Scholarships

How can you support

College Bound Students?

There are MANY opportunities to support SAISD’s growing number of college bound students. To learn how the SAISD Foundation supports college bound and enrolled students click here to read about their experiences.

Donate to the College Emergency Gap/Access Fund to help students get from from college acceptance to college graduation.  Funds are used to support those things that can keep our students from being able to follow the plan they have set. From housing deposits, enrollment and orientation fees that are required before their aid/scholarship package kicks in, and all the barriers that can prevent a student from walking in to the first day of college classes or making it to college commencement. The average Emergency Gap/Access Fund award is $300. It is that easy to make a BIG difference. Donate here.

Are you a frequent flyer? Add your name to a list we can call to help book student flights to get their college of choice or back home for holidays on your airline miles.  More and more of our students are receiving top scholarship packages to top schools out-of-state (Columbia, NYU, Drexel, BU, Notre Dame, MIT and many more), but flights can be a huge barrier for them. Call or email jgeelhoed@saisdfoundation.com.

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. In 2022, we are proud to announce that we have secured 7 new scholarship opportunities through our generous SAISD alumni and former employees as well as our business partners. Read more about those “New in 2022” scholarships below.

Information for Students

Class of 2022 Scholarships have been selected and awarded.

Scholarship applications are available each January. We looking forward to posting more exciting scholarships for you to apply for this fall. 

Current Awardees

If you need to process a scholarship that you have already been awarded, download your check request form here. Be prepared to send proof of enrollment and your latest semester GPA as well as a photo of you on your campus and a short update about your progress.  Questions? Email ssmith@saisd.net.

Emergency Gap Funding

Please click here to access the Emergency Gap Funding Application. SAISD graduating seniors enrolling in college as well as currently enrolled college students are eligible to apply for one-time funding to meet a direct need or gap. Details on what can be supported are in the blue box to your left as well as on the application. Applications from graduating seniors must include the your CBA’s signature.

ACTIVE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

Annually, the SAISD Foundation supports more than 150 students scholarships to pursue higher education and Emergency Gap Funding awards to reduce our students’ barriers stepping on the campus for their first semester. The SAISD Foundation accepts donations, planned gifts and bequests from alumni, businesses, and community donors to support the dreams and aspirations of SAISD students pursuing all forms of post secondary education. The scholarships and gap funding managed by the SAISD Foundation are done so in partnership with the College and Career Readiness Team for the District and the Lead Counselors and College Bound Advisors at SAISD’s 14 high schools. Active scholarships for which students can apply 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 scholarship, which is renewable for a second year, 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. At Jefferson, Evelyn was the pianist for the Girl’s Glee Club and after graduation attended Draughon’s Business School. This scholarship was created through the generosity of Mrs. Akin’s children to support the TJHS valedictorian in graduating from college.

Student Eligibility: Valedictorian of Thomas Jefferson. Application must still be submitted to be awarded.

Alpha Scholarship Program 

This $1,000 scholarship is made possible by the generous donation of Brackenridge Alumni – LTC Michael Arguello USAF c/o 1998 and Vanessa Montez c/o 1999. The Alpha Scholarship Program was created to support the first generation/member of a family to attend college. This scholarship will be awarded to two graduating seniors of Brackenridge High School each year that will be attending a four-year college or university.

Student Eligibility: 3.0 (or 80%) GPA; graduating senior at Brackenridge High School; first generation college enrollment in family.

Janet Bardgett Memorial Scholarship (New 2023)

These two $1,000 scholarships are presented by the Burbank Class of 89. These gifts are in honor of Janet Bardgett, longtime Luther Burbank school counselor. The Class of 89 is proud to keep her faith in students alive, and continue leaving a significant impact on the lives of students from Luther Burbank. 

Student Eligibility: 3.0 (or 80%) GPA; graduating senior at Burbank High School.

“Be the Best One” Scholarship in Memory of Deborah “Debo” Williams

Established by the children of Mrs. Deborah “Debo” Williams to honor her legacy. Mrs. Williams inspired everyone in her sphere: children, grandchildren, and students to “Be The Best One” in every way. This $500 scholarship is available to one male and one female graduating senior from Sam Houston High School pursuing a post-secondary education in English, Speech, or Communications.  Mrs. Williams graduated from Sam Houston in 1971. She had a life long career with SAISD teaching at multiple schools including Phyllis Wheatley and Page Middle Schools. She spent 15 of her 34 year career teaching at Sam Houston High School.  Donations to grow this scholarship can be made by clicking this link and noting Debo Williams Scholarship in the comments box.

Student Eligibility: Graduating senior from Sam Houston High School with a GPA of 3.0 (or 80%) pursuing post-secondary degree studying English, Speech, or Communications.

 

Luther Burbank First Generation Scholarship 

This scholarship has been developed as an endowment by IB students from the Burbank Class of 2001 as a celebration of their 20th reunion. In its inaugural year, two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female student to provide financial support and mentorship to first-generation college students. Successful applicants will be highly motivated with a strong desire to succeed and agreeable to participating in the financial literacy program this group of alumni intends to provide as well as the SAISD Foundation remote mentor program. Donations to grow this scholarship can be made by clicking this link and noting Luther Burbank First Generation Scholarship in the comments box.

Student Eligibility: Top 25% of graduating class from Burbank High School; minority; first-generation with intent to attend a four-year college/university; and demonstrated need.

Burbank Hispanic Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship was created to assist Burbank High School graduates of Hispanic descent with tuition, books, and college-related expenses in his or her first year of college, preferably to a 4-year college or university.  This work continues each year thanks to the support of dedicated alumni and friends. Thank you for supporting students from your alma mater!

Student Eligibility: 2.5 (or 75%)  GPA; graduating senior at Burbank; of Hispanic descent; demonstrated financial need.

EnCap Flatrock Midstream Excellence in STEM

This $2,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years, is designed to support a graduating senior from any SAISD high school who is interested in pursuing a career in engineering, finance, or more broadly the energy industry.  EnCap Flatrock Midstream (“EFM”) seeks to help future generations of leaders in the energy industry.  In support of this effort, EFM may provide scholarship awardees opportunities for internships and/or job shadowing. Click here to download the application for the EnCap Flatrock Midstream Excellence in STEM scholarship.
 
Student Eligibility: 3.0 (or 80%) GPA; plans to attend a 4-year college or university; demonstrated financial need; preference will be given to, but not restricted to, students pursuing a career in the energy industry.

Joan Fischer Comer Memorial Scholarship

The Joan Fischer Comer Memorial $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a female athlete who is graduating from Jefferson High School, and is planning to pursue a degree at a local college or university. In addition, this scholarship is renewable for a second year. Joan was a track star at Jefferson, who loved distance running and the hurdles. Civic minded, she and her older sister volunteered their time at the local USO Center. In Joan’s senior year, she finished high school midyear and was allowed to graduate in December. This scholarship was established by Robert and Judy Comer to provide an educational opportunity to an outstanding young woman athlete, in memory of Joan Fischer Comer.

Student Eligibility: graduating Jefferson female athlete; 2.0 (or 70%) or higher GPA; currently participating in school athletics; demonstrated financial need. Please note, student does not need to continue to play sports while in college, and a lower amount may be awarded for students enrolled in a two-year college.

Rudy and Dorothy Davila Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship has been developed to support students who live in the 78207 zip code reach their goals to earn a college degree. The Davila Family and Davila Pharmacy has been supporting the local community and local residents for 100+ years and this scholarship has been established as an endowment to keep supporting students for years to come! In 2022 and in memory of Dorothy Davila, the number of scholarships will increase to four for this year and two each year there after.

Student Eligibility: Graduating senior from an SAISD high school who grew up in and currently lives in the 78207 zip code; 3.0 (or 80%) GPA, plans to attend a four-year college or university; intends to give back to the community where they were raised.

Rudy & Dorothy Davila, Lanier Prom at Seven Oaks Club 1954

DMC Memorial Basketball Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship, renewable for a second year, is awarded 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, was active in planning class reunions and gatherings. Through the years, he was a strong supporter of youth athletics.

Student Eligibility: a graduating senior who played basketball for Jefferson; plans to attend a two-year or four-year college or university; preference given to students planning to play basketball in college, but not required.

Gerald F. Doebbler Award for Chemistry 

The Gerald F. Doebbler Award for Chemistry ($500) is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Brackenridge High School. This award is given for the purpose of providing support to a graduating senior at Brackenridge who is pursuing further studies at a university (or community college) in Chemistry. The student will be selected by the Chemistry teachers at Brackenridge based on interest and performance in the subject.

Professor Gerald (Jerry) F. Doebbler graduated at the top of his 1949 Brackenridge High School class. It was at Brackenridge where he came to love chemistry and where he instilled an interest in chemistry in others by hosting monthly science experiments for the school’s Science Club. Jerry went on to complete a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Texas in Austin. He went on to work for Union Carbide, one of the largest chemical companies of his day, and to rise to the post of its Senior Research Scientist before he retired. He then began a career as a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Incarnate Word where he taught for more than a decade. This award, given in Jerry’s memory and honor, recognizes a student’s achievements in chemistry and offers encouragement to this Brackenridge High School graduate to pursue further study in the field of chemistry.

Student Eligibility: Graduating from Brackenridge high school with the intent to pursue a 2 year or 4-year degree in chemistry

Tiffany Dunlap Memorial Endowed Scholarship 

The Tiffany Dunlap Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established to support a graduating senior from any SAISD high school that also attended Tafolla Middle School. Qualified applicants have been active in athletics or other organizations and have an interest in giving back to their community.  This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually and will be distributed to the college/university of the awarded student.

Tiffany Dunlap served over 35 years as an educator in San Antonio ISD and long-time coach in volleyball and soccer with the majority of her time teaching and coaching at Tafolla Middle School.  She had a natural ability to make her lessons relatable and used a delicate balance of humor and seriousness in her classroom and on the field/court. Ms. Dunlap treated her students as her own and was able to move them both personally and academically during their time at Tafolla and well beyond.

If you are interested in growing this endowment, you can do so by clicking this link and noting Tiffany Dunlap Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the comments box.

Student Eligibility: 2.75 (or 75%) or higher GPA; a graduating senior from any SAISD high school that attended Tafolla Middle School; ; planning to pursue a post-secondary degree.

Attorney Roland R. Esparza Memorial Scholarship

The Attorney Roland R. Esparza Memorial $1,000 scholarship is awarded to support a graduating senior from Jefferson High School who is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a degree in law, criminal justice, and public service. Roland Esparza was a graduate of Jefferson, University of Texas in Austin, and University of Houston Law Center. In addition to practicing law, he served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of San Antonio from 1997 – 2003.

Roland was recognized as one of San Antonio Best Attorneys by Scene in SA since 2018 and awarded the Client’s Choice Award. He was a well-respected, extraordinary, and honorable lawyer as owner of The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. It was his privilege to help people who came to him for his guidance and expertise during their time of need. He did not take for granted the fact that people placed their trust in him to do his best to resolve their disputes. Donations to grow this scholarship can be made by clicking this link and noting Roland R. Esparza Scholarship in the comments box.

Student Eligibility: graduating senior Jefferson; 3.0 (or 80%) or higher GPA; planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a degree in law, criminal justice, or public service.

Colonel Marjorie Ann Ferrandino Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Colonel Marjorie Ann Ferrandino, a former member of the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas. This scholarship is focused on helping fund the education of a female student from an SAISD school pursuing a career in the agriculture field, preferably water conservation.

Student Eligibility: 2.5 (or 75%) GPA; female; enrolling in a 4-year college university in field of agriculture; preference given to women studying water conservation.

Joe A. Gamez Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship, was established in the name of Joe A. Gamez, for a graduating senior from Lanier High School planning on attending a four-year university. It is preferred that applicants are interested in law or aspire to someday hold public office, however, all majors are eligible. Joe A. Gamez is a native San Antonian, a graduate of Lanier High School, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s School of Law. He has served the San Antonio community for over 40 years as a practicing attorney and is the founder of the Joe A. Gamez Law Firm in San Antonio.

Mr. Gamez is also a former Brooks County Attorney and served as a member of the Texas Legislature in the House of Representatives. Mr. Gamez currently serves on various boards within the legal community. St. Mary’s School of Law has recognized Mr. Gamez by establishing the Joe A. Gamez Scholarship to benefit a Hispanic law student, which is renewable, allowing said student to have a fully funded scholarship throughout his or her tenure at St. Mary’s School of Law.

Student Eligibility: 3.0 (or 80%) GPA; graduating senior at Lanier High School; plans to attend a 4-year college or university; preferably plans to pursue a career in Law and/or aspires to hold public office.

Francis G. Greiner, MD Memorial Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship, renewable for a second year, is awarded annually to a student from an SAISD High School interested in pursuing 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; plans to pursue a career in Health Care, Medicine or Education; highly motivated with a strong desire to succeed; 3.0 (or 80%) GPA or higher.

Sidney Kimble Memorial Scholarship 

This $1,000 scholarship has been created to keep the legacy and memory of Sidney Kimble alive. Sidney graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1989. He was a very outstanding athlete at Sam Houston where he excelled in football and basketball. Outside of sports, Sidney enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was always willing to share his knowledge and life experiences with others. Prior to his untimely death, his mission was to give back to the community in which he grew up.

This scholarship is available to a male or female athlete graduating from Sam Houston High School pursuing post-secondary education at a 4-year or 2-year college of choice (applicant does not need to play sports in college). Donations to grow this scholarship can be made by clicking this link and noting Sidney Kimble Scholarship in the comments box.

Student Eligibility: Graduating senior from Sam Houston High School with a GPA of 2.5 and attendance no less than 80%, must be pursuing a secondary degree at a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Gerardo Hernandez Lanier Business Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship, renewable for a second year, 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 scholarship will be awarded to two graduating seniors at Lanier High School who are attending four-year colleges or universities in San Antonio.

Student Eligibility:  2.75 (or 78%) GPA, demonstrated work ethic; financial need; plans to attend a local college and pursue a degree in business, accounting or banking.

photo of Lanier scholarship recipient

Ana & Armando Lopez Academic Scholarship 

This $1,500 scholarship, renewable for a second year, was gifted by Ana and Armando Lopez to provide financial assistance for attendance at a four-year college/university. They are investing in graduating seniors at Lanier High School who have been active in community service, church service, or active in co-curricular activities at Lanier and want to make an impact on the local community after their success in college.

Student Eligibility: 3.0 (or 80%) GPA; graduating senior at Lanier High School; plans to attend a four year university/college. Qualified applicants have a demonstrated financial need, have been involved in community service of some type and have a desire to have a positive impact on the community in the future.

Kenneth D. Lynn Memorial Scholarship 

This $1,000 scholarship, renewable for a second year, was established to honor the memory of James D. Lynn for a graduating senior from Jefferson High School planning to pursue training in a trade at a community college or trade school.  Kenneth D. Lynn graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1964 and went on to attain a degree in Industrial Arts from Southwest Texas State University. James was an active athlete his entire academic career.  A dedicated educator for 30 years, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the American Welding Society.

Student Eligibility: 2.75 (or 77%) GPA; graduating senior at Thomas Jefferson High School; plans to attend a trade school or community college. Preferred candidates will have a family history of working in a trade and have been active in athletics or other school organizations such as marching band, cheerleading or pep squad.

Detective Cliff Martinez Memorial Scholarship

The Detective Cliff Martinez Memorial Scholarship has been established to support SAISD students in Law Enforcement programs and classes (in a SAISD High School) with plans to pursue a career as a police officer. This scholarship serves as a tribute to the work and life of SAISD Police Officer Cliff Martinez who served with the SAISD Police Department for 28 years. Cliff was also a proud SAISD graduate of Highlands High School. To contribute to this scholarship fund, click here and note Cliff Martinez Scholarship in the comments box. Donations can also be mailed to SAISD Foundation, 2411 San Pedro, San Antonio 78212.

Student Eligibility: Active in a Law Enforcement Program at an SAISD high school, interest in law enforcement, 2.5 (or 75%) GPA, commitment to family and community.

Manny E. Ruiz Jefferson Alumni Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship, renewable for a second year at $500, 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 Thomas Jefferson alumnus Manny E. Ruiz.

Student Eligibility:  3.0 (or 80%) GPA; sincere interest in pursuing a career in business; plans to enroll in a four-year college or university in Texas and pursue a degree in business.

SAISD Foundation Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship, renewable for a second year, is awarded to graduating seniors in SAISD, who are active in their high schools in co-curricular activities and plan to be active SAISD alumni.  Students should demonstrate a desire to make a significant impact on San Antonio and the SAISD community through future work in their chosen field of study. The funds for this scholarship were generously donated by the SAISD Foundation Board and donors. Starting in 2022, we will also be awarding some of these scholarships in partnership with alumni classes from our high schools. Special thanks to the Sam Houston Class of 1991 who is co-sponsoring two scholarships in their name for Sam Houston graduates, and the Jefferson Class of 1961 and Jefferson Class of 1980 who are co-sponsoring a scholarship in their name for a Jefferson graduate. These scholarships were given to celebrate their class reunions held in 2021. Burbank Class of 1989 is also sponsoring two scholarships with the Foundation this year (2022) in anticipation of offering  a yearly named scholarship in the future.

Student Eligibility:  2.75 (or 78%) GPA; graduating seniors of any SAISD High School who want to make a significant impact on the San Antonio and SAISD community through future work; plans to enroll in an accredited college or university.

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. 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.

St. Philip’s Early College High School Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors from St. Philip’s ECHS to support their post-secondary education at a four-year or two-year college. The program was created through the generosity of teachers and former teachers at St. Philip’s ECHS. This $500 scholarship award is given to the student to assist with college related expenses.

Student Eligibility:  graduating senior at St. Philip’s Early College High School who has completed a certificate program or an Associate’s degree from St. Philip’s College as a St. Philip’s ECHS student; minimum GPA 3.0 (or 80%); demonstrated financial need; plans to attend a two-year or four-year local accredited college or university; good citizenship and community involvement.

Louis S. Tamez Memorial Scholarship

This $2,500 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 a 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: 3.0 (or 80%) 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.

Michael J. Tamez Memorial Scholarship

This $2,500 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: 3.0 (or 80%) 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.

Dr. C. Annelise Vela Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship has been established to support graduating Seniors in SAISD in their college journey. Dr. Vela dove in to all that she was a part of, including SAISD, and had a rich history assisting and inspiring students to aim big as both a Counselor and as the Coordinator of Dual Credit Programs. Accordingly, as a tribute to her work, passion and dedication, this scholarship aims to support students with high involvement in their high school and community/church. To contribute to this scholarship fund, click here and note Dr. Vela Scholarship in the comments box. Donations can also be mailed to SAISD Foundation, 2411 San Pedro, San Antonio 78212 with Dr. Vela Scholarship on the memo line.

Student Eligibility: Graduating Senior at an SAISD high school, active in SAISD high school and in community service or church ministry, 3.0 (or 80%) GPA, Hispanic, demonstrated financial need, plans to pursue a career in education, counseling or human services at a 4-year college or university.

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 pursuing higher education; 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 High School 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 or from an SAISD in-district charter high school but from the Brackenridge boundary zone; 3.5 (or 90%) GPA; plans to pursue a career in Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.