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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 University's six Core Values. 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. Organizations that complete the program are eligible for monetary prizes awarded at the Evening of the Stars ceremony in spring 2022.

To participate, all organizations must

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, an organization must complete six points in one Core Value category.

2021 Recipients

*Indicates 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.

2021 Recipients

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