Sebastian, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Sebastian
Tom and Sally Dunning Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2022
Spanish Fort, AL
High School
Daphne High School

The quintessential middle child. The peacemaker, the listener, the negotiator. With these qualities, it was no surprise to my family when I said I wanted to go to school for social work. When I began my college search, I had two major “must haves”. One was that I wanted the school to be in a large metropolitan city. An older sister of mine went to college in D.C. so in true middle child fashion, I saw the awesome benefits of living in a large city secondhand and now I got to steal her idea and have my own opportunity to explore a fun city! The second criteria I was looking for in a school was was a good social work program. Even though I had never been to Austin, when I learned that UT Austin’s Steve Hick’s School of Social Work is ranked in the Top 10 Social Work Programs in the country, I knew I had to apply. Once I visited campus and toured the social work school, I knew this was the place for me. I am eager to make a positive impact in this world working with vulnerable populations such as children and immigrants, and I am excited to begin this journey at The University of Texas.

Social Work

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program? 
I love a good challenge. I am competitive with myself and on paper (or more specifically on my computer screen) the Forty Acres Scholars Program is the ultimate challenge of personal development for my college career. I knew that in a university of over 50,000 students, I wanted to somehow find a small community of individuals with the same passion and drive as I have. What I found on Finalist Weekend was that Forty Acres provided me with an opportunity to have a close-knit community of diverse students as well as a network of alumni and faculty. Their differing backgrounds and interests will broaden my view of the world we live in, challenging me to become a more passionate, compassionate, and empathetic student, friend, leader and person.