52 Students Selected as Finalists for Forty Acres Scholars Program

Fifty-two outstanding high school students have been selected as finalists for the fourth-ever class of Forty Acres Scholars. The finalists will be brought to Austin this week to learn about the campus and to interview for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, the premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Among the … Read more

Forty Acres Scholars Promote Diversity Through TexasTogether

Because UT is a campus full of people from different walks of life, Forty Acres scholars Mary Elizabeth Guerra and Caroline Meyerson, together with their friends Graham Bailey and Kornel Rady, noticed a disconnect between groups on campus and wanted to find a way to unite students to celebrate their diversity. From those ideas came … Read more

The Artist’s Way: A Forty Acres Scholar Finds His Voice

Connor Frew is the recipient of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship. Connor Frew spent the summer before college scrounging for paint and supplies and ended up settling for the cheapest material he could find: rejected house paint samples from Home Depot. “I was working with whatever I could get my hands on,” says Frew, a … Read more

Investing in Others: A Forty Acres Scholar’s Summer of Service

Tiffany Chan is the recipient of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship and the Marilyn White Enrichment Award. Last spring, my women’s literature professor, Carol MacKay, introduced me to the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service. Giving back to the community that continues to give me so much is important to me. I know the difference it … Read more

My Summers at Camp Texas

  Caroline Meyerson is the recipient of the Susie and John L. Adams Forty Acres Scholarship. Attending Camp Texas as both a camper and a counselor has been one of my most rewarding and favorite UT experiences so far. A three-day retreat for incoming freshmen, Camp Texas gives the newest Longhorns a jump-start to their experience … Read more

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

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

‘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

Forty Acres Scholar Explores Climate Issues in Botswana

Forty Acres Scholar Emma Heitmann‘s studies took her far beyond the typical classroom experience this summer—and straight into a majestic African safari. Heitmann, a sophomore studying environmental science at UT, spent six weeks studying abroad in the country of Botswana, where she explored climate change issues and interactions between humans and the environment. “We [worked] … Read more