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

BHP Forty Acres Scholarship
Carol and Jeff Heller Forty Acres Scholarship
Ralph and Reba Ferrell
Pete Geren
Vicky and S. Javaid Anwar Forty Acres Scholarship
Milam and Tory Newby Family
The Boyce Family
Lowell Lebermann Scholarship
Pauline Allen Gill Forty Acres Scholarship
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. Forty Acres Scholars Program Short Answers
    All applicants must submit three required short answers. Answers are limited to no more than 300 words, typically the length of one paragraph.
    • Community.
      Join a community that will be a lifelong support system.

      Our scholar community is a collection of high-achieving students with a wide range of diverse experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and talents. This diversity strengthens our program and supports an open and supportive environment. As you consider applying for a program that values a community enhanced by the diverse contributions, perspectives, and experiences of our scholars, please share how you believe you might contribute to our community of scholars.
    • Connection.
      As the only program of its kind administered by an alumni association, Forty Acres Scholars develop a unique connection with their alma mater. Scholars meet, mingle, and hear from alumni who are at the top of their game and regularly interact with leading faculty and staff of the university. During and after your time on campus, these Longhorns will serve as a powerful network and resource.

      If you could have dinner with any three alumni—dead or alive—of The University of Texas at Austin, who would be on your guest list and why?
    • Discovery.
      Discover the world—then make the change you want to see.

      Forty Acres Scholars benefit from the opportunity to go abroad in order to expand their view of the global society—whether in the form of study abroad, a service trip, or a professional experience. What do you think can be gained from this global perspective?