Meet the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2020

The Texas Exes is pleased to announce the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2020. More than 3,400 students applied for the University of Texas at Austin’s premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship, and 21 exceptional scholars were selected from a group of 58 finalists. The scholars range from musicians to athletes, and filmmakers to volunteers. Among the impressive class is a business owner, a … Read more

Forty Acres Scholars Finalists Announced

The Forty Acres Scholars Program announced 58 finalists for the Class of 2020 and their accomplishments are as impressive as ever. Among them are class presidents and team captains. Some are filmmakers, coders, and musicians. Others have founded startups and nonprofits and become published authors. We can’t imagine what they’ll do during their time on the Forty Acres. … Read more

For the Love of the Bassoon [Watch]

Very few people find their life’s calling at age 7. Sarah Vogts is one of them. When Sarah Vogts was a second-grader in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, she watched a group of older classmates perform in a band concert in the school gym. While other kids fidgeted and daydreamed, Vogts was riveted. “There was this … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Exes Awards Record $2.53 Million in Scholarships to UT Students [Infographic]

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