Howdy! My name is Carlyn Crow and I’m from Austin, Texas. I am honored to be a recipient of the Charline and Red McCombs Family Forty Acres Scholarship and the Marilyn Marshall White Enrichment Award. When I went to James Bowie High School, I served as class president, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, Key Club treasurer, and was a part of PALS (Peer Assistance, Leadership, and Service), Oak Hill United Methodist Church Student Leadership Team, Girl Scouts, the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and theatre. I had the opportunity to open the Austin branch of Top Tier Learning, a start-up peer-to-peer tutoring company, and served as the Austin Branch Manager. In my academic endeavors, I was a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honor. I am pun-loving, fourth-generation Longhorn majoring in Business Honors and Plan II Honors. I have already joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and I am getting involved in a student ministry group called StuMo. As I get further into my college career I hope to join the Honors Business Association, Student Government, and a service organization that works with children. Hook’em!
Business Honors; Plan II Honors
Canfield Business Honors; Plan II Honors
Alpha Chi Omega sorority, StuMo campus ministry. Hoping to join: Honors Business Association, Student Government, Fencing or Water Polo or Powderpuff Football team
What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
The Forty Acres Scholars Program is unlike any other opportunity I discovered during my college application process. This incredible program offers you a tightknit community of driven and successful students, connections to an enormous alumni network, adventures abroad, and financial aid that will make your bank account smile. Like a typical business major, my initial draw to the Forty Acres Scholars Program was the money. However, I soon learned this program is about so much more than just a scholarship. Any school could offer me money. However, the Forty Acres offered unique benefits that made saying yes to UT the obvious choice. I was originally skeptical of attending a college so close to home, yet with the Forty Acres Scholars Program my college campus extends worldwide. This program connects me to opportunities across the globe, whether it’s studying abroad in Buenos Aires, a service program in Kenya, or an internship for a Texas Exes member in Moscow. There is not another scholarship program that will invest in you more than the Forty Acres Scholarship does. I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program because it will help me to carry out the university’s motto of changing the world.
What makes your scholar cohort unique?
We have dubbed ourselves the “tiny but mighty” cohort. With only 14 scholars, we were able to form strong bonds almost instantly. Our personalities and interests are vastly unique from one another, yet we mesh together perfectly. I know this is cheesy to say, but we are family. Yessmeen and I are the “moms” of the group, and we are always prepared to remind our kiddos to lather up on sunscreen and bug-spray. If our strange familial ties are ever called into question we say we are all cousins. I could not be prouder to be “related” to my fellow freshmen scholars. It is an honor to be a part of this cohort.
Favorite FASP Memory
My favorite FASP memory was on our freshmen retreat this summer. The entire cohort squeezed into the hotel room Yessmeen and I were sharing. Because the hotel was super bougie, the TV could connect to YouTube. We were all pulling up our favorite YouTube videos (mine is CeeLo Green’s exploding phone) and then Sabrina pulls up the video she loves most. It was an incredibly unexpected selection. This poised, intelligent woman showed us a video of a man swallowing a record setting amount of hotdog weenies without chewing. He was downing wieners like you pop pills. She had half of us on the verge of vomiting and half of us laughing our heads off. It was a moment (and video) I will never forget.