Emily Gex
Karen and Charles Matthews, Jr. Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2020
Hometown
Houston, TX
High School
Stratford High School

Hi! I'm Emily and I'm from Houston. I'm a senior in the Business Honors Program at UT, and I am double majoring in Business Honors and finance. I'm also completing a Business and Public Policy certificate through McCombs, and I'm minoring in Art History with a focus in 19th century European art. 

I love all things food, culture, running, health, and business. I also am interested in entrepreneurship, venture capital, and the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space. 

I'm involved in Christian campus ministries at UT, and I'm on the executive board of my sorority. I'm involved in numerous finance organizations within McCombs and love mentoring younger students who are going through tough classes, finance recruiting, or just life in general.

After my sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to be able to use FASP funds to study abroad at the London School of Economics; I studied finance and valuation in London for 6-weeks and was able to visit Scotland, Amsterdam, Prague, Oxford, and Barcelona on the weekends. My study abroad experience was made possible through the Forty Acres Scholars Program and was a highlight of my college career.

After my junior year, I interned at Goldman Sachs in its Special Situations Group (SSG) through the Specialty Lending Group in Dallas, TX. After college, I'm hoping to work in finance and continue to build on my knowledge of capital structure, debt, financial modeling, and generally how to evaluate businesses as investments. Please reach out with any questions you may have. 

Contact: emilygex11@gmail.com

Majors 
Business Honors; Finance

Honors Program
Canfield Business Honors

Other Academic Interests
Public Policy, Art History

Extracurricular Activities 
Student Mobilization Campus Ministry, Chi Omega Sorority, Texas Equity Group, Financial Analyst Program, Business Honors Program Student Recruiter

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)? 
I distinctly remember being at Finalist Weekend for the Forty Acres Scholarship and forgetting that money was part of the scholarship at all, which seems so contradictory. All I could think of while at Finalist Weekend was how much I loved the people I met. The older scholars were all so welcoming and successful, and I remember wanting to be just like them. I remember being so in awe of the other finalists around me. The students interviewing for the scholarship were casually talking about the books they had written, the medical research they had conducted. It was the first time in my life where I felt like I could gain something intellectually simply from conversing with the people around me. I knew that if I wanted to push myself to be the best version of myself, I needed the diverse and passionate group of Forty Acres Scholars around me. I totally forgot that money was even involved-all I knew is that I never wanted to leave these people.