Our Scholarship Program is one of many great involvement opportunities the Texas Exes Austin Chapter offers alumni. We raise funds year-round through our Orange & White Kickoff Party, Texas Independence Day Celebration, Sponsorships, Raffles, and Silent Auctions to give awards to the best and brightest Austin area high school students who choose to attend UT. Texas Exes volunteer readers select our scholarship winners!
Texas Exes Austin Chapter Scholarships
Texas Exes Austin Chapter awards scholarships to talented high school students from the Austin area to attend The University of Texas. We awarded $5,000 in scholarships in 2009, $7,000 in 2010, $11,000 in 2011, $13,500 in 2012, $16,000 in 2013, $18,500 in 2014, $17,500 in 2015, $22,250 in 2016, $17,750 in 2017, $17,475 in 2018 and $24,300 in 2019. We have given in total $167,000 in scholarships to Austin area high school graduates attending UT-Austin since 2009.
Texas Exes Austin Chapter / Joe & Lee Jamail-Joe & Teresa Lozano Long Challenge Grant Scholarship
The Texas Exes Austin Chapter awards one 4-year scholarship every 4 years to a bright and talented Hispanic or African-American student from the Austin area. This year's Jamil-Long Challenge Grant recipient is:
My name is Dabrelle Dickson, but most people call me "Dab," and that's also what I prefer. I'm an outgoing individual, if I do say so myself. I would describe myself as a bit of a "nerd," a real outgoing nerd. Yep, that's it! I'm all about glitz and glam; I love getting dolled up. I'm only 18, but I've managed to obtain my Associates Degree in Arts while attending high school, while working two jobs and maintaing a 4.0+ (or higher), allowing me to finish high school as Salutatorian of LBJ High School (Austin, Tx). A few goals I have at UT are to maintain a decent GPA, become apart of a few clubs and meet many people. The thing that I am most excited about is my major, which is RTF. I'm excited to see where it takes me. Hook EM!
Texas Exes Austin Chapter Past President's Scholarship
In 2011, former Texas Exes Austin Chapter Presidents Richard Heller, David Thompson, and Ted Barnhill started up the Past President's Scholarship Endowment to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Past Presidents of the Texas Exes Austin Chapter and as a direct way that the Past Presidents can continue to give back to the Texas Exes Austin Chapter. In 2013, this Scholarship became fully endowed and now annually awards a 1-year scholarship for entering freshmen at The University of Texas at Austin from the Austin area. If you are interested in donating to this Scholarship, please contact our Scholarship Chair, John Brazil.
This year's Past President's Scholarship recipient is:
Hi. My name is Arnold Icaro. I come from a FilipinoAmerican family and delight in math, filmmaking, Christian music, and spending time with the people in my life. But enough about me let’s talk about me. I will be attending The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business studying to earn my Master’s in Professional Accounting and ultimately license as a Certified Public Accountant. While it may be challenging, especially with my everyday commuting, my goal is to use the knowledge and leadership I have gained over the past twelve years to make the biggest impact I can in the classroom, in the various organizations on campus, and in the community. I hope to make the most out of all the experiences and opportunities that UT has to offer, not simply to embellish my resume but rather to cultivate my passions and identity. As I’m sure we all are, I am going to miss the friendships and memories I have made in high school, but I am excited to create new and even stronger ones on the Forty Acres and am honored to share the next few years with such amazing people. So if you ever see me waddling to class, feel free to grab my attention anytime with a quick "Hey Arnold!"
2017 Scholarship Recipients
Hi y’all! My name is Karla Aguilar, and am an Austinite born and raised. I come from a family of immigrants, which makes me a first generation American. Additionally, I am a first generation college student with the intention of double majoring in Plan ll and Business. I also hope to continue my studies in the Chinese language so as to become trilingual. Aside from academics, one thing that I am excited about at UT is being able to take advantage of all of the diverse activities and clubs that the university has to offer. Hook ‘em horns!
R. Keele Clendenin
I am a software developer going into UT as a computer science major. I love hiking and playing tennis. I plan to spend my time at UT learning all I can about software development. I can’t wait to work for companies as an intern. I am pumped for meeting new people and building startups.
I am an academically inclined student that is doing her best if grow out her stereotypical mold. Like every Asian, my childhood dream was to be a doctor, I play the piano, and I am good at math; but I am working on building my own box labeled "Justine (Unique Edition)". Other than my Academic Excellence Awards, I'm proud of my self proclaimed "Jigsaw Puzzle Master" title as well as "Rookie" in knitting, crocheting, and diamond painting. But on a more serious note, my greatest achievements are the Optimist and Luminary Award due to my dedication to volunteering and service. At UT, I want to grow as a person and become more independent by relying on my intuition and decisions instead of the rules and paths laid in front of me. On that note, the first thing I'm most looking forward to at UT is the maker studio and all the random experiments I plan to conduct.
Hi everyone, my name is Jyoti Luu! I was born in Portland, but I have been lucky enough to have been raised in Austin almost all my life. In my free time, I enjoy journaling, photography, singing, arts & crafts, playing volleyball and tennis, exploring the outdoors, listening to good music, eating delicious food, and drinking delicious coffee. In the beginning of my senior year, I started a program called Bowie Helping Hands which is a volunteer peer tutoring program at my school. Additionally, at my high school, I was president of National Honor Society and Key Club, a Vicepresident of Class Officers, and a member of Spanish Honor Society, Music Honor Society, and the Varsity choir. Throughout my high school career, my main goal has been to help other students leave a positive impact on society. For all my successes and accomplishments, I credit my loving family because they have continuously encouraged, inspired, and challenged me to be the best version of myself. My goal while attending UT is to be similarly involved in student organizations and to gain relevant experience in social work and NGOs with a long term goal of starting my own nonprofit organization. At UT, I am most excited to make lifelong friends, to gain insight and wisdom from intellectuallycurious professors, and to explore all of my diverse interests!
My name is Mireyda, and I will be attending McCombs School of Business, this fall and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I'm nervous because I consider myself to be an introverted person, and tend to isolate myself from big events. Thus, hindering my chance of making friends, but I hope to break out of my shell in the next four years I spend at UT. Not only do I want to grow as a person at UT, but also learn how different cultures around the globe can conduct productive business with one another. Overall, my biggest goal at UT is to become the first member of my family to graduate from college, and to finally become less introverted.
My name is Jacqueline Porteny. In high school, I was thoroughly involved in a multitude of clubs and organizations, such as Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Gender Studies Club. I enjoy planning events and being a leader, which was helpful in my positions as Treasurer, Historian, and Vice President of these organizations. I have competitively ridden horses for 14 years, and I very much look forward to joining UT's Equestrian Team. I am most looking forward to learning more about myself and the world around me as I am challenged academically at UT, seeing as I am a firm believer that personal and professional success require a cultivated mind. I feel very fortunate to attend an institution that provides its students with a multitude of tools and opportunities, inspiring them to make a difference in the "real" world. I could not be more excited to be a Longhorn this fall. Hook 'em!
I have worked immensely hard in school while balancing my studies with AP courses and extracurricular activities. The thing I was most passionate about in school was volleyball, where I participated in the volleyball program all 4 years. I dedicated summers, weekends, holidays, and any time I could at camps and playing club volleyball. I was presented with Academic All-District, Academic All-State Team, Honorable Mention All-District, and Academic A Honor Roll. In addition, I was also the National Honor Society secretary, and an active member of student council and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. I also contributed to reestablishing the San Marcos Science Club, where we presented science experiments throughout our community. Amongst my academics and extracurricular activities, my favorite community service program to volunteer at, is my local Brown Santa, where I helped wrap and deliver presents to boys and girls in Hays County. At UT I plan on studying Business, particularly in international business, along with global or cultural studies. The thing I’m most excited about at UT is joining new organizations that interest me and some day be able to study abroad.