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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, 2018 and February 28, 2019. Organizations that achieve Distinguished and Exemplary status will be honored in April 2019 at the Evening of the Stars.

To enroll in the program, please review the Pillars Instructions page for details.  If you have questions about the Pillars of the Forty Acres program, please contact Student Activities at (512) 471-3065 or awards@austin.utexas.edu.

2019 Recipients

Learning

  • *Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • *Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Terry Scholar Student Association
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • *Texas Royals
  • *Texas Wranglers
  • The Project

Discovery

  • *Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • *Hindu Students Association
  • Texas Blazers
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • Texas Transfer Students
  • *Texas Wranglers
  • Women of Excellence

Freedom

  • Camp Kesem at the university of Texas at Austin
  • The Project

Leadership

  • Afrikan-American Affairs
  • *Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Association of Latino Professionals For America
  • Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Doctors Without Borders at UT Austin
  • Hindu Students Association
  • Lang Stuttering Institute Student Leadership Organization
  • Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • SCORE Athletics
  • *Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Socks for the Sole
  • Student Engineering Council
  • Texas Blazers
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • Texas Ladybirds
  • Texas Spirits
  • Texas Sweethearts
  • Texas Transfer Students
  • Texas Wranglers
  • The Project
  • Women of Excellence

Individual Opportunity

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • *alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Asian Business Students Association
  • Black Health Professions Organization- MAPS Chapter
  • Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Hindu Students Association
  • Hispanic Business Student Association
  • Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
  • Texas Blazers
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • Texas Iron Spikes
  • Texas Spirits
  • Texas Wranglers
  • The Project
  • Women of Excellence

Responsibility

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Hindu Students Association
  • Humanity First
  • Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • Texas Blazers
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • Texas Lonestars

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

Pillars of the Forty Acres Exemplary Status

To achieve Exemplary Status, an organization must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.

2019 Recipients

  • *Alpha Epsilon Delta: Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility
  • *Camp Kesem at the University of Texas at Austin: Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility, Freedom
  • Texas Bluebonnets: Discovery, Individual Opportunity, Leadership, Learning, Responsibility

*Indicates an organization won $1,000 for their accomplishments.