Forty Acres Scholars Finalists Announced

Posted February 13, 2019


Class of 2023 Finalists

The Forty Acres Scholars Program announced 54 finalists for the Class of 2023 and their accomplishments are as impressive as ever. Among them are Eagle Scouts and community service organizers. Many of them participate in nationally recognized organizations and competitions such as Model UN, DECA, and UIL. You may also see them on their sports team as athletes and team captains. Some are NASA interns, founders of nonprofits, coders, and speakers at local and national conventions. Their time has been spent participating in countless hours of community service, leading clubs and organizations in their schools, and interning across the nation. From February 28-March 2, these exceptional high school students will spend a weekend in Austin to visit campus and interview for a spot as a Forty Acres Scholar. The Forty Acres Scholars Program inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society.  

Meet the finalists

Chandani Bansal

Naperville North High School
Naperville, IL

Roosh Bhosale

roosh bhosale

St. John's School
Bellaire, TX

thomas birmingham

Kirkwood High School
Kirkwood, MO

meredith black

The Hockaday School
Dallas, TX

Jill Bohnet

jill bohnet

The Woodlands College Park High School
The Woodlands, TX

max bowman

Barrington High School
Barrington, IL

casey boyer

Regents School of Austin
Dripping Springs, TX

James Champion

james champion

Edinburg High School
Edinburg, TX

Keri christian

Plano Senior High School
Plano, TX

Tony Corrales

tony corrales

Ball High School
Galveston, TX

Brandon curl

Bridge City High School
Orange, TX

Bo Deng

Vandegrift High School
Austin, TX

Joseph Dowdall

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
Houston, TX

anahita farishta

W.B. Ray High School
Corpus Christi, TX

alexandra galloway

Fort Worth Country Day
Fort Worth, TX

abhi godavarthi

Plano West Senior High School
Plano, TX

maria Gu

Ronald Reagan High School
San Antonio, TX

Ethan Helfman

ethan helfman

School of Science and Engineering Magnet
Dallas, TX

Cole Hunt

cole hunt

Laguna Beach High School
Laguna Beach, CA

Annie Jain

Plano East Senior High School
Murphy, TX

Vrat Joshi

Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts
Tyler, TX

Haley Justiz

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Austin, TX

Dan King

The Kinkaid School
Houston, TX


Joshua Martinez

Klein Oak High School
Spring, TX

Sydney Mazat

Grassfield High School
Lantana, TX

Jack McGehee

Fort Worth Country Day
Fort Worth, TX

Ana Maria medina Ramirez

Hendrickson High School
Austin, TX

Trey Menchaca

Hyde Park High School
Austin, TX

Santiago Mendizabal

Incarnate Word Academy
Corpus Christi, TX

Aditi Merchant

Westwood High School
Austin, TX

Jillian Merritt

Wimberley High School
Wimberley, TX

Michael Nguyen

Klein Oak High School
Spring, TX

Lugard Onyendi

Allen High School
Allen, TX

Alysha Orbach

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
Austin, TX

Tobechukwu Phillips

Alvin High School
Alvin, TX

Eliza Pillsbury

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Houston, TX

Drew Rappold

McKinney Boyd High School
McKinney, TX

Marrissa Rawls

Bellaire Senior High School
Houston, TX

Valeria Robayo

Stratford High School
Houston, TX

Arya Saksena

Round Rock High School
Round Rock, TX

Alejandra Saldana

Saint Joseph Academy
Brownsville, TX

Mamie Seiler

Stephen F. Austin High School
Austin, TX

Avni Singh

Stephen F. Austin High School
Austin, TX

Sarah Spivey

John H. Guyer High School
Argyle, TX

Adithya Sreenivasan

McNeil High School
Austin, TX


Sarah Tsai

William P. Clements High School
Sugar Land, TX

Phoebe Wall

The Overlake School
Redmond, WA

Chris Wang

Carnegie Vanguard High School
Houston, TX

Zac Weiss

Vandegrift High School
Austin, TX

Yasmeen Welch

Klein High School
Spring, TX

Christa Westheimer

Clear Brook High School
Friendswood, TX

Claudia Whittlesey

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Austin, TX

Emily Wright

Highland Park High School
Dallas, TX

Jenny Zhang

Westwood High School
Austin, TX