Holland Wiles
Texas Exes Dallas Chapter Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2022
Dallas, TX
High School
Highland Park High School

I have always loved volunteering in my community and creating pieces of art with my mom. I began spending time at a nonprofit organization called Dwell with Dignity, where their mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. Dwell with Dignity allowed me to combine my eye for design with my heart for community service, and I was able to be creative and impact my community at the same time. I plan to continue my community service in Austin over the next four years with my Forty Acres cohort. During my high school career, I was able to intern with multiple firms giving me the chance to see how both large, international architectural firms and small interior design firms function. I am excited to study at The University of Texas and learn from the best so that I may pursue my dreams after college. 

Interior Design

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program because of the wonderful connections and relationships that it provides scholars with both during and after college. It is very evident that the members and donors who sponsor this program invest so much of their time and energy into the scholars. I was also attracted to the Forty Acres Program because of the unique opportunity to study abroad which this program affords its scholars. Being able to study abroad allows scholars to gain more experience and knowledge in their specific field and gives us a competitive advantage when searching for jobs. Lastly, I was drawn to this program because it is a great way to meet other students who are motivated and passionate about life and learning. The University of Texas is a large school, but being part of a tight-knit group like the Forty Acres Scholars Program helps the university feel smaller and more personal. Not only will the Forty Acres Scholars Program provide me with connections both during and after college, it will allow me to meet friends that will last a lifetime.