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

Will O’Hara

Forty Acres Scholars Program Donor

Will O'Hara

“‘What starts here changes the world is much more than a slogan! It starts with attracting the very best and most talented students to come to our University. As a donor to a Forty Acres scholar, you are not only helping fulfill the university’s mission, you are changing a young person’s life. And you can experience that too through contact with your scholar that the program provides.”

Marilyn White

Forty Acres Scholars Program Donor

“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

“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.”

Ashley Deutser

Class of 2021, John and Cynthia Adkins/Texas Exes Houston Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship

Ashley Deutser

“Going out into the world, I know that I have the full force of the Texas Exes behind me. I am so thankful to my donors, Forty Acres Society members, and the FASP staff for making this Program completely life-changing. I am forever grateful that the Forty Acres Scholars Program made me a lifelong longhorn.”

Lauren Amaris Smith

Class of 2020, Mike A. Myers Forty Acres Scholarship; Marilyn Marshall White Enrichment Award

Lauren Smith“I have loved getting to know my donor, Marilyn White. Our many email exchanges, dinner conversations, and e-card swaps have made my experience with the Forty Acres Scholars Program that much sweeter!”

Ricky Cooks

Class of 2021, Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by Beverly and Will O’Hara; Chevron Enrichment Award

Ricky Cooks

“The Forty Acres Scholars Program relieved me of so many stresses, helping me better pursue my goals and dreams. From the financial support provided from my amazing donors—The Strive Foundation, Beverly and Will O’Hara, and Chevron—and other alumni to the friends that have been in my corner from day one at UT, FASP has given me several life-changing opportunities.”

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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