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Student earns prestigious Univ of Texas scholarship

Student earns prestigious Univ of Texas scholarship

May 12, 2020

We are over-the-moon proud of Jackson Bellard, who earned the prestigious Forty Acres Scholarship to attend the University of Texas-Austin.

Jackson has participated in our career mentoring program for the past two years, attending workshops and networking receptions at both Carson Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. His eagerness to learn, engage with fellow students, and meet industry leaders resulted in a Futures in Aerospace Scholarship in 2019.

This phenom from Galena High School is on an incredible mission and will become a superstar in the aerospace industry. Way to go, Jackson!

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Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2024 Announced

Posted May 7, 2020

The Texas Exes is pleased to announce the Forty Acres Scholars Program Class of 2024. More than 3,800 students applied for the scholarship, which inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society. On March 4-7, 52 impressive finalists visited the UT campus for a full weekend of in-person interviews and a glimpse at what life on the Forty Acres could be.

Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to our 21 new and exceptional Forty Acres Scholars, and to once again thank our amazing donors for making this possible! Among the incoming class are founders and CEOs of nonprofits and local businesses, summer camps, conferences, and online platforms. Also in the mix are STEM leaders, a global researcher, a licensed pilot, four gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients. There are decorated varsity athletes, AP Scholars, accomplished musicians, and leaders of student organizations.

Meet the Class of 2024:

Jackson Bellard from Reno, Nevada, is the recipient of the Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by the Humboldt Mandell Family. Bellard, who attended Galena High School, was the mayor for the city of Marti at the Nevada Boys State Program, a bass player in the Reno Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for six years, and a volunteer, youth coach, and participant at the First Tee of Northern Nevada. Bellard has been recognized with the Experimental Aircraft Association Tinker Murdoch Family Flight Award, a National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation, and as a First Tee Coca-Cola America’s Future semifinalist. Bellard has been flying since he was 8 years old with the Carson City Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program and earned his private pilot’s license before his high school diploma. He plans to major in aerospace engineering with a minor in public policy. He is the son of Bret and Michelle Bellard.

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