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Pillars of the Forty Acres

Pillars of the Forty Acres is a recognition program for student organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of the University of Texas at Austin. The program has six categories that align with the Core Values. Organizations receive points for completing the criteria within each category to earn recognition status and rewards.

There are two levels of recognition status: Distinguished and Exemplary. To achieve Distinguished Status, an organization must complete 8 points in one Core Value category. Organizations that achieve Distinguished Status are eligible to apply for Swing Out Awards.  To achieve Exemplary Status, an organization must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.

Student organizations can log completed criteria between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. Organizations must also submit a reflection by February 28, 2017. Organizations that achieve Distinguished and Exemplary status will be honored on April 18, 2017 at the Evening of the Stars.

If you have questions about the Pillars of the Forty Acres program, please contact Student Activities at (512) 471-3065 or

2016 Pillars of the Forty Acres Distinguished Status Recipients


  • Alpha Epsilon Delta*


  • Tejas Club*


  • ALPFA*
  • Hispanic Business Students Association*
  • Indian Cultural Association
  • Longhorn Stream Team*
  • Texas Blazers

Individual Opportunity

  • Asian Business Students Association
  • Baal Dan Charities Student Chapter
  • Camp Kesem
  • Campus Events + Entertainment
  • Hispanic Business Students Association*
  • Hispanic Health Professionals Organization
  • Humanity First*
  • Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization
  • Natural Sciences Council
  • Orange Jackets
  • Society of Women Engineers*
  • Student Engineering Council
  • Student Health Advisory Committee
  • Texas Spirits*
  • Undergraduate Business Council*


  • Alpha Phi Sigma
  • Hindu Students Association
  • Hispanic Business Students Association*
  • Texas Bluebonnets

* indicates an organization won a drawing for $200 based on their accomplishments

2016 Pillars of the Forty Acres Exemplary Status Recipient

  • School of Human Ecology Ambassadors
    • Learning, Discovery, Leadership, Individual Opportunity, Responsibility
  • Texas THON
    • Learning, Freedom, Leadership, Individual Opportunity, Responsibility

Both won $1,000 for their accomplishments.