Connor Healy was one of 10 recipients of the Forty Acres Scholarship to UT. (Courtesy photo)

This spring, Connor Healy, a senior at Parish Episcopal School, was awarded the Forty Acres Scholarship by the University of Texas at Austin. He one of 10 recipients and is the only student in the Dallas area to receive the honor. The scholarship, created by the Texas Exes, is in its inaugural year.

Recipients of the Forty Acres Scholarship are granted four years of tuition and fees, housing and food, books, a living stipend and funding for enrichment activities including service projects, study abroad, research and internships.

The scholarship was created to reward academic study, leadership, citizenship and initiative. Before applying for the scholarship, candidates are recommended to score 1400 or higher on the two-part SAT or 32 on the ACT, achieve National Merit Scholar status and rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class.

Healy is a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Honors. He was involved in the Parish Episcopal theater department, acting as the lead in several plays and musicals. He also was Head Cappie of the school’s Cappies team, a program in which students attend high school theater productions and write reviews for the Dallas Morning News. Healy volunteered for Rays of Light, an organization that takes care of special needs children and their siblings to allow their parents a night out. Healy also is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National French Honor Society and the Community Service Leadership Board.

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