AUSTIN, Texas—Entering Longhorn Scholars, some of the brightest spring 2003 graduates from traditionally underrepresented high schools in Texas, will be recognized at 4 p.m., Wednesday (Sept. 24) during a welcoming reception in Flawn Academic Center, Room 21, at The University of Texas at Austin.
The number of entering Longhorn Scholars this academic year has increased to 294, up from 266 last year semester, said Vice Provost Lucia Gilbert, director of the Longhorn Scholars Program and the university’s Connections in Undergraduate Studies (Connexus) Program. She said the new Longhorn Scholars include 61 percent Hispanic, 24 percent African American, 7 percent white and 6 percent Asian American students.
Gilbert said Connexus is responsible for the Longhorn Scholars Program’s ongoing development and evaluation and for keeping it focused on its two fundamental components, curriculum and academic advising.
The Longhorn Scholars Program, she said, is a four-year honors initiative for top 10 percent students from selected Texas high schools whose graduates have historically been underrepresented at The University of Texas at Austin. All Longhorn Scholars have been awarded scholarships toward attending the university.