Judy White and Dudley Oldham first met in the Plan II honors program in the early 1960s. Fifty years later, after bringing up two successful Longhorns of their own, the couple will sponsor the first full-ride merit scholarship for one exceptional Undergraduate Studies student in his or her first year. The Oldham Family Forty Acres Scholar will be chosen from the group of first-year students who enrolls in Undergraduate Studies in the fall of 2014. He or she will be a top caliber student, well rounded leader, have a record of academic achievement, a commitment to community service, and all-around initiative and perseverance.
“There are many very bright, motivated, engaged students who at age 18 don’t know exactly what career or major they most want,” explains Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies Larry Abraham. “The School of Undergraduate Studies offers an exceptional way for these students to enter UT Austin. We should be offering the same incentives and rewards to these cream-of-the-crop students who aren’t sure what to major in as we do to those students who do know.”
The Forty Acres Scholars Program, administered by the Texas Exes, fully covers tuition, mandatory fees, offers a living stipend and a book stipend, and financial support for enrichment activities in the areas of community service, a global experience, and professional growth. The Oldham Family Scholar will be funded for all four years college: when she or he transfers out of Undergraduate Studies, as all Undergraduate Studies students must, that student will remain a Forty Acres Scholar.
Dudley Oldham (BA, History & Chemistry, ’64; LLB/JD, ’66) and Judy White Oldham (BA, Liberal Arts, ’63) are involved in many aspects of the University of Texas at Austin, as are their two sons, Steve and Mike. While at UT Austin, Judy was a member of Tri Delta and Orange Jackets. She was named a Goodfellow during her senior year. Dudley was president of Sigma Chi fraternity and an officer in the Texas Cowboys.
In addition to their generous support of our school, Mr. & Mrs. Oldham have endowed a Presidential Scholarship in Law, a President’s Associates Endowment, and a UT System Chancellor’s Endowment. They are members of the Littlefield Society, the Ashabel Smith Circle and 1883 Society. Mr. Oldham currently serves on the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council as Chair of the Institute of Molecular Medicine (part of UT Health), and served on the