According to the Texas Exes website:
“The Forty Acres Scholars Program is a four year merit scholarship that is solely based on scholarship, leadership, and community activities. It is designed to compete with the other full scholarship and benefits offered at Ivy League schools and other top universities.”
The site also includes a brief bio of James that highlights some of his main contributions to the University of Texas system (below). Please join us in congratulating James on this great honor.
“Mr. Huffines currently serves as president and chief operating officer of PlainsCapital Corporation, a position he has held since November 2010. Prior to that, he served as chairman of Central and South Texas for PlainsCapital Bank, a position held since joining the PlainsCapital organization in 2001. Mr. Huffines holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Texas. He currently serves on the board of PlainsCapital Corporation, Dallas Citizens Council, the University of Texas Foundation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation Advisory Board, and is the University of Texas at Dallas Capital Campaign’s co-chair. He also serves on the board of privately-held Energy Future Holdings (formerly TXU Corp.), and is chairman of its audit committee. In addition, Mr. Huffines served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents from 2004-2007, and 2009-2010, (chairman for more than four years) and the UTIMCO Board which serves as the endowment for the University of Texas System.
Mr. Huffines has been honored with numerous awards during his career. One of his most cherished is The Santa Rita Award which is the highest award bestowed by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. Other valued awards include the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and the President’s Medal from the University of Texas at El Paso. Mr. Huffines also participates in many community and business organizations, serving as a member of the advisory board of Texas Lyceum, the Board of Trustees of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Texas System and is a member of the Texas Philosophical Society.”