The 40 Acres Scholarship, Application Deadline Dec 1, 2010
Fall 2011 freshmen are the first class eligible to apply for this new 4-year merit scholarship program.
Posted: November 15, 2010
Texas Exes Alumni Association
The Texas Exes are proud to announce that extremely high-achieving incoming freshmen in 2011 will be the first students eligible to apply for the new 40 Acres Scholarship, a 4-year merit scholarship program for students entering The University of Texas at Austin.
The 40 Acres Scholars Program is a new scholarship created by the Texas Exes to recruit and recognize exceptional students, enriching their lives and nurturing their development as future leaders at The University of Texas at Austin.
Students who have the best chance of being invited to the 40 Acres Finalists' Weekend are well-rounded and have demonstrated:
- Extraordinary intellectual ability
- Breadth and depth of effective leadership experiences
- Initiative and perseverance
- Good citizenship
- Social skills to interact easily with adults as well as peers
Desirable candidates (recommended but not required):
- Scored 1400 or higher on the two-part SAT or 32 on the ACT
- Are recognized as National Merit Scholars
- Are ranked in the top 5% of their collective high school graduating classes
These scholarships will advance the core purpose of the University: to transform lives for the benefit of society. These students will be encouraged to fully explore their talents and aspirations, understanding that these great opportunities create even greater responsibilities to make the state, nation and world better places. Over the course of their college careers, 40 Acres Scholars will realize their potential using UT's core values as a guide.
All 40 Acres Scholars will receive funding for:
- Tuition and mandatory fees
- Housing and food
- A living stipend
- Additional funding for enrichment activities, including a service learning project after the freshman year, study abroad and research/internships.
Deadlines: December 1, 2010 is the application deadline for the 40 Acres Scholars Program, admission to The University of Texas at Austin and UT Austin's Honors Programs. Each process is separate. To apply for the 40 Acres Scholarship, please visit 40 Acres.
You must apply to the 40 Acres Scholars Program via the online system.
Be sure to look at the 40 Acres Scholars Qualifications under "Who Can Apply" to make sure that you are eligible.
Two recommendations must be submitted via the online system by December 1, 2010.
- A teacher whose full-year class you have taken
- Another teacher whose full-year class you have taken or an advisor or coach who has worked with you at least one complete year. All recommenders must have an email address and access to the Internet so that they can submit their responses via our online system. An email will be sent to them notifying them to fill out their recommendation form.
It is important that applicants select recommenders carefully.
We rely on their input to enhance our understanding of each candidate. Applicants must communicate clearly with these individuals about the importance of their recommendations, and allow them sufficient time to complete their recommendations thoroughly.
The Forty Acres is a traditional name still in use for the UT campus, which stood that size after the University's founding in 1883. By 1982, the grounds had grown to some 388 acres. Today's campus is interspersed with classic buildings and cutting-edge new facilities, shaded by gracious live oak trees, and crowned by the famous Tower. As home to a spirited, diverse community of Longhorns who come to Texas from around the world, the Forty Acres is truly a special place to study and grow.