Great Scholars Are Brewing in Shiner, Texas

They can’t even legally drink yet, but for four Shiner, Texas high school students, Shiner Beer is already having a profound impact on their college careers. Last fall, the Shiner Brewery Scholarship was awarded for the first time to two UT-bound high school students from the Southeast Texas town of Shiner—one each from the two … Read more

Forty Acres Scholar Elected to Liberal Arts Council

Arjun Rawal is a first-year Forty Acres Scholar, but he is already making an impact at UT. Rawal was recently elected as a member of the Committee on Academic Affairs for the Liberal Arts Council. As a member of the committee, Rawal will focus on facilitating discussions of academic issues and making sure that those … Read more

Student Starts Nonprofit to Aide Native Americans Living in Poverty

Joseph Washington is the recipient of Mrs. Harold Myers Texas Exes Scholarship. A startling 28.4 percent of Native Americans live in poverty, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. Across the nation, income, employment, and education levels on Native American reservations are considerably lower than the national averages. Troubled by these facts, Joseph Washington, a senior … Read more

Finding a Family: The Asian Alumni Network Scholarship

When the Asian Alumni Network awarded its first-ever scholarship to Elie Wu, they boosted a future leader who’s overcome some serious financial and family challenges. Read her story—and the story of the network’s first-ever scholarship—on the Alcalde. Photo courtesy the Austin History Center

Texas Exes Scholar Alexandra Atalis Prizes Perseverance

At age 6, Alexandra Atalis knew she wanted to pursue a top college education. Through expectations from her endearing yaya (Greek for grandmother) Atalis studied hard and always strived for the best. This attitude landed her at one of the best universities in the nation: The University of Texas at Austin. She is a leader … Read more

Black Alumni Network Endows John S. Chase Legacy Scholarship

John Saunders Chase, MAr ’52, Life Member, Distinguished Alumnus, knew he wanted to be an architect from a very early age. His wife, Drucie Rucker Chase, says that his earliest design—when he was just nine years old—was a tombstone for his grandmother’s grave. America in the 1950s and 1960s was a tough place for a … Read more

Scholarship Honoring Senator Judith Zaffirini Endowed by Son

It felt more like a family reunion than a formal endowment. Even surrounded by austere quotes of past University luminaries and the gilded seals of the Main Building’s Lee Hage Jamail Academic Room, it felt like a homecoming. Prominent members of The University of Texas community—from administrators to Texas Exes and students—gathered at the Tower … Read more

Forty Acres Scholar Elected to Student Government

Last spring, Ryan Millikin attended his first Forty Acres Scholars interview. Now, just a year later, Millikin will experience interviewing from the other side of the table as an elected First-Year Representative for UT’s Student Government. Millikin, a mechanical engineering major, decided to run for the position because he enjoyed being involved in student government … Read more

Hellen Awino Travels From Kenya to the Top of the Tower

At 8 years old, Hellen Awino moved from Kenya to the U.S. Her parents made the choice in hopes of giving their daughter more opportunities. When it came time for Awino to attend college, her decision came down to UT or A&M. It wasn’t until the Texas Exes Scholar interview process that she decided to … Read more

Alton Carr Masters Mandarin, Leadership

While at UT, Alton Carr II has made it his top priority to get involved on campus and in the Austin community. For the past three summers, Carr has served as a Camp Texas counselor and a mentor to children at Maplewood Elementary. And as a Texas Wrangler, this TEA scholar has participated in several … Read more