“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

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

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]

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

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

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