Congratulations to Jackson Bellard!

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.

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.



Congratulations to Abbi Fleiner!

A huge thank you to Abbi Fleiner and AJGA for their donation of $4,310 through the Leadership Links program!

The Leadership Links program’s purpose is to engage competitive junior golfers in charitable activity through volunteerism and fundraising. Charitable activity is associated with golf at virtually every level of the game. Expanding the philanthropic involvement of today’s young players not only benefits individuals today, but also lays a foundation for future charitable activity that will help ensure a continued high level of volunteerism around golf for many years to come.

The AJGA, which works to develop golf’s next generation, is in a unique position to carry out such a program. Leadership Links gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent, and resources to local charities and AJGA youth development programs, such as the ACE grant program that provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to take advantage of top-flight golf opportunities but lack the necessary financial resources. A USGA Grant will match the first $1,000 raised by junior golfers for charitable junior golf programs through Leadership Links.