Plan II Forty Acres Scholars
The Forty Acres Scholars Program is the premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin. Administered by the Texas Exes, this scholarship program connects scholars with the University’s brightest faculty and distinguished alumni. All Forty Acres Scholars receive handsome funding. Their tuition, books, and fees are covered, as well as a living stipend. Each scholar also receives financial support for enrichment activities, including a community service project, an internship, and a global experience—or a combination of each.
We celebrate the fact that seventeen of the thirty-eight current Forty Acres Scholars are in the Plan II Honors Program.
There are nine Class of 2015 Forty Acres Scholars. Four of them are Plan II majors: Joey Dominguez (Plan II & Biochemistry), Emily Gruener (Plan II & Government), Connor Healy (Plan II & English) and Linda Shi (Plan II Honors, Business Honors & Finance).
The seven of fourteen Class of 2016 Forty Acres Scholars are in Plan II Honors: Tiffany Chan (Plan II & Chemical Engineering), Abhay Divakaruni (Plan II & Business Honors), Mary Elizabeth Guerra (Plan II & Neuroscience/pre-med), Rachel Larson (Plan II & Architecture), Caroline Meyerson (Plan II & Business Honors), Marisa Swanson (Plan II & Social Work) and Steven Wilbanks (Plan II & Business Honors).
The Forty Acres Class of 2017 welcomes fifteen new scholars to the University of Texas at Austin. Six of them are in Plan II Honors. We are delighted to introduce:
Ashley Alcantara attended Lamar High School in Houston. During high school she participated in speech and debate, Young Democrats, Model United Nations, and National Honor Society. Additionally, she is a National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, and National Forensic League All-American. Outside of school she has volunteered with several political campaigns and was a legal intern at the University of Houston’s Immigration Clinic. She will be majoring in Plan II Honors and Business Honors, which she expects to be a challenging and rewarding combination. Ashley would like to further her political interests by becoming involved with the University Democrats club and volunteering at the state capital. She is also looking forward to exploring the multitude of other organizations and activities available on campus, and becoming as involved as possible. She would love to join a running club at UT and volunteer abroad for a summer. She is interested in a career in law or policy and hopes to utilize her education and experiences as a Longhorn to leave a positive impact on the world during her lifetime.
Amanda Hildebrand, a graduate of Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, TX received the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship. Amanda plans to completed degrees in Plan II Honors and in Applied Learning and Development (Early Childhood). Throughout her senior year of high school, Amanda participated in a special Independent Study and Mentor Program, where she researched Autism Spectrum Disorders. She played oboe in both her school’s orchestra and marching band, as well as serving as a band officer for three years. Amanda is looking forward to being in the classroom, but sees a graduate program in her future, on her way to being a school principal. She wants to contribute to society by motivating students to aim high and instilling a love of learning.
Caroline Read, a graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas, was chosen as a Stamps Family Foundation Forty Acres Scholar. In high school, Caroline was editor-in-chief of both the newspaper, The Bagpipe, and the literary magazine, The Tartan. She was selected to participate in The Dallas Morning News Student Voices Columnist program. Through writing, Caroline recognized the power of words and how a writer can use them to represent others. The idea of speaking for others led to a deep involvement with Highland Park High School's Genesis Women’s Outreach Club, which is affiliated with the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Outside of academic pursuits, Caroline enjoys water skiing, traveling with family and reading as many books as possible. Caroline will pursue dual-degrees in Plan II Honors and Journalism.
Bronwyn Scott, a graduate of Kingwood High School in Kingwood, TX received the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship. Her fascination with language and communication led to her involvement in the French program at Kingwood High School, where she was the National French Honor Society president. She also received a scholarship to study abroad in France for a month through the Texas French Symposium competition. Bronwyn’s third language, music, was also another major focus in high school. Bronwyn won many medals as a Class I solo clarinet performer and classified to perform at State Solo and Ensemble. The summer before her first year at UT Austin, Bronwyn interned at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) in Houston, Texas, where she worked with Dr. Haifa Shen, M.D., Ph. D., assisting in his cancer research. Bronwyn plans to pursue dual-degrees in Plan II Honors and Biomedical Engineering, aiming at medical school after graduation. She hopes to become either a doctor or a researcher within the nano-medicine field.
Kathryn Stouffer, a Dallas native and graduate of Highland Park High School, is the recipient of the Eugene McDermott 40 Acres Scholarship. In high school, Kathryn was a member of Student Council and the Varsity and State Champion Swim Team. She was an active volunteer with Special Olympics and President of the Junior Leadership Board at Children’s Medical Center, a volunteer and fundraising group of high school students. She graduated in the top ten students of her class and was a National Merit Commended Scholar. Kathryn is thrilled to be a Longhorn and will be majoring in Plan II and Nutrition Honors at UT.
Scott Urbis, a Plan II Honors and Business Honors major, received the Karen and Charles Matthews, Jr., Forty Acres Scholarship. Scott is from Brownsville, Texas, and attended Los Fresnos High School, where he was salutatorian. In high school, he served as the Vice President of Texas DECA, a state business-marketing organization of over 12,000 students. Through the organization, he was able to co-chair a drive for $25,000 worth of teddy bears for hospitalized children. Scott was the President of his school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes group, leading weekly meetings and helping organize outreach activities, such as sponsoring the custodial staff during the holidays. Scott was also involved in Boy Scouts and achieved the Eagle Scout rank. He was a varsity cross-country runner and participated on the Masterminds and Science Bowl teams. At UT Austin, Scott wants to be involved in student government and a Christian ministry. He hopes to maybe one day own a business and have a political career.