Class of 2014 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 25 of the 55 current Forty Acres Scholars are in the Plan II Honors Program.
There are nine Class of 2018 Forty Acres Scholars. They are: Abigail Aldea (Plan II and Business Honors), Katherine Allen (Plan II & Petroleum Engineering), Emily Barnes (Plan II & Psychology), Elijah Barrish (Plan II), Andrew Bazley (Plan II and Theatre), Abigail Griffin (Plan II & IRG), Greyson Rubin (Plan II and Architecture), Hannah Kelly (Plan II & Journalism) and Matthew Wolf (Plan II and Business Honors).
Abigail Aldea is the receipient of the George Kozmetsky Forty Acres Scholarship. She is a graduate of St Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. During high school she participated in many activities including fencing, debate team, Chinese club, Robotics club and the Quiz Bowl team. Abigail is also involved in several volunteer organizations within her community. She is eager to arrive on campus in the Fall, where she will be a Plan II and Business Honors major.
Katherine Allen is the Texas Exes Dallas Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship recipient. She graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas. During high school, she participated in many on-campus activities including Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, and Project Africa: Sierra Leone. In all of these activities, her peers elected her either President or Vice President. Additionally, through Ursuline’s global partnerships, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru. Outside of school, Katherine founded and has worked on a public art initiative, Catalyst (founded 2012), which plans to create its first mural in conjunction with the J. Erik Jonsson in the summer of 2015. Moreover, Katherine has completed an internship with Spindletop Oil & Gas, Co. of Dallas, Texas in the Engineering Department. Additionally, Katherine joined Nike through a job-shadowing program in their philanthropic efforts assisting Dallas’ Genesis Women’s Shelter. At the University of Texas, she will be majoring in Petroleum Engineering Honors and Plan II Honors. She expects the curriculum will challenge her greatly, but also give her a diversified education to propel her into future leadership positions. Katherine plans to keep her mind open to all future careers and is excited to discover that the University of Texas at Austin has to offer.
Emily Barnes, a graduate of the Episcopal School of Dallas, is the recipient of the Pauline Allen Gill Forty Acres Scholarship. She was an editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, the Eagle Edition, and participated in choir and outdoor education for four years. In the summer of 2013, she worked in the STARS Summer Research Internship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Emily volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Project Transformation. She is a double-major in Plan II and Psychology and plans to focus on child development.
Elijah Barrish is the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship (Supported by Janet W. and Alfred B. Jones, Jr.) recipient. Elijah attended the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, TX, where he cocaptained the policy debate team, served as Vice President of the National Honor Society, rowed crew at the varsity level, and participated in a variety of other fascinating clubs and communities. As a Plan II major, he doesn’t want under any circumstances to get into another boat, but looks forward to continuing his work in debate. In fact, he will not only debate with the UT squad, but also coach his high school team at LASA and jump-start a middle school program at his alma mater, Kealing. Although he has just middling interest in politics, he interned with Grayling, a major lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. There, he learned to sniff out connivance and deceit, a skill that he hopes to put to work on the UT campus. He aims to spend the next four years figuring out what he wants to do after they are over.
Andrew Bazley, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts with a major in costume construction, is a recipient of the Stamps Family Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship. In high school, Andrew started The Coffee Bean Society- a student discussion forum for controversial and intellectual topics- to create a stimulating social environment for his peers. He also served as the founding president of his school’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society. Throughout his four years at Booker T. Washington, Andrew helped costume over fifteen productions, for some of which he served as the head patternmaker. After his junior year, Andrew was selected for the STARS Summer Research Internship at UT Southwestern, where he researched stem cells in the molecular neuroscience lab of Dr. Jenny Hsieh. Andrew is passionate about learning and currently plans to major in Plan II Honors and Theater, with an emphasis in Costume Technology.
Abigail Griffin is receiving the Preston M. “Pete” Geren Forty Acres Scholarship designed for active duty military children. Her father serves in the Army, and thus she will have lived in 9 different states, including Texas, before attending college. Abigail has played competitive soccer and softball, as well as participating in swimming, basketball, and track. In high she was captain for soccer and softball her senior year. In addition to athletics, she was highly involved in other high school organizations. She participated in National Honor Society, Publications, DECA, Scholar Bowl, Speech and Debate, Student Advisory Committee, Mu Alpha Theta, and several other clubs. She held office in Spanish Club, Student Council, and Science Club and has participated in many volunteer events and projects through school organizations, church, and leadership conventions. In addition to several other accolades, she received the Scholar Athlete award and the Most Outstanding Graduate award in Social Studies senior year. Moreover, Abigail is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She also attended HOBY Missouri and Missouri Girls State. She was ranked first in her class through most of high school, but ended up graduating second out of about 440 students. At UT she will major in Plan II as well as IRGS.
Hannah Kelly is the Hamilton-Hilliard Forty Acres Scholarship recipient. She graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and received the Waltrip/Texas Exes Fort Worth Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship. On the Student Council she served as Class Representative and later as Class President. Hannah also mentored underclassmen as a Link Crew Leader and participated in Team Service, StudentAmbassadors, and Texas Bluebonnet Girls’ State. She has taken piano lessons since kindergarten and loves to paint, play tennis and work part time at a Public Relations firm. Additionally, Hannah was a National Merit Finalist and was honored to receive the Brown Book Award for writing and speaking, the Emory Book Award for leadership and academic excellence, the Koeppe Painting Award, and the Humanitas Per Disciplinam Award for positive contribution to Upper School life. Hannah’s passion is literature, and she hopes to become both a better reader and writer as a dual Plan II and Journalism major. Excited to join the Longhorn community, she plans to explore leadership opportunities in Austin and join as many book clubs as possible.
Greyson Rubin hales from Dallas and is the recipient of the Waltrip/Texas Exes Fort Worth Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship. He attended Richardson High School where he was salutatorian. While in high school, Greyson was active in school leadership, serving most recently as vice-president of his senior class. As captain of the school’s Country Western stunt dance team, the Desperados. Greyson and his team performed in Nashville and at annual competitions in Dallas. Additionally, Greyson, an avid lacrosse player, was captain of his varsity lacrosse team, Lake Highlands Lightning Lacrosse, and was recognized as Dale Hansen’s Scholar Athlete of the Week on the local Dallas ABC affiliate. Greyson was an active member and held various leadership roles, including president, of his Jewish youth group, BBYO and Young Men’s Service League, a community service-driven organization. Always known for his zealous school spirit, he served as captain of Eagle Guard, his high school’s spirit squad. He plans to bring that spirit to UT and participate in intramural sports and attend as many Longhorn games as possible. The summer prior to attending UT, Greyson spent as a camp counselor at Camp Champions in Marble Falls, Texas. Greyson has always been intrigued by buildings and participated in the ACE Mentorship Program where he worked and studied alongside other students and professionals in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering professions. He also held various architecture and construction internships. Greyson will be pursuing a dual degree in Plan II and Architecture while at UT.
Matthew Wolf is a proud recipient of the Barbara and Alan Dreeben Forty Acres Scholarship. He hails from San Antonio, Texas where he pursued his varied interests at Winston Churchill High School. As captain of the debate team Micky was a nationally competitive 4 Time State Qualifier and finished his career honored with an Outstanding Distinction, the 2nd highest degree of merit in the National Forensics League. He played varsity basketball for a team (31-4) ranked Top Ten in Texas. Passion for leadership and service led to his involvement in Student Council where he has served as Community Service Committee Head and Student Body President. During his tenure as President, the school collected more than 17,000 shoes for people in need and donated thousands of dollars to different causes. At graduation he was presented with the Superintendent’s Award, the highest award offered at Northeast Independent School District for outstanding academic and community achievement. Outside of school, he has been President of Bnai Tzedik and his local BBYO chapter and worked at a number of after school sports clinics for kids. The 3rd Generation Longhorn and lifelong Longhorn fanatic is a Plan II and Business Honors major. He is excited about the endless opportunities presented through the Forty Acres Scholars Program and at the University of Texas.