Forty Acres Scholars Program

The Forty Acres Scholars Program inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society. Our scholars demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a track record of outstanding academic success. Most importantly, they have passion and a desire to live out the core values of The University of Texas at Austin. The three tenets of the program are community, connection, and discovery. It is a transformational adventure that helps individuals reach their full potential, and, alongside academic achievement, focuses on personal development, relationship building, and gaining perspective. As the only program of its kind administered by an alumni association, Forty Acres Scholars develop a unique relationship with their alma mater and graduate with an extraordinary network of Longhorns standing behind them.

Students who have the best chance of being invited to Finalist Weekend are well-rounded and:

  • Distinguish themselves in high school through leadership roles, extracurricular activities and community service
  • Possess strong communication skills
  • Excel academically
  • Aspire to change the world

Mary John and Ralph Spence Forty Acres Scholarship
Beverly and Will O’Hara Forty Acres Scholarship
John and Cynthia Adkins/Texas Exes Houston Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship
Charline and Red McCombs Family Forty Acres Scholarship
Chevron Enrichment Award
Jeanne L. and Michael L. Klein Forty Acres Scholarship
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Forty Acres Scholarship
Eugene McDermott Forty Acres Scholarship
Marilyn Marshall White
Sylvie and Gary Crum Forty Acres Scholarshp
AIM Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship
Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship
Supplemental Questions
  1. Describe one problem—large or small—that you see in our society today. Now imagine you had the following at your disposal: the resources of a top-ranked public university, like UT Austin; a scholar community full of talented individuals with a wide array of strengths and interests; and a powerful, global alumni network of 500,000. How would you leverage it all to solve this particular problem?