Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2028 Finalists

Posted February 15, 2024


The Forty Acres Scholars Program is proud to announce the 52 finalists for the Class of 2028. Admissions invited around 1,300 students to apply. Out of the 850 applications received, 120 semifinalists were chosen to advance to a video interview. 

This year’s finalists come from six U.S. states and have been admitted to eight 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 founders of nonprofits, school organizations, and online platforms; published authors; business owners; and researchers. They spend their time participating in countless hours of community service, leading clubs and organizations in their schools, and interning across the nation.  

From February 29 to March 2, 2024, 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. In 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:

Ashley Abrahams   

Prosper High School 
Prosper, Texas 



Anjum Alam 

Lone Star College System
Houston, Texas 



Anna Kate Albritton

Highland Park High School 
Dallas, Texas 



Astrid Allen  

Kinder High School for the Performing & Visual Arts  
Houston, Texas 



Myshae Allen  

Central High School 
San Angelo, Texas 



Awas Amin  

Carroll Senior High School   
Southlake, Texas 



Nnenna Anyadiegwu  

Trinity Valley School  
Fort Worth, Texas



Alison Beanblossom   

New Trier High School  
Winnetka, Illinois



Nicole Beres   

Carroll Senior High School  
Southlake, Texas 



Peyton Bono  

Highland Park High School   
Dallas, Texas 



Emma Corbell  

Lone Star High School 
Frisco, Texas 



Blair Davis   

St. John's School  
Houston, Texas 



Matthew Freel   

Kingwood High School
Kingwood, Texas 



Rithvik Gabri  

Cistercian Preparatory School  
Irving, Texas 



Catherin Guerra  

Grulla High School 
Rio Grande City, Texas 



Rishi Hariharaprasad   

Louis D. Brandeis High School  
San Antonio, Texas



Alexander Hernandez    

Energy Institute High School 
Houston, Texas 



Dabeluchi Isiofia   

Veterans Memorial High School  
Corpus Christi, Texas 



Lindsey Karkowsky  

The Kinkaid School  
Houston, Texas 



Lucy Katz   

Episcopal High School  
Houston, Texas 



Sanjana Kavula  

Emerson High School  
McKinney, Texas



Rizwan Khan 

Plano West Senior High School 
Plano, Texas 



Walton Kunu  

The Village High School  
Missouri City, Texas 



Sophia Li  

Greenhill School  
Plano, Texas



Eshaan Mani  

The Kinkaid School  
Sugar Land, Texas


Varun Manickam  

Bellaire Senior High School  
Houston, Texas 



Macy McAfee  

Stratford High School  
Houston, Texas 



Anagha Menon  

Seven Lakes High School  
Katy, Texas



Aubrey Menz  

Boerne High School  
Boerne, Texas



Michael Murphy  

St. John's School 
Houston, Texas



Grace Nelson  

Round Rock High School
Round Rock, Texas



Michael O'Connor   

Saint Viator High School  
Arlington Heights, Illinois 



Chioma Olorondu   

George Ranch High School  
Richmond, Texas 



Eeshwar Parasuramuni   

Frisco High School
Frisco, Texas 



Riley Pierce  

The Altamont School  
Vestavia, Alabama



Trinity Power   

Frisco High School 
Frisco, Texas 



Rohan Ralli   

Centennial High School  
Frisco, Texas 



Nikhil Reddy  

Carroll Senior High School  
Keller, Texas 




Akhil Samavedam   

Westlake High School  
Austin, Texas 



Sandeep Sethuraman  

BASIS Chandler   
Chandler, Arizona



Paisley Smith  

Cedar Creek High School  
Cedar Creek, Texas 



Luke Sotelo   

Antonian College Preparatory High School 
San Antonio, Texas 



Katie Szlauko   

Allan Hancock College  
Pismo Beach, California



Chiamaka Uwalaka  

Carnegie Vanguard High School   
Houston, Texas 



Prisha Vithalani  

Plano West Senior High School  
Plano, Texas 



Landon Von Minden  

La Grange High School 
La Grange, Texas 



Zachary Wagner  

Grassfield High School  
Chesapeake, Virginia 



Kai Weaver  

Heights High School  
Houston, Texas 



Andy Wei  

Stephen F. Austin High School  
Sugar Land, Texas 



Kyle Xu  

Flour Bluff High School  
Corpus Christi, Texas 



Jeannette Yang  

Greenhill School  
Frisco, Texas 



Kathleen Yu   

Seven Lakes High School  
Katy, Texas