Leila Garza
AIM Foundation Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2025
Houston, TX
High School
Milby High School

Curiosity has been one of the major factors in developing the character I possess today. Since I was young, I always felt a sense of intrigue when it came to the world that surrounds me. I would always ask genuine questions to teachers and administrators whenever I would feel puzzled or perplexed. During projects or assignments, I would always lose myself in the research, learning fascinating new things that I was previously unaware of. Every peculiar item I would encounter, I would always try my hardest to figure out its purpose. My curious mind would always be racing throughout the day constantly asking questions such as "Why is the sky blue?" and "Why are days just 24 hours?" As I grew older, however, so did my mind and mentality. The sense of curiosity I developed when I was young contributed significantly to my increase in knowledge. My constant will to learn allowed me to expand my horizons. I began to step out of my comfort zone joining clubs and organizations, such as the National Honor Society, and began participating in extracurricular activities outside of school. As a result, I was given access to numerous opportunities that reflected my interests and aspirations. My curiosity is responsible for leading me towards success. The questioning and wonder I experienced throughout my life directly influence the decisions I make at an academic level to ensure the greatest outcome I can give. I cherish my curiosity for allowing me to pursue the objectives and goals I've established for myself and allowing me to become the being I am today.


What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
Despite having Finalist Weekend completely virtual, the Forty Acres Scholars Program definitely made it a priority to make everyone feel welcomed. Getting to meet new people was a task that I would get to experience at the University of Texas, but the program made it so much easier. When getting to know the other Scholars, I wouldn’t have thought that these friends would become more of a family to me. Besides having the tight bond with the cohort, the number of resources that FASP provides is endless. There are so many events established that give Scholars the opportunity to meet alumni and other cohorts. While being in the Forty Acres Scholars Program, I am able to continue my academic career with an amazing cohort, resources, and alumni to guide me in the right direction!