Introducing the 2013 Forty Acres Scholars Program Finalists

The University of Texas’ most prestigious scholarship is moving closer to selecting its third class. From the more than 28,000 students who applied to the University, 41 finalists have been selected for the Forty Acres Scholars Program.

They’re an elite bunch. They hail from six states and 16 Texas counties and have an average SAT score of 1430. This year’s finalists aim to study in almost all of UT’s colleges and schools, from fine arts to business, education, and engineering. They’ll be in Austin from April 4-6 for Finalists’ Weekend, where they’ll tour campus, visit with their school or college, meet current scholars and alumni, and even see the city via the amphibious Austin Duck Tour, among other activities. The weekend will conclude with interviews that will help select the final group of scholarship recipients.

Forty Acres Scholars Program associate director Kristy Kimball says she’s eagerly awaiting Finalists’ Weekend. “We’ve been reviewing applications since January and earlier, so it will be great to finally meet the students,” Kimball says. “We feel like we already know them, and we can’t wait to get to know them better.”

Below, meet the 2013 Forty Acres Scholars Program finalists.

Ashley Alcantara

Lamar High School
Houston, TX

Claire Creighton

Carroll Senior High School
Southlake, TX

Trey Curran

Jesuit College Preparatory School
Plano, TX

Sam Dalton

Highland Park High School
Dallas, TX

Genaro DeLeon

HM King High School
Kingsville, TX

Rachel Dick

Tanque Verde High School
Tucson, AZ

Milan Doshi

Elkins High School
Missouri City, TX

Gabriela Estrada

Business Careers High School
San Antonio, TX

Sarah Fischer

Leonardtown High School
Mechanicsville, MD

Tyler Freed

Alamo Heights Senior High School
San Antonio, TX

Connor Frew

McKinney Boyd High School
McKinney, TX

Ben Giddens

Alamo Heights Senior High School
San Antonio, TX

Jonathan Go

Wichita Collegiate School
Andover, KS

Julio Gonzalez

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School
McAllen, TX

Mark Gorthey

Westlake High School
Austin, TX

Madison Gove

Dickinson High School
Dickinson, TX

Nicole Grunwald

Pantego Christian Academy
Mansfield, TX

Amanda Hildebrand

Tom Clark High School
San Antonio, TX

Jacklyn Jacobe

Kinkaid School
Houston, TX

Archana Jeeji

Westwood High School
Austin, TX

Yoon Jeong

Plano West Senior High School
Farmers Branch, TX

Jennifer Knesbach

Bellaire Senior High School
Houston, TX

Gene Lewis

Robert E. Lee High School
Tyler, TX

Molly Marek

Boerne High School
Boerne, TX

Keyur Mehta

Westlake High School
Austin, TX

Christine Nott

Harlingen High School South
Harlingen, TX

Alejandra Ortega

Barbara Jordan High School for Careers
Houston, TX

Isabel Pask

Lake Highlands High School
Dallas, TX

McKay Proctor

Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville, TN

Caroline Read

Highland Park High School
Dallas, TX

Marlene Renz

Alamo Heights Senior High School
San Antonio, TX

Ron Richard

Ridge Point High School
Missouri City, TX

Bronwyn Scott

Kingwood High School
Kingwood, TX

Kris Seavers

Ronald Reagan High School
San Antonio, TX

Cooper Simon

Central High School
Forth Worth, TX

Kate Stotesbery

Regents School of Austin
Austin, TX

Kathryn Stouffer

Highland Park High School
Dallas, TX

Scott Urbis

Los Fresnos Senior High School
Brownsville, TX

Sarah Vogts

Interlochen Arts Academy
Dakota Dunes, SD

Chris Wager

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School
Houston, TX

Marsha Zhang

St. John’s School
Houston, TX

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