Students Awarded Surprise Impact Scholarships

March 23, 2018

More than 30 outstanding students from across the state received the surprise of a lifetime when representatives from the Office of Admissions surprised them in their hometowns at their homes or school with a $48,000 Impact Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who are making an impact in their communities and covers the cost of tuition for the students’ four years at UT Austin.

“It has been an absolute privilege for us to be able to recognize these amazing students and award them with an Impact Award. These students are already making an impact in their communities and we know they will make an impact on the Forty Acres as well,” said Rachelle Hernandez, senior vice provost for enrollment management at UT Austin. “These future Longhorns represent our leaders of tomorrow and we are excited to welcome them to campus this fall as members of the Class of 2022.”

Students are selected for the scholarship through a holistic review process. A student’s demonstrated leadership, proven academic success, financial need, perseverance, and commitment to their schools and communities are all qualities that are evaluated when selecting Impact Scholars.

UT Austin had previously awarded all scholarships in the spring, however this year the university surprised students with these Impact Scholarships earlier in the fall so that students could know that they have the financial support to help make their dreams come true on the Forty Acres.

“We want them to know we care about them and their futures. At UT our motto is what starts here changes the world—and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for these impact makers,” Hernandez added.

Since November, 32 students from Texas and one student from Colorado have been awarded an Impact Scholarship. More scholarships are expected to be awarded in the next month.


Impact Scholarship recipients in the news:

KDVR - FOX 31 Denver
Talented teenage musician gets surprise of a lifetime

Austin American-Statesman
This video of a future Longhorn getting a full scholarship will make you cry

The Dallas Morning News
UT goes door-to-door surprising students with free college

The Daily Texan
High school couple benefits from surprise Impact Scholarships

The Monitor (McAllen, TX)
Mission seniors among first Longhorn Scholarship Surprise recipients


Photos from a few of the surprises: