Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2026 Finalists

Posted February 24, 2022


The Forty Acres Scholars Program is proud to announce the 60 finalists for the Class of 2026. Finalists were selected from over 3,400 applicants. Out of those, 143 semifinalists were chosen to advance to a video interview.   

This year’s finalists come from six U.S. states and have been admitted to 10 different schools and colleges across the university. Many of them participate in nationally recognized organizations and competitions such as DECA and UIL. Many are also valedictorians, athletes, team captains, musicians, and student body presidents. Some are published authors, founders of nonprofits, school organizations and online platforms, business owners, researchers, and coders. 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 March 3–5 2022, these exceptional high school students will join us on campus to participate in Finalist Weekend. Activities will include visits with their admitted colleges, a mock class with a UT professor, campus and college tours, panels with current Forty Acres Scholars, optional daily activities, and an individual interview. 

The Forty Acres Scholars Program inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society. Our scholars demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a track record of outstanding academic success. Most importantly, they have passion and a desire to live out the core values of The University of Texas at Austin. The three tenets of the program are community, connection, and discovery. The program is a transformational adventure that helps individuals reach their full potential, and, alongside academic achievement, focuses on personal development, relationship building, and gaining perspective. As the only program of its kind administered by an alumni association, Forty Acres Scholars develop a unique relationship with their alma mater and graduate with an extraordinary network of Longhorns standing behind them.  

Scholarship funding provides for tuition, a living stipend, a book stipend, an enrichment stipend, and program activities.  

Meet the finalists:

Angeline Aloysius

Rouse High School
Georgetown, TX



Leonardo Andrade

YES Prep Public Schools-Gulfton
Houston, TX



Christy Attia

iSchool High STEM Academy
Richmond, TX



Daniel Baker

Trinity Christian Academy
Dallas, TX



Shreya Bhandari

Independence High School
Frisco, TX



Urvi Bhatia

DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Houston, TX



Melanie Charron

Klein High School
Spring, TX



Katherine Chen

Bellaire Senior High School
Bellaire, TX



Kelly Chin

Plano East Senior High School
Richardson, TX



Hope Coltrin

Stratford High School
Houston, TX



Deisiree De Jesus

South Texas ISD World Scholars
Edinburg, TX



Eshaan Doke

Allen High School
Allen, TX



Joseph Egbe

Longview High School
Longview, TX



Lindsay Feinstein

Greenhill School
Dallas, TX



Charvi Goyal

Plano West Senior High School
Plano, TX



Biyanka Hati

Liberty High School
Frisco, TX



Joshua Howard  

Forsyth Country Day School
Winston Salem, NC



Hudson Huff

Westlake High School
Sunset Valley, TX



Mary (Molly) Hunter

Durham Academy Upper School
Chapel Hill, NC



Weiran Jiang

Liberal Arts & Science Academy High School 
Austin, TX



Ryan Karkowsky

The Kinkaid School
Houston, TX



Weston Kirk

Dripping Springs High School
Dripping Springs, TX



Bradley Klinck

Bishop Ireton High School
Alexandria, VA



Nickolena Kolev

Burlingame High School
Burlingame, CA



Naomi Konuma

Second Baptist Upper School
Houston, TX



Ella Krauss

Tomball High School
Magnolia, TX


Noa Ksabi

Akiba Yavneh Academy
Dallas, TX



Sebastian Kuriakose

West Brook Senior High School
Beaumont, TX



Alexander Lacayo

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School
Austin, TX



Rudy Lea

Dallas Christian School
Garland, TX



Katy Lin

Carroll Senior High School
South Lake, TX



Chelsie Lopez

Empowerment High School
Houston, TX



Zoe Marks

Clear Springs High School
League City, TX



Afsaneh Masoumi

Hendrickson High School
Pflugerville, TX



Sophia Maynard

Mirabeau B. Lamar Sr. High School 
Houston, TX



Andrew McAlinden

Vandegrift High School
Austin, TX



Luke Miller

Coronado High School
El Paso, TX



Abigail Mimbela

Pebble Hills High School
El Paso, TX



Lucienne Moran

The John Cooper School
Spring, TX





Kyan Nandlal

YES Prep Public Schools-North Central
Houston, TX



Thomas (Grant) Norsworthy

Clear Falls High School
League City, TX



Yahir Olivares

S. P. Waltrip Senior High School
Houston, TX



Akshita Rawat

Sandra Day O'Connor High School
Helotes, TX



Shana Richards

Sammamish High School
Bellevue, WA



Peter Sall

Saint John's School
Houston, TX



Corey'L Sams

Providence Classical School
Houston, TX



Adalae Simpao

Stephen F. Austin High School
Austin, TX



Isabella Soares

Glenda Dawson High School
Pearland, TX



Hudson Thomas

Community High School
Rockwall, TX



Stephanie Tobias

North Houston Early College High School
Houston, TX



John Trahan

Park City High School
Park City, UT



Ashleigh Trujillo

Luther Burbank High School
San Antonio, TX



Sir Christon Turner

Carver Magnet High School
Houston, TX



Wesland Ung

Allen High School
Allen, TX



Abraham Vallejo

YES Prep Public Schools-Northside
Houston, TX



Stephanie Vela

Veterans Memorial High School
Brownsville, TX



Stephanie Wang

Seven Lakes High School
Katy, TX



Caroline Wei

The Woodlands High School
Spring, TX



Sahan Yerram

Coppell High School
Coppell, TX



Christine Yuan

William P. Clements High School
Sugar Land, TX