Scholarships

Scholarships for the Class of 2018

Scholarships for the SAISD Class of 2018 are now closed. We are excited to be awarding the majority of these scholarships in April and May 2018!  We will be sharing scholarship winners in social media, and on this page once all scholarships have been announced.

Scholarships for the Class of 2019

For the Class of 2019, applications will be accepted beginning February, 1, 2019 through April, 5, 2019.  All applications must be submitted to your campus CBA or Lead Counselor (LC) by March 29, 2019. Unless otherwise noted, CBAs or LCs will ensure all applications fit the criteria, are fully completed, sign all applications and ensure that applications arrive at the SAISD Foundation offices (Twain Dual Language 2411 San Pedro) no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.  Please note, all applicants MUST be willing to submit information the the SAISD Foundation about their progress in college when requested and be open to communicating with the donor of the scholarship.

Looking to Support College Bound SAISD Students?

There are MANY opportunities to support SAISD’s growing number of College Bound students.

Donate to an existing scholarship or to the SAISD Foundation Scholarship Fund. Donate here.

Create a new named scholarship or an endowed scholarship. Click here.

Donate to the new College Bound Emergency Fund to support students in getting from college acceptance to the first day of college. Funds are used to support flights, down payments for on-campus housing, required medical insurance and all the things that can prevent a student from walking in to the first day of class on the college campus in which they enrolled. Donate here. Note College Bound in the comments and you are welcome to specify a high school.

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 supports more than 100 students scholarships to pursue higher education. The SAISD Foundation accepts donations, planned gifts and bequests from alumni, businesses, and community donors to support the dreams and aspirations of SAISD College Bound students with scholarships for higher education. The scholarships managed by the SAISD Foundation are done so in partnership with College and Career Readiness Teams at our SAISD high schools. Active Scholarships 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 or tag us in social media @SAISDFoundation so we can share your successes.

Evelyn Akin Memorial Scholarship

This $1,200 two-year 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 Mrs. 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 by Centro 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 by 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. Upon completion of his Juris Doctor, he 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; Graduating Senior at Fox Tech High School; Completion of the SAISD Student Application with the above essay and plans to attend a college or university in San Antonio or Texas. Submit to CBA or Lead Counselor.

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 Lead Counselor of CBA. SAISD Student 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. Please submit the SAISD Student Application to the Burbank Lead Counselor of CBA.

Robert “Bobby” Deckard Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been created to keep the memory of Robert “Bobby” Deckard 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 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 extra-curricular activities, a minimum of twenty hours of community service, pursuing a career in Criminal Justice.  Please submit the SAISD Student Application with two letters of recommendation to Highlands Lead Counselor, CBA 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 track runner. 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. Please submit the SAISD Student Application to the Jefferson Lead Counselor or CBA.

Fox Tech Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship was created out of the generosity of Fox Tech alumni who wish to give back to students in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, Fox Tech alumni gather to honor other outstanding alumni and raise funds to support students in reaching their fullest potential. The SAISD Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for their event and this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Fox Tech Alumni Scholarship Committee. Since the scholarship’s inception, more than 90 students have been awarded.

Submit Fox Tech Alumni Scholarship Application via Fox Tech Lead Counselor or CBA or the Fox Tech Alumni Scholarship Committee. Deadline is April 20, 2018. See guidelines.

Christopher Grant Memorial Scholarship

These $500 scholarships are awarded 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: Graduating Senior from an SAISD high school; desire to attend a two-year or four-year college or university; 2.5 GPA; demonstrated commitment to community service, financial hardship.  Please submit the Christopher Grant Scholarship Application to your HS Lead Counselor or CBA.

Francis G. Greiner, MD Memorial Scholarship

This two-year 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. Successful applicants will be those who are highly motivated with a strong desire to succeed and a 3.0 GPA or higher. Please submit the SAISD Student Application and an essay on your future plans to your High School Lead Counselor or CBA.

GEO Group Scholarship

This $1,000 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 any aspect of the criminal justice system.

Student Eligibility: Active in Police Explorers or Criminal Justice classes or related program in their high school; graduating Senior from Jefferson, Lanier or Edison High School; plans to pursue a career in Corrections or Criminal Justice.

Please submit the SAISD Student Application with an essay on future plans and career field to HS Lead Counselor or CBA.

Lanier Alumni Business 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. Please submit SAISD Student Application with Essay #1 to the Lanier Lead Counselor or CBA.

Lanier Alumni 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 alumni gather to honor other outstanding alumni and raise funds to support students in reaching their fullest potential.  The SAISD Foundation serves as the fiscal agent of their annual event and this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Lanier Alumni Scholarship Committee.

Submit SAISD Student Application via Lanier Lead Counselor or CBA to the Lanier 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. Please submit SAISD Student Application with Essay #1 to the Brackenridge Lead Counselor or CBA.

RICOH Print Scholarship

For the class or 2019, this scholarship is will be awarded to students who are involved in the Print programs at Lanier HS. Students pursuing careers in graphic arts or 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 Program at Lanier HS, preference given to students who plan to pursue a career in graphic design or a related field. Please submit the SAISD Student Application with Essay #1 to your campus Print 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. Please submit the SAISD Student Application with Essay #1 to the Jefferson Lead Counselor or CBA.

San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame YWLA Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy to support their higher education at a four-year college or university. 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.  Please visit with one of the College Bound Advisors at YWLA for the application.

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 SAISD Student Application with Essay #1 to HS and High School Unofficial Transcript to your Lead Counselor or CBA.

Michael J. Tamez Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Michael Tamez, who suffered from depression and passed from this life to 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 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.) at a 4-year college/university. Preference will be given to but not restricted to first-generation college students. Submit SAISD Student Application with Essay #1 and High School Unofficial Transcript to the Fox Tech Lead Counselor or CBA.

Leon Williams Memorial Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is awarded to a graduating Sam Houston or Highlands High School student. This scholarship was established in Leon’s honor by the members of the George Washington Carver Lodge 255 P.H.A. to assist students with additional funding for school.

Student Eligibility: Graduating Senior at Sam Houston or Highlands High School, GPA of 2.5 or higher, demonstrated commitment to community service, submit full SAISD Student Application with an essay on future plans and field of study and 2 letters of recommendation (1-school based and 1-from outside of school) to your Lead Counselor or CBA.

YWLA PTSA

The parents and students of the PTSA of YWLA have created this $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to two graduating seniors from Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Student Eligibility:  Graduating Senior from YWLA who is pursuing higher education and has demonstrated citizenship and leadership. Please fill out the YWLA PTSA Application and submit 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 local firefighter with a passion for chemical engineering.  The scholarship was started in 2014 by his wife and his children and will be awarded annually to one graduating Senior at Brackenridge High School, or from the Brackenridge school boundary zone graduating from an SAISD in-district charter high school, who is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or another field of Engineering. Preference is given to students pursuing Chemical Engineering.

Student Eligibility: Graduating Senior at Brackenridge High School or from an SAISD in-district charter high school but from the Brackenridge High School boundary zone; 3.5 GPA; plans to pursue a career in Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. Please submit the SAISD Student Application with your essay on future plans and field of study to HS Lead Counselor or CBA.