Lucious McDaniel IV
George Kozmetsky Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2022
Hometown
Frisco, TX
High School
Dr. Justin Wakeland High School

Legend has it that my first words were "Hook'em Horns" and I would not be surprised if that rang true. I have been a lifelong Longhorn at heart, and I have always dreamed of going to The University of Texas at Austin. Some of my earliest memories revolve around attending Texas football games and looking out at the Austin skyline from Darrell K Royal Stadium. While attending Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas, and had the honor of serving as the Wakeland Golf Team Varsity Captain, Key Club Chapter Vice President and as the State President of Texas DECA. As the President of Texas DECA, I had the opportunity to travel the country and perform speaking engagements in places like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Austin, just to name a few. Additionally, I helped orchestrate numerous community service projects that involved hundreds of schools across the state and country. Through DECA, I also found my love for entrepreneurship which led me to place first in the world at an international pitch event. Looking forward towards college, I am very excited to continue building upon my company, Phly, and getting more involved with the social entrepreneurship scene in Austin.  I have always had a passion for helping others, and I am excited to see how I leave my mark on the Forty Acres.

Major:

Business Honors

Honors Program:

Business Honors Program

Other Academic Interests:

Entrepreneurship and World Cultures and History 

Extracurricular Activities:

I own a startup called Phly, which is a fusion of the phrase "Philanthropist on the Fly". Phly empowers people to give to the charitable organizations that matter most to them more frequently and with less effort while feeling great every time they transact. I launched www.Phly.ai in May of 2018 and plan to grow my company while at The University of Texas. Additionally, I plan to get involved with Genesis and the Honors Business Association.

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?

I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program by the amazing opportunity to be a part of a cohort of diverse candidates with high potential and high aspirations to truly change the world. Additionally, the Forty Acres Scholars Program offered a plethora of opportunities and connections that would have not otherwise been accessible to me in my academic or professional career.

Favorite FASP Memory:

My favorite memory with my cohort was staying up until 4 a.m. to stargaze and talk on the last day of Camp Texas. Then we had a full on debate about going to bed or staying up to watch the sunrise. We ended up with about two hours of sleep that day but it was very much worth it.