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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 achieve six (6) additional points in one Core Value category. To achieve Exemplary Status, an organization must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories. Additional details on completing criteria can be found on the Pillars Instruction page.

Student organizations can log completed criteria between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Organizations that achieve Distinguished and Exemplary status will be honored at the Evening of the Stars late spring 2021.

To participate, all organizations must be in good standing, attend an information session, ensure their organization HornsLink Official and submit criteria as directed for credit. Full details on requirements can be found on the Pillars Instruction page.

If you have questions about the Pillars of the Forty Acres program, please contact Student Activities at awards@austin.utexas.edu.

Pillars of the Forty Acres Distinguished Status

To achieve Distinguished Status in 2019-2020, an organization had complete 8 points in one Core Value category.

2020 Recipients

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

Pillars of the Forty Acres Exemplary Status

To achieve Exemplary Status in 2019-2020, an organization had to achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.

2020 Recipients

*Indicates organization won $1,000 in the Exemplary monetary drawing for their accomplishments.