“This Program Hasn’t Just Blessed My Life”: Marisa Swanson Reflects on Her Cohort’s Four Years

Marisa Swanson is a UT senior studying social work and Plan II and the recipient of the Tom and Sally Dunning Forty Acres Scholarship. Swanson was a featured speaker at this year’s Texas Exes Dallas Chapter Scholarship Dinner at the Belo Mansion. The following is a transcript of her remarks. Good evening. I am delighted … Read more

Real-World Advice: Consulting Firm Connects With Forty Acres Scholars

Being a Forty Acres Scholar comes with some unique perks. Case in point: the chance to get an inside look into the world of consulting. During an informal lunch last week at the Alumni Center, alumni working at top consulting management firm McKinsey & Company spoke with scholars about the wide range of opportunities in … Read more

Top Faculty Share Advice With Forty Acres Scholars

One of the biggest perks of being a Forty Acres Scholar is the opportunity to rub elbows with some of UT’s most talented faculty. Case in point: a series of sit-down Forty Acres Discussions (FADs) that the scholars in the Class of 2017 participated in earlier this semester. Communications professor John Daly, history and public … Read more

Dallas Chapter Scholarship Dinner Nets $300,000 [Watch]

The Texas Exes Dallas Chapter annual scholarship dinner is always a red-letter day, but this year the chapter took things to the next level. In addition to raising a record-breaking $300,000 for the Forty Acres Scholars Program, last week’s fifth-annual dinner had a palpable sense of excitement. “We’re in awe,” says Jeff Duchin, BBA ’98, Life … 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


Meet Alejandra Ortega: UT freshman, Forty Acres Scholar, aspiring math teacher, and the first high school graduate in her family. The Houston native explained how UT’s most esteemed full-ride merit scholarship has changed her life. Did your parents push you to aim for college? They never pushed me, but when they saw it was what … 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 Spends Summer in Spain

Architecture and Plan II sophomore and Forty Acres Scholar Rachel Larson spent her summer in Spain packing picnic lunches to eat on the beach, gazing at Gothic architecture, and planning weekend trips to other countries—all while polishing her Spanish skills. Larson spent six weeks in Santander living with a host mother and her toy poodle … Read more