Scholarships

Scholarships are now open.

Please note applications are due to the SAISD Foundation from the High School Lead Counselor by March 30th unless otherwise noted.  Please read through the scholarships made available by generous SAISD Alumni, Community Members and Corporations and see which may be a good fit for you or someone you know. Unless otherwise noted, Lead Counselors should review student applications for completion, add recommendations or comments where required and send via SAISD Pony to the SAISD Foundation. Attention Students: You must indicated on the top of the standard SAISD applications to which scholarship you are applying (just hand write it on the top right).

Looking to donate to one of our existing scholarships?

Click the donate button on the top of the page and list the name of the scholarship in the online form where it ask “Is your gift In honor of someone or for a specific school or program?” or include it on the memo line of the check you send.

Are you a student who needs to process a scholarship award?

Download your check request form here.  We welcome photos to share of you on your campus or in your program.  Questions? Email info@saisdfoundation.com

SAISD STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Annually, the SAISD Foundation supported more than $100,000 in student scholarships to pursue higher education . The SAISD Foundation accepts donations, planned gifts and bequests from alumni, businesses, and community donors to support the dreams of SAISD students with scholarships for higher education. The scholarships managed by the SAISD Foundation in partnership with SAISD Guidance and Counseling and SAISD high schools are listed below. Interested in starting a scholarship?  Click here for more information or contact us.  If you are a scholarship recipient, contact us and tell us your story.

Evelyn Akin Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to the Valedictorian of Jefferson High School. This scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Akin, who was the Valedictorian of Thomas Jefferson High School’s graduating class of 1942. This scholarship was created through the generosity of Ms. Akin’s children and those inspired by her story.

Student Eligibility: Valedictorian of Thomas Jefferson High School. No Application required.

Julian Castro Future Leaders Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to honor former Mayor Castro and recognize his dedicated service to San Antonio. As a City Councilman, Mayor and Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Julian Castro advocated for the best interests of San Antonio, continuing a legacy of family service that was started by his mother, Rosie Castro, and carried on him and his twin brother, Joaquin.

Graduating from Jefferson HS, Castro went on to attend Stanford University, where he majored in political science and communications. After he graduated from Stanford, he attended Harvard Law School, and upon completion of his Juris Doctorate, began working for a law firm in Washington D.C. before returning to San Antonio. In 2001, Castro was elected to San Antonio’s City Council and in 2005 ran for mayor, unsuccessfully, against Phil Harberger. He did not give up on his dream, and was elected Mayor of San Antonio in 2009. In 2014, Julian Castro accepted a nomination from President Barack Obama to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After the Obama administration left office, he returned to San Antonio, where he continues to advocate for the betterment of the City. He recently accepted a position with UT Austin as a distinguished fellow and fellow for the Davila Chair in International Trade Policy.

Essay question: How do you plan to utilize your college education to make a positive impact on and give back to the San Antonio community? How would this carry on Mayor Castro’s legacy?

Student Eligibility: Essay; 3.5 GPA; Standard SAISD Application and plans to attend a college or university in San Antonio or Texas.

Bobby Corbo Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating Jefferson High School student planning on attending St. Philip’s College to become an electrician. This scholarship was established by friends of Bobby Corbo to assist students in their pursuit of higher education and honor his work in the field. If you are a friend of Bobby’s and want to contribute, click here to donate.

Student Eligibility: Senior of Thomas Jefferson High School. Standard SAISD Application required and submitted to high school counselor. Standard SAISD Application

Burbank Hispanic Foundation Scholarship

This annual scholarship was created in 2013 through the generosity of two alumni from Burbank HS to assist a Burbank graduate of Hispanic descent with tuition, books, and college related expenses in his or her first year of college. Thank you Mr.& Mrs. Leal for supporting students from your alma mater.

Student Eligibility: 2.5 GPA; graduating senior at Burbank High School; of Hispanic decent; demonstrated financial need. Standard SAISD Application submitted to HS Lead Counselor.

Robert “Bobby” Deckard Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been created to keep the memory of Robert “Bobby” Decker alive and share his spirit with students graduating from Highlands HS who are involved in the Police Explorers and Criminal Justice courses. Bobby Deckard loved his high school years, was active in sports, excelled academically, and participated regularly in community service. Officer Deckard also dedicated his life to serving and protecting the City of San Antonio. His classmates from Highlands HS Class of 2000 and his family and friends created this scholarship as a tribute to his life and work and continue to accept donations for this scholarship.  To support this scholarship, click here to donate through Paypal and include Officer Deckard in the memo line section of the payment.

Student Eligibility: 3.0 GPA; active in Police Explorers; graduating senior at Highlands High School; participation in an extra-curricular activities, a minimum of twenty hours of community service, pursuing a career in Criminal Justice.  Standard SAISD Application with two letters of recommendation to Lead Counselor or Director of Police Explorers.

DMC Basketball Scholarship

This two-year scholarship is given to a graduating senior at Jefferson High School in memory of David L. McCoy, Jefferson Class of ’76.  While at Jefferson, David was an outstanding basketball player and ran track. He also served as a Senior Class Officer and in that role, he was active in planning class reunions and gatherings. Through the years, he was a strong supporter of youth athletics.

Student Eligibility: a senior who played basketball for Jefferson High School and plans to attend a two-year or four-year college or university. Standard SAISD application submitted to HS Lead Counselor. Annual Deadline is April 15th.

Fox Tech Chile Bowl Scholarship

This scholarship was created out of the generosity of Fox Tech alumni who want to give back to students in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, Fox Tech and Lanier alumni gather to honor other outstanding alumni and continue a rich tradition of healthy competition between the schools out of the historic Chile Bowl, raising funds to support students in reaching their fullest potential. The SAISD Foundation serves as the fiscal agent of the Annual Chile Bowl and this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Fox Tech Chile Bowl Scholarship Committee.  Since inception, more than 81 students have been awarded scholarships.

Submit Chile Bowl Scholarship Application via school Counselor to the Chile Bowl Scholarship Committee.

Christopher Grant Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is given by the Family and Friends of Christopher Grant. Christopher was a beloved mentor, educator, family member and friend. He was dedicated to working with children and believed in encouraging and pushing them to achieve their dreams. Christopher was a native San Antonian who attended SAISD schools. He was a 2001 graduate of Brackenridge HS and an Honorary Sam Houston Hurricane. Chris loved children and dedicated 10 years of his life to working at a center for children as well as working at a local children’s home where he mentored hundreds of kids. He felt that helping children who needed a big brother, father figure, or friend was his calling. Through these scholarships, Chris’ giving spirit will live on in helping students to fulfill their dreams.

Student Eligibility: desire to attend a two-year or four-year college or university; 2.5 GPA; demonstrated commitment to community service, financial hardship.  Christopher Grant Scholarship Application submitted to HS Lead Counselor. Annual Deadline is March 30th.

Francis G. Greiner, MD Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student from an SAISD High School interested in pursing a career in education, health care or medicine. This scholarship was created in Dr. Greiner’s memory by his mother, Dolores Greiner.

Student Eligibility: Plans to attend a 2-year or 4-year college, university, or trade school. Students planning to pursue a career in Health Care, Medicine or Education will be given priority. Successful applicants will be those who are highly motivated with a strong desire to succeed and a 3.0 GPA or higher. Standard SAISD Application submitted to High School Lead Counselor.

GEO Group Scholarship

This annual, scholarship is funded by The GEO Group Foundation, Inc. to support tuition expenses for up to six students pursuing higher education who have an interest in a career in the criminal justice system.

Student Eligibility: active in Police Explorers or Criminal Justice classes in their high school; graduating senior at Jefferson, Lanier or Edison High School; plans to pursue a career in Corrections or Criminal Justice.

Standard SAISD Application with Essay #1 to HS Lead Counselor.

Lanier Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship was created out of the generosity of a dedicated Lanier alumnus who wants to give back to students at Lanier who are pursuing careers in business, accounting or banking. This two-year renewable scholarship will be awarded to two graduating seniors at Lanier High School, who are attending four-year colleges or universities.

Student Eligibility:  2.75 GPA, demonstrated work ethic, and financial need. Standard SAISD application with Essay #1 to HS Lead Counselor.

Lanier Chile Bowl Scholarship

This scholarship was created out of the generosity of Lanier alumni who want to give back to students in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, Lanier and Fox Tech alumni gather to honor other outstanding alumni and continue a rich tradition of healthy competition between the schools out of the historic Chili Bowl, raising funds to support students in reaching their fullest potential.  The SAISD Foundation serves as the fiscal agent of the Annual Chile Bowl and this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Lanier Chile Bowl Scholarship Committee.

Submit Chile Bowl Scholarship Application via school Counselor to the Chile Bowl Scholarship Committee.

John Quiñones Journalism & Media Scholarship

This two-year scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Brackenridge High School, who plans to pursue a career in journalism or media. The funds for this scholarship were generously donated by Brackenridge alumnus John Quiñones.

Student Eligibility:  3.0 GPA, sincere interest in pursuing journalism or media as a career, plans to enroll in a four-year college or university.  Standard SAISD Application with Essay #1 to HS Lead Counselor.

RICOH Print Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to students who are involved in the Print Shop programs at Lanier HS and Brackenridge HS. Students pursuing careers in graphic arts are related fields are encouraged to apply. These funds are generously donated by the RICOH company.

Student Eligibility: 2.5 GPA; active involvement in the Print Shop/Graphic Arts Program at Lanier HS or Brackenridge HS, plans to pursue a career in graphic design or a related field. Standard SAISD Application with Essay #1 submitted to campus Print Shop Coordinator.

Manny E. Ruiz Jefferson Alumni Scholarship

This two-year scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Jefferson High School, who plans to pursue a career in business and has a history of community service and civic engagement.  The funds for this scholarship were generously donated by Jefferson alumnus Manny E. Ruiz.

Student Eligibility:  3.0 GPA, sincere interest in pursuing a career in business, plans to enroll in a four-year college or university in Texas.  Standard SAISD Application with Essay #1 to HS Lead Counselor.

San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame YWLA Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy to support their higher education at four-year colleges and universities. Awardees may apply for subsequent years of funding. The program was created out of the generosity of the Members of the SAWHOF who continue to support these scholarships on an annual basis. The SAWHOF recognizes and honors outstanding women from the community for their service and contributions.

Student Eligibility: graduating senior or alumnus from YWLA pursuing higher education; demonstrated leadership; and a desire to give back.  SAWHOF Application submitted to the College Readiness Coordinator at YWLA.

Louis S. Tamez Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the family of Louis S. Tamez, a native San Antonian and SAISD graduate. Lou was born to parents who were migrant farm workers and began working in the fields at age seven. His mother instilled in him the value of an education to escape the life of poverty and at the age of 17, he joined what was then the Army Air Corps. He was one of ten men selected to go to school at the U.S. Coast and Geodedic Survey (the precursor to the NOAA), where he learned cartography, topography and aerial photography. He eventually trained as a navigator and retired from the Air Force as a Captain. Lou passed on his work ethic as well as his mother’s belief in the power of a good education. He was a kind and generous person who delighted in helping people, so it is a fitting tribute to his legacy that he will continue to help others through this STEM Scholarship.

Student eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA; pursuing a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field at a 4-year college/university, Preference will be given to but not restricted to first-generation college students. Preference will be given to but not restricted to female applicants. Submit Standard SAISD Application with Essay #1 to HS and High School Unofficial Transcript to Lead Counselor.

Michael J. Tamez Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor of Michael Tamez, who suffered from depression and passed from this life too soon. Michael was a young man with a bright and beautiful heart who was loved by all who knew him. This scholarship seeks to support and encourage individuals who wish to help others to overcome mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with these disorders.

Student eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA; Graduating seniors from Fox Tech high school who are pursuing a degree in a mental-health field (Psychiatry, Psychology, Counseling, etc.) field at a 4-year college/university, Preference will be given to but not restricted to first-generation college students. Submit Standard SAISD Application with Essay #1 to HS and High School Unofficial Transcript to Lead Counselor.

YWLA PTSA

The parents and students of the PTSA of YWLA have created a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to annually to two graduating seniors.

Student Eligibility:  Graduating senior from YWLA pursuing higher education; and demonstrated citizenship and leadership. YWLA PTSA Application submitted to the YWLA PTSA.

Edward Zuniga Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was created in memory of Brackenridge HS alumnus Edward Zuniga. Edward was a firefighter with a passion for chemical engineering.  The scholarship was started in 2014 by his wife and children and be awarded annually to a student who plans to pursue Chemical Engineering or Chemistry as a major and profession.

Student Eligibility: 3.5 GPA; plans to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry; background in Chemistry.  Standard SAISD Application with an Essay #1 to HS Lead Counselor.