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Plan II Honors 2012-2016 Forty Acres Scholars

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Plan II Honors 2012-2016 Forty Acres Scholars
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The Plan II Honors Program is very proud to announce that eight of the fourteen incoming 2012 Forty Acres Scholars are Plan II Honors majors.  The Forty Acres Scholars Program is a 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 Scholarship:

The Forty Acres Scholars Program is UT’s premier merit-based scholarship program. Its offerings go far beyond full tuition, developing a rich college experience that provides academic, leadership, cultural, and team-building activities. This special scholarship provides recipients a close community of friends, connections to esteemed alumni, networking opportunities, community service experiences, unforgettable travel, preparation for their careers, and memories to last a lifetime.

The 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.

Scholars Video (coming soon!)

Forty Acres Scholars 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 Scholars:

  • Tiffany Chan, Stamps Family Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship

Chemical Engineering (Engineering Honors); Plan II Honors

L.C. Anderson High School; Austin, TX

Co-founder of school chapter of Little Dresses for Africa, an organization that sews pillowcase dresses for children in Africa; president of Key Club; co-president of Anderson HS band, where she is a member of the marching band (drumline) and the orchestra (oboist); student of dance, piano and art; National Merit Finalist

  • Abhay Divakaruni, AIM Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship

Business Honors; Plan II Honors

William P. Clements High School; Sugar Land, TX

Eagle Scout; president of German National Honor Society; president of the school dance club; president of the English Honor Society; vice president of the Philosophy Club; National Merit Semifinalist

  • Akos Furton, Ray and Denise Nixon Forty Acres Scholarship

Business Honors; Plan II Honors

Jesuit College Preparatory School; Dallas, TX

Captain of Whiz Quiz; varsity swim team; varsity water polo team; group leader for Freshman Retreat, a school retreat for spirituality and community building; president of the French Honors Society; UIL current events and mathematics participant; volunteer with Meals on Wheels; tutors middle school students for admissions test

  • Mary Elizabeth Guerra, Stan McLelland Forty Acres Scholarship

Biology; Plan II Honors

McAllen High School; McAllen, TX

Equestrian competitor with the United States Hunter/Jumper Association; founder and coordinator of Giddy Up and Go, a summer horse camp for neurologically-challenged children; editor of the high school newspaper; class representative in Student Government; Equestrian National Finalist; National Merit Commended Scholar; National Hispanic Scholar

  • Rachel Larson, Stuart W. Stedman Forty Acres Scholarship

Architecture; Plan II Honors

Lake Highlands High School; Dallas, TX

Lived in Lima, Peru and attended the International Christian School of Lima (ICSL) for five years leading up to senior year; secretary of ICSL Student Council; founder of the Dallas branch of BLOOM, a girl’s bible study group; member of the acapella choir; student of the piano; Association of Christian Schools International Distinguished Student Award

  • Caroline Meyerson, Susie and John L. Adams Forty Acres Scholarship

Business Honors; Plan II Honors

Bellaire Senior High School; Houston, TX

Class president all four years; editor-in-chief of the online school newspaper; copy editor of the print school newspaper; author and editor of the high school newsletter; intern with Bellaire Buzz Magazine; choreographer and officer of high school dance team; camp counselor; founder of CRA-Z Dance Group, a free afterschool program for underprivileged children

  • Marisa Swanson, Tom and Sally Dunning Forty Acres Scholarship

Plan II Honors; Social Work

South Grand Prairie High School; Grand Prairie, TX

Vice president and head clarinet section leader of high school band; Student Council member; UIL math participant; president of Mu Alpha Theta; junior volunteer at Charlton Methodist Hospital; National Achievement Semifinalist; National Merit Semifinalist

  • Steven Wilbanks, Elizabeth Shatto and John H. Massey Forty Acres Scholarship

Business Honors; Plan II Honors

Westlake High School; Austin, TX

President of student body; photographer for high school yearbook; teen teacher to elementary through high school students; moderator for church retreat led by high school students; small group leader for church group; National Merit Semifinalist


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