Alejandra Flores
BHP Forty Acres Scholarship Chevron Enrichment Award
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2019
Laredo, TX
High School
United South High School

My family moved to the border town of Laredo, Texas, when I was only five years old. Growing up on both sides of the Rio Grande, my Mexican-American culture has always been a strong part of my identity. I am proud to be the first in my family to have the opportunity to attend college. A love for learning meant big uncertainty of what specifically I wanted to pursue in life. At 15 years old I took my first accounting class and immediately became passionate about the language of business. In high school I devoted my free time preparing for accounting competitions and filing income tax returns for my community. I am fortunate to be in the best accounting program in the nation. My values and beliefs closely align with my university. As a student at UT, I am reminded that hard work and persistence can overcome any challenge.


Business Honors; Integrated Masters in Professional Accounting-Tax Concentration 

Honors Program:

Business Honors

Extracurricular Activities:

Education has the power to change lives and I greatly value that. I am the director of operations for Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders, an organization in McCombs that empowers high school students by encouraging them to pursue higher education and civic engagement. I have been involved with Subiendo since I attended the summer academy in 2014. Learning does not only happen in the classroom, it can also happen in the ballroom! I am philanthropy chair for Texas Latin Dance, a talented organization that builds and enhances confidence in Latin dancing. In the past I have been a dance director and choreographer for our Spring Performance Show. My interest in learning can also be witnessed in my future career. My second year of college I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the accounting department and used those skills to bring knowledge to my Launch Internship with Ernst & Young in San Jose, California, the following summer. The summer after my first year I was volunteering with an educational non-profit in the West Bank. I have also been interning with the Texas Exes Scholarships Department since February 2016 and am inspired by the great work that is put behind the scenes of the events I attend as a Forty Acres Scholar.

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?

The Forty Acres Scholars Program is one of a kind. FASP offers students a cohort of the brightest individuals that will step foot on UT. Scholars are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and travel abroad. I was able to have an experience overseas for the first time in my life thanks to Forty Acres. Through the program I have met inspiring professionals who have an interest in knowing more about our story and offering advice. Attending UT as a Forty Acres Scholar has given me an island in such a big ocean.