Sabrina Benitez
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2021
McAllen, TX
High School
McAllen Memorial High School

I am a natural leader. I love to take charge of a group or situation and lead in the positive direction. In high school, I served as an advisor for my school district’s superintendent, co-founded an organization dedicated to raising self-esteem in young adults, ran a school-wide campaign raising awareness for childhood cancer, and served as editor of the Indelible Ink literary magazine. I have a passion for working with people: reaching out to others, talking to them, and feeling connected to something bigger than myself. My experiences in high school taught me the value of establishing positive relationships with my peers, my mentors, and my community. I hope to continue connecting with people at The University of Texas at Austin and for the rest of my life. Academically, I tend to favor the sciences. I love learning about what makes the universe tick on the most basic level and how that affects our daily lives. To be questioning how and why the world works has always been at the forefront of my path to growing as a learner. No matter how crazy or hectic my life may get in the future, one thing stands true: I never want to stop learning about the world around me. Currently, I am on the pre-med track, combining my love for the humanities and my love for the sciences. I aspire to become a medical doctor and to use my past, present, and future experiences here at The University of Texas at Austin to positively impact the lives of others.


Honors Program 
Health Science Honors

Other Academic Interests 
Healthcare and Humanities

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)? 
I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program by its promise of community and leadership. In this program, I can work closely with people with different backgrounds, identities, and dreams to leave a positive mark on The University of Texas at Austin. Being surrounded by like-minded people and hearing their plans for their time at UT is truly inspiring. It is such a beautiful thing to know that everyone graduating as a Forty Acres Scholar will undoubtedly change the world.