Emily Gex

As a seven-year-old girl, I ran a “company” where I bargained different colored rocks on the school playground. I think I can ultimately trace my love for business back to this point in my life. Throughout high school, I continued this entraprenurual streak by combining my interest in business
with my passion for fine arts. I taught classical piano lessons for five years, sold custom artwork, and started a company called K&E Canvas Creations that taught painting classes in Houston. Now, as a sophomore studying Business Honors and Finance, I am excited to continue exploring my future in the business world. I have always loved making art, and have twelve years of experience in studio art classes. I’m currently minoring in art history at UT because I never want to stop learning about this topic. I truly believe that knowledge of art leads to a better understanding of civilization’s classical roots, which in turn founds an interdisciplinary mind necessary for success. I’m also very interested in the intersection between public policy and business, and got the opportunity to study this concept more in Washington, D.C. this past summer. Understanding how
business effects our government is a skill that I believe is so valuable. This year I’ll be applying for the Business and Public Policy Program through McCombs, and am excited to explore options like law school in the future. Although I love business, art, and government, my faith is the most defining thing about me. I spent this past summer in Florida at a nine-week discipleship program though a Christian campus ministry called Student Mobilization, where I learned about God’s plan for my life and how to share my faith. I’m so excited to see what this year holds and to begin leading a Bible study in Chi Omega sorority.

Majors: Business Honors; Finance

Honors Program: Business Honors

Other Academic Interests: Public Policy, Art History

Extracurricular Activities: Student Mobilization, Chi Omega Sorority, K&E Canvas Creations, Curtsy Intern

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
I distinctly remember being at Finalist Weekend for the Forty Acres Scholarship and forgetting that money was part of the scholarship at all, which seems so contradictory. All I could think of while at Finalist Weekend was how much I loved the people I met. The older scholars were all so welcoming and successful, and I remember wanting to be just like them. I remember being so in awe of the other finalists around me. The students interviewing for the scholarship were casually talking about the books they had written, the medical research they had conducted. It was the first time in my life where I felt like I could gain something intellectually simply from conversing with the people around me. I knew that if I wanted to push myself to be the best version of myself, I needed the diverse and passionate group of Forty Acres Scholars around me. I totally forgot that money was even involved-all I knew is that I never wanted to leave these people.