New York 40 Acres Scholars Program

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The Forty Acres Scholars Program

The Forty Acres Scholars Program is a new four-year merit scholarship created by the Texas Exes Scholarship Foundation to recruit and recognize exceptional students, enriching their lives and nurturing their development as future leaders at The University of Texas at Austin. The Forty Acres Scholars Program will give the University a competitive advantage in attracting the nation's most talented students.

Creating 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, Forty Acres Scholars will realize their potential using UT's core values as a guide.

All Forty Acres Scholars will receive funding for Tuition and mandatory fees, Housing and food, Books, A living stipend, Additional funding for required enrichment activities, a service learning project after the freshman year, study abroad and research/internship.

The first 12 Scholars came onto campus for the 2011-2012 school year.  That number is expected to increase annually until there are a full 300 Scholars on campus (75 per year). 

More information can be found at http://www.texasexesscholarshipfoundation.org/scholarships/forty-acres/

The University and New York

So why is the Forty Acres Scholars Program important to New York?  Over the past 7 years, The University has put an increasing focus its presence within New York City, understanding that to truly compete on a national and international basis, New York must be a focal point.  The greater New York area is already home to over 10,000 Texas alumni, however The University is often viewed by New Yorkers as primarily a Southern or Regional school.  This has put The University at a disadvantage when recruiting top students from this area. 

To counter that disadvantage, in 2009 the University placed its first full time staff member in New York to focus on development and student recruitment in the North East.  Despite this bold step, it has remained an uphill battle to recruit students from this area.

Where New York Texas Exes Fits In

The New York Texas Exes has experienced significant growth over the past six years.  By working with the main chapter in Austin as well as the University's development office, we have greatly helped expand The University's presence in the New York City. 

During that time, we have given out over $40,000 in scholarships to students from the greater New York area attending The University, and expect to give out at least $15,000 for 2012.  While those scholarships have helped, to truly change the perception of The University among the top students from the area, more is needed. 

To that end, the New York Forty Acres Scholars Program was created.  The program aims to endow at least one Forty Acres Scholar that will be earmarked for a student from the Northeast.  Having the Forty Acres Scholars Program is already opening doors to students that would never before have considered The University, but being able to point out that we have at least on Scholarship that is dedicated to this area will truly show how serious The University is about competing on a national and international level.

While the chapter is not directly responsible for the New York Forty Acres program, to seed the effort in 2010, it pledged $50,000 over the following 5 years.  For the remaining needed funds, we are asking for donations from anyone who shares our vision for The University in New York.

For more information about the program and how you can help, please email 40acres@newyorktexasexes.org, or to make a donation go to http://www.texasexes.org/nycdonate/