Forty Acres Scholars Program

Inspiring and nurturing visionary leaders for the benefit of society.

The Forty Acres Scholars Program provides students with academic, leadership, and cultural experiences that enrich their lives and set them up for great success. This is made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends of The University of Texas at Austin. Every gift made towards the Forty Acres Scholars Program is appreciated and carefully stewarded. You can explore giving opportunities below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Endowed Scholarship — $850,000 CONTRIBUTION

This scholarship supports one student at UT for four years, and can be expected to be awarded to a new student every fifth year. The donor will have naming rights for this Forty Acres Scholarship.

Parents Excellence Fund — $100,000 CONTRIBUTION

This scholarship directly impacts the Forty Acres Scholars Program activities for current scholars with an annual distribution.

Non-Endowed Scholarship — ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION: $32,000

This scholarship fully supports one student for four years for a total gift of $128,000. The donor will have naming rights for this Forty Acres Scholarship.

Stamps Matching Gift — ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION: $16,000

This scholarship directly supports a student for four years and will be matched with an additional $16,000 annual contribution from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation or a total gift of $64,000. The recipient will hold the “Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship supported by (donor/honoree name).”

Forty Acres Society — ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION: $1,000+

The Forty Acres Society is a community of leaders who are passionate about advancing academic excellence at The University of Texas and deepening their connection and understanding of campus. Membership requires a minimum annual gift of $1,000. Contributions directly support the enrichment activities of the Forty Acres Scholars, including professional development, leadership training, cultural and educational opportunities outside of the classroom, and global experiences.

Why I Give

Heather Bonfield

Forty Acres Society member

Heather Bonfield headshot“I support the Forty Acres Society because I believe in attracting top talent to Texas. The applicants are truly some of the best and brightest young students coming out of high schools across Texas and the country.”

Marilyn White

Forty Acres Scholars Program Donor

Marilyn White talking with a student with a smile“It has been a privilege to be a donor for the Forty Acres Scholars Program. The friendships I have made with my scholars are lifelong. To see the remarkable accomplishments of my scholars fills me with pride for them. This is one of the best investments I have ever made!!!”

Paul Hobby

Forty Acres Scholars Program Donor

Paul Hobby headshot“Some things are simple. Texas can’t be a great state if UT Austin isn’t a great university, and we can’t be a great university without a branded merit based scholarship like Forty Acres.”

Chandani Bansal

Class of 2023, Vicky and S. Javaid Anwar Forty Acres Scholarship

Chandani Bansal headshot“The doors that this scholarship will open for me are invaluable. To top it off, the program supports every desire you might have to dual major and study abroad to see, help and learn about the world. To me, the Forty Acres Scholarship Program represents endless possibility and opportunity. What could be greater than that?”

Thomas Grannen

Class of 2024, Ray and Denise Nixon Forty Acres Scholarship

Thomas Grannen headshot“The program offers countless opportunities for academic enrichment and personal development. I plan to put those resources to good use; after all, what starts here changes the world. I feel very honored to have been chosen to be part of such an awesome family.”

Arya Saksena

Class of 2023, Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by Reba and Ralph Ferrell

Arya Saksena headshot“The Forty Acres Scholar Program is not just a scholarship. The program offers opportunities to study abroad, unique lectures from professors, and a community of brilliant scholars motivated to change the world. I can’t wait to seize every opportunity I come across.”

I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program by the amazing opportunity to be a part of a cohort of diverse candidates with high potential and high aspirations to truly change the world.

Lucious McDaniel IV, BBA ’22
George Kozmetsky Forty Acres Scholarship


Morgan Grosch, BBA ’21

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