The new, … Read more

Texas Exes Awards Record $3.1 Million in Scholarships to UT Students [Infographic]

Why I Give: Carlos Zaffirini Jr.

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

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

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

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