A Summer in Spain for Linda Shi

When Forty Acres Scholar Linda Shi walked into her Spanish Civilization class last spring, she had no intention of studying abroad in Barcelona. But that quickly changed. “After that class, I fell in love with this idea of Spain,” says Shi, a recipient of the Ray and Denise Nixon Forty Acres Scholarship.  “It was something I … Read more

Trailblazer

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

Monica Bischoff Interns at Microsoft

Monica Bischoff had never lived outside of Texas when she left for a 12-week financial internship with Microsoft in Redmond, Washington this past summer. While she admits that the adjustment to living and working on her own was difficult, she found her time with Microsoft too rewarding to say anything less than positive about the … Read more

Forty Acres Scholar Studies Food Security at German University

Stephanie Eisner has wasted no time in getting real-world experience relevant to her public health major. The junior Forty Acres Scholar spent two months in Germany this summer at the Georg-August University at Göttingen’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, where she studied the market for palm oil in Indonesia and the economic, ecological, … Read more

Forty Acres Scholar Spends Summer in Spain

Architecture and Plan II sophomore and Forty Acres Scholar Rachel Larson spent her summer in Spain packing picnic lunches to eat on the beach, gazing at Gothic architecture, and planning weekend trips to other countries—all while polishing her Spanish skills. Larson spent six weeks in Santander living with a host mother and her toy poodle … Read more

‘The Most Exhilarating Two Months of My Life’: A Forty Acres Scholar Goes Abroad

Akos Furton is a UT sophomore studying business honors and mathematics and the recipient of the Ray and Denise Nixon Forty Acres Scholarship. Furton was a featured speaker at this year’s Forty Acres Scholarship Program Dinner, which was held last week at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. The following is a transcript of his remarks. As … 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

‘We’re Expecting Great Things From You’: Named Scholarship Recipient Thanks Donors

Mark Mikhaeil is a UT senior studying mechanical engineering and the recipient of the Beverly R. and Jack P. Randall Family Challenge Grant. Mikhaeil was a featured speaker at this year’s Texas Exes Named Scholarships Dinner, which was held last week at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. The following is a transcript of his remarks. On … Read more

Texas Exes Awards Record $2.53 Million in Scholarships to UT Students [Infographic]

‘So Much More Than a Check’: Chapter Scholarship Recipient Shares Her Story

Veronica Maes is a UT junior studying chemical engineering and a recipient of the Texas Exes Houston Chapter AIM Foundation Scholarship. Maes was asked to speak at the Association’s Chapters Scholarship Dinner on Aug. 29 to share how the scholarship has made a difference in her UT career. I grew up in a small town … Read more

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