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Neighborhood Longhorns Program

Who We Are

Started in 1991 as a way to introduce children to the college environment, the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) aims to increase retention rates, improve grade performance and provide unique campus experiences for economically disadvantaged students in Austin area Title I elementary and middle schools.

 

Through a unique partnership with Austin Independent School District, the program inspires students to succeed and offers them opportunities to experience The University of Texas at Austin firsthand. Each year, NLP serves over 5,500 students in 39 participating schools and encourages them to put their lives on an educational track through tutoring, incentives, scholarships and campus visits.

 

 

What We’re Fundraising For

The Neighborhood Longhorns Program seeks funding to provide scholarships for students that meet certain criteria each school year. A $100 scholarship is awarded to those participating students who earn at least an 85 (or 3) in every class, complete their school’s reading component, and have excellent attendance. Students qualify for a scholarship each year they are enrolled in the program and meet the criteria. When a student graduates from high school and attends an institution of higher learning, the earned funds are distributed in the form of a scholarship. If a student attends The University of Texas at Austin, the Neighborhood Longhorns Program will match the amount earned in the program.

 

 

Your Impact

Your support ensures the academic success of students in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program by providing opportunities that motivate students to reach their full potential. Most students participating in the program come from economically disadvantaged or historically underrepresented families in which a college education may not seem feasible or necessary. When parents have not attended college—and often may not have completed high school—a student might never consider the possibility of attaining a higher education. Not only does the Neighborhood Longhorns Program expose them to a university experience in which they are made to feel welcome, the program also provides student participants with the opportunity to earn a scholarship based on their performance. By providing a modest scholarship to students that graduate high school and enroll in college, the program demonstrates at an early age that a college education is a worthwhile pursuit and sets them on a path to success.

 

Your gift to the Neighborhood Longhorns Program helps at-risk students realize that they are 100% college material. Hook ‘em on Education!

 

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Surprise Mid Morning Stretch
Surprise! Its a Mid Morning Stretch! From 9 – 11 a.m. Central you can help win up to $1,500 for your favorite area of UT. The three colleges, schools, units and organizations who receive the greatest number of unique gifts will receive the following prizes: 1st place: $1,500 2nd place: $750 3rd place: $250
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Surprise Challenge
SURPRISE! From 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central you can help win up to $1,500 for your favorite area of UT. The three colleges, schools, units and organizations who receive the greatest number of unique gifts will receive the following prizes: 1st place: $1,500 2nd place: $750 3rd place: $250
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Kick Off Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15 from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
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International Challenge
International Challenge – The first donor from each continent will win an additional $250 toward their designation. Donor’s residence country will be determined by the donor heat map function of giving day website and the credit card billing address. September 15 at 6:00 AM CST until September 16 at 10:00 PM CST - $250 per continent, $1,750 total
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BEVO XV Match
Double your impact! The first $7,000 in gifts received for the Neighborhood Longhorns Program will be matched dollar for dollar by BEVO XV and the Silver Spurs.
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University Wide Total Dollars Leaderboard
College, school, unit, or organization with the highest amount of dollars raised will receive awards in the following order 1st Place - $3,000 award 2nd Place - $1,000 award 3rd Place - $500 award
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All-Nighter Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15, 10:00 PM CST – September 16, 7:00 AM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
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Hook ‘em Parents Match
Gifts from parents of current UT Austin students will be matched during this time period until the total funds of $2,500 is exhausted. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 16 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
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First-Time Donor Match
The first $5,000 in gifts made by people who have never made a gift to The University of Texas at Austin will receive a match. Any gift of $50 or less will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $5,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified.
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Student Study Break Match
The first $2,500 in gifts made within this period by currently enrolled UT students will receive a match. Any gift of $25 or less will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $2,500, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 15 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST – $2,500 match for gifts up to $25
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2020 Class Gift Match
All gifts made by newly graduated and current UT Austin underclassmen and graduate students scheduled to graduate in 2020 will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $50,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified.
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Longhorn Pride Social Media Challenge
Longhorn Pride Social Media Challenge – Show your Longhorn pride and help the UT area of your choice win $1,000! Post a selfie or photo showing your Longhorn pride and tell your friends why you give back during 40 for Forty. The winning photo, as decided by the 40 for Forty committee, will win an extra $1,000 for the UT area of your choice. Only photos posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtags #UT40for40 and #UTEntry will be eligible to win. Deadline: September 16 at 4:59 pm CST - $1,000 designation
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Faculty & Staff Pre-Campaign Match
The first $40,000 in payroll deduction pledges, made by UT Austin faculty and staff will be matched based upon amount pledge between the first day pledged and August 31, 2020. There is no maximum individual donation amount for this opportunity.
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Happy Horns Happy Hour Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
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Longhorn Lunch Special Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest dollar amount within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 15 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
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US State Challenge
Keep an eye on the main page’s donation heat map! The first donor from each state will win an additional $100 toward their designation. Donor’s residence state will be determined by the donor heat map function of giving day website and the credit card billing address. September 15 at 6:00 AM CST until September 16 at 10:00 PM CST - $100 per state, $5,000 total
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Texas Exes Coloring Challenge
Complete the official coloring pages of 40 Hours for the Forty Acres to win prize money for your favorite area of campus! To enter, post your completed coloring sheet to your favorite social media platform with the tags @texasexes and #UT40for40. Deadline: September 16 at 4:59 p.m. Central. Download the coloring pages https://bit.ly/3iob6Mn Prizes: 1st Place – Adults (18+): $1,000 2nd Place – Adults (18+): $500 1st Place – 17 & under: $1,000 2nd Place – 17 & under: $500
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University Wide Gift Leaderboard
College, school, unit, or organization with the greatest number of gifts will receive awards in the following order: 1st Place - $3,000 award 2nd Place - $1,000 award 3rd Place - $500 award
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Faculty & Staff Coffee Break
Gifts made by faculty and staff donors will be matched dollar for dollar until the $1,000 is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 15 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
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Hungry Bevo Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 16 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
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Final Countdown Challenge
The top 3 colleges, schools, units and organizations that receive the greatest number of unique gifts within this designated period will receive an additional award. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. September 16 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST 1st place - $1,500 2nd place - $750 3rd place - $250
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Longhorn Parent Lunch Match
The first $5,000 in gifts made within this period by parents of currently enrolled UT students will receive a match. Any gift of $250 or less will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $5,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 15 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST – $5,000 match for gifts up to $250
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Faculty & Staff Big Give Match
The first $10,000 in gifts within this period will receive a match. Gifts of any size will be matched until the total funds to be awarded, $10,000, is exhausted. Constituent classification will be determined by self-selection at check-out and will be verified by the 40 for Forty Committee. All awards will be tentative until constituent identity can be verified. September 16 from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM CST - $10,000 (no gift limit)
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Ambassador Round-Up Challenge
The Ambassador Round up challenge winner is the College of Liberal Arts!
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40 for Forty Video Contest
40 for Forty Video Contest – The college, school, unit or organization who has the best video as decided by the 40 for Forty Committee included in their 40 for Forty application submitted by February 7, 2020 will receive an additional $1,000. The award designation will be determined by the receiving college, school, unit or organization. Deadline: March 6 at 11:59 CST - $1,000 designation
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