>>In 2011, the Texas Exes trying to create a solution to a growing problem. To help guarantee
that the state’s best and brightest would attend UT, the alumni group developed their
vehicle called the Forty Acres Scholarship which is the most comprehensive and selective
scholarship ever offered to incoming freshmen. The inaugural class featured kten gifted Longhorns.
>>For too long we’ve been losing out to the Harvard’s, to the Yale’s, to the Cal Berkeley’s,
and even some in state schools because we haven’t had a program of this magnitude.
>>I had initially looked at, you know, the Ivy League schools but I choose UT because
of the scholarship and because of the Plan II honors program which I felt would be a
very unique kind of small liberal arts feel within a large university.
>>It’s a full-ride, merit-based scholarship and from a financial standpoint, it provides
full coverage of tuition, women housing, a stipend, books, et cetera.
>>It’s also provides funding for study abroad. I plan to go to Guatemala and volunteer with
the Let’s Be Ready Program and help build rural preschools in Guatemala.
>>When I found out I got the scholarship, I cannot–like I didn’t believe it. I thought
that my mind was telling me what I wanted to hear and not what I’d actually heard. It
just hit me but I am just–I cannot express like how grateful I am to have so many incredible
opportunities just still like interact with all these people and distinguished alumni
and just, Oh my gosh! It’s so amazing and just mind-blowing for me.
>>When we started off the first year allowing students to apply for the 2011-2012 academic
year. And that first year we saw about 700 applicants. Now coming into this year and
this selection process, it’s about up to a thousand. What you’re going to see us do is
make sure that the best of the best of the best from leadership to academics are applying
to this program.