Kelsey Mumford
David Begala Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2019
Lago Vista, TX
High School
Lago Vista High School

I am a collegiate cheerleader who spends much of my time studying, working with student organizations, and conducting research with my mentor: an extrovert with a type-A personality. While I am driven, particular, and ambitious, I also love eye contact, handshakes, and puns. Call me Miss Pungeniality. I feverishly work on the projects I am passionate about and I enjoy brainstorming clever solutions to vexing problems. I am a petite young woman, but I don’t have an irony deficiency.


Biology; Nursing Honors

Honors Program:

Nursing Honors

Other Academic Interests:

Health Policy, Public Health, Bioethics, Global Health

Extracurricular Activities:

Health Advocacy Student Coalition Founder/President; Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant; Central Health Equity Policy Council Member; UT Nursing Students Association Vice President; National Student Nurses Association Resolutions Committee Vice Chair; Student Government School of Nursing Representative; Public Health Research with Dr. Ana Todd; University Orange Squad Cheerleader

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

I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program for its rich personal and professional opportunities for growth at the university beyond financial support. Through the program, I was connected with shadowing opportunities with alumni in my field and allowed to explore the healthcare systems of two Spanish-speaking countries while studying abroad. These experiences have shaped my undergraduate education and will remain a cornerstone of my career.

Favorite FASP Memory

My favorite memory in the program is from the sophomore scholars’ retreat last year. My cohort spent the weekend in Wimberley, Texas, in one giant house. The first night of the retreat I remember looking around in the living room and seeing all 19 of us laughing and talking, and it really looked like a scene from The Brady Bunch. I’m so thankful to this program for giving me such a driven and inspiring group of friends to go through college with!