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

Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship
AIM Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship
Jeanne L. and Michael L. Klein Forty Acres Scholarship
Mary John and Ralph Spence Forty Acres Scholarship
Pauline Allen Gill Forty Acres Scholarship
Lowell Lebermann Scholarship
The Boyce Family
Milam and Tory Newby Family
Vicky and S. Javaid Anwar Forty Acres Scholarship
Pete Geren
Ralph and Reba Ferrell
Sylvie and Gary Crum Forty Acres Scholarshp
Chevron Enrichment Award
Carol and Jeff Heller Forty Acres Scholarship
Marilyn Marshall White
Charline and Red McCombs Family Forty Acres Scholarship
BHP Forty Acres Scholarship
Eugene McDermott Forty Acres Scholarship
John and Cynthia Adkins/Texas Exes Houston Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Forty Acres Scholarship
Beverly and Will O’Hara 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.

      Forty Acres Scholars participate in valuable programming and attend many events throughout their four years on campus. Examples include: a weekly Freshman Dinner Series in the fall of their first semester, an annual retreat, service opportunities, the Distinguished Alumnus Awards, and Forty Acres Discussions with prominent UT alumni. If you were selected to be a Forty Acres Scholar, what programming event would you look forward to the most? Additionally, what programming ideas do you have that could benefit the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
    • Connection.
      Connect with a global network of Longhorns—for life.

      As the only program of its kind administered by an alumni association, the Forty Acres Scholars Program fosters a unique connection between Scholars and alumni. Scholars build relationships with alumni and leave campus with an impressive and supportive network. How has your life been enriched by mentors so far? And what specifically do you hope to gain from the vast Texas Exes network?
    • Discovery.
      Discover the world—then make the change you want to see.

      Each Forty Acres Scholar receives a $13,000 enrichment stipend to use toward a global experience such as study abroad, research, service and volunteering, or an internship. If you are selected, how would you spend these funds?