Siji Deleawe
George Kozmetsky Forty Acres Scholarship 
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2020
Cedar Hill, TX
High School
Cedar Hill Collegiate High School

“There isn’t just one world, there are seven billion different worlds that lie within each person; Therefore by changing just one life, you’ve effectively changed the world.” These are the words that I live by because everything that I passionately pursue at The University of Texas, whether academically or extracurricularly, serves my greater purpose of changing the world. I strive for success in every area of my life because I know that I have the potential to change lives through my goal of becoming an attorney and a social entrepreneur. When I'm not planning to change the world, I love traveling around it. I've case studied operations management in Hong Kong and leadership in Costa Rica. Over the years, I've also visited or lived in Lagos, Nigeria; Sydney, Australia; The Dominican Republic; Mexico; Beijing, China; Belize, Panama and all over the U.S. I also enjoy writing poetry, reading dystopian literature, thrifting, cooking, and finding new adventures with friends.

Business Honors; Plan II Honors with a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits in the international development strand

Honors Programs
Canfield Business Honors Program; Plan II Honors

Other Academic Interests
Social Entrepreneurship; Law; Nonprofit 

Extracurricular Activities
Student Government; Texas Orange Jackets; Texas Spirits; Haven Student Fellowship; Summer Intern at EY; I started a nonprofit organization called The KIKA Project to promote literacy and build libraries in rural Nigeria

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)? 
The Forty Acres Scholarship program provides access to unparalleled opportunities through its affiliates and alumni. While this is amazing in itself, I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program for much more than that. FASP is so much more than just a scholarship. It is more than even a program. It is truly a family and it is one that I am immensely proud and honored to be a part of. The program has amazing students and staff who are always there for encouragement and support.

Favorite FASP Memory
My favorite FASP memory is Scholar Thanksgiving Dinner one year. We all gathered together in the Alumni Center to catch up during the stressful period between midterms and finals. I was reminded once again of how many brilliant and interesting people are in the Forty Acres Scholars Program. Across from me, one of the scholars performed amazing magic tricks while we waited to get our food, and throughout dinner I was able to talk with older scholars about how our semesters were going and our plans for the future. Besides the fact that FASP is amazing for always keeping us fed with delicious meals, during that dinner was when I really felt for the first time that I was dining with family. It’s a simple memory but the knowledge that I could always turn to these people and we all shared the common goal of pursuing greatness really warmed my heart on that wonderful fall evening. The feeling that I had over that Thanksgiving dinner never fails to bring a smile to my face.

What do you want prospective students to know about The University of Texas? 
When you come to UT, you’ll hear “what starts here changes the world” so often that it might just haunt you in you dreams, but it is so much more than just a saying. It’s simply a reality that in a school this big with so many people so passionate about a thousand different things, UT not only inspires you to want to change the world, it gives you the tools and resources to do it. UT is a big school but there are so many small places that you can find to call home, and that juxtaposition is one of the many things that make me a proud Longhorn.