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

Longhorn Sisters—and Scholarship Recipients—Featured in The Bellaire Buzz

The Meyerson sisters—Anna, Caroline, and Rachel—are serious Longhorn fans. So serious, in fact, that the press is taking notice. The sisters, all current UT students, were recently highlighted in the Bellaire Buzz’s “Faithful Fans.” They’re no strangers to orange blood: Alfie Meyerson, BA ’81, JD ’84, and Pauline Meyerson, BBA ’81, Life Members, instilled Longhorn … Read more

Scholar Develops Passion for Health Care

For Rathika Mallepally, the TEA scholarship was more than just a monetary award. The scholarship came with a Longhorn support system ready to champion her every endeavor in college. As she nears graduation, Mallepally says the scholarship has influenced her college experience for the better. While at UT, the business honors and finance major has … Read more