Alicia Crespin
AIM Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship 
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2020
Pasadena, TX
High School
Pasadena Memorial High School

Growing up in El Salvador and later moving to the United States made me more aware of the world around me. Discovering the socioeconomic challenges that different groups face within the United States and around the globe motivated me to pursue a career through which I can make a difference. In high school, I found my passion in business after taking marketing, finance, and accounting classes. Along with my academic interests, I sought a field that would fulfill my interests in social service and travel. During my application process, I had the opportunity to talk to UT alumni who work in social finance and share my passions and interests. Joining UT, McCombs, and the Forty Acres Scholars Program has helped me grow academically, professionally, and personally by giving me access to rigorous courses, meaningful service projects, and even a life-changing study abroad program that took me to Buenos Aires.

Business Honors; Finance

Honors Program 
Canfield Business Honors

Other Academic Interests 
Global Studies, Sustainability

Extracurricular Activities 
Honors Business Association; Undergrad Teaching Assistant for BIO 301D; Office Assistant in the College of Natural Sciences; Latinx Honors Student Association; Association of Mexican-Americans at UT; La Capirucha (Marketing Associate)

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)? 
Attending Finalist Weekend for the Forty Acres Scholars Program helped me realize that I wanted UT to be my new home. The program is way more than a full-ride scholarship. It is a family. Our program director and liaisons are always caring and concerned about our safety and well-being. This is essential for many of us who are away from our families. Also, the scholars are all motivated individuals who help each other be the best. We know that we can count on each other to work on case competitions together or to simply plan a get-together to socialize. In addition, we have privileged access to countless resources like faculty and alumni. Overall, the Forty Acres Scholars Program provides unlimited support for personal and professional growth.

What makes your scholar cohort unique? 
Even though my cohort is the largest one, we manage to continue to have a close-knit group of individuals who care about each other. We all come from diverse backgrounds and have different interests, but we help each other think outside the box and explore new horizons. We support each other when personal challenges arise, and we celebrate each other’s achievements inside and outside of the classroom.

Favorite FASP Memory
During my freshman fall, the Forty Acres Scholars Program introduced its first Thanksgiving dinner. All the scholars came together, and we were joined by others who help keep the program running. Besides enjoying a delicious dinner, we had the opportunity to talk to each other and form a family-like environment. It was moving to hear what everyone was thankful for. Now, I look forward to sharing the next Thanksgiving dinners with the new scholars.

What do you want prospective students to know about The University of Texas? 
UT can be intimidating at first due to its size and history, but there is really nothing to fear. No matter where you go, you will find others who share your interests and who are willing to help you grow. You will find friendly faces as you walk around campus and when you first enter your classrooms. Even when you feel overwhelmed, there are countless resources available that will help you get through the most challenging times. Take advantage of the talented faculty that we have. Reach out to professors, alumni, and other students. Join programs that you are interested in and find activities that you enjoy and will help you de-stress. Everyone at UT wants to see you succeed, so do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help when you need it.