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SPC Campus Queen:…

A St. Philip's College student is the only two-year community college student who has qualified in a two-part national contest that allows four-year college students to give back and learn by promoting the value of education.
Arabela Alvarado, EBONY HBCU Campus Queen

SPC Campus Queen: Arabela Alvarado

A St. Philip's College student is the only two-year community college student who has qualified in a two-part national contest that allows four-year college students to give back and learn by promoting the value of education.

The student is Arabela Alvarado, a pre-nursing and honor society student at the college, and a contestant in an EBONY magazine competition to determine the top 10 of competing campus representatives in its two-part Campus Queens 2018 contest. The recognized students will promote education and their home city during the back-to-school season via the magazine's September 2018 issue.

That’s part one of the contest. Part two of the contest involves garnering votes online via social media in a Top 10 Campus Queens contest where multiple votes are encouraged. Online voting runs at the EBONY.com web site from Nov. 15 until Jan. 31, organizers share. Between time, all are encouraged to vote online in support of Alvarado and education in San Antonio.

As the 2017 Miss St. Philip’s College and a member of her college’s honor society, Alvarado markets education for the college, from ceremonies to such activities as the college's Annual Golf Scholarship Tournaments, where Ms. St. Philip’s is traditionally a member of the college's student team. The tournaments that coincide with the college’s anniversary observances have raised more than $1 million for the college's Scholarship Fund. Scholarship recipients gain knowledge and give back while learning marketable skills that serve the economic health of San Antonio.

Since 2014, St. Philip's College has been the first and only two-year college represented in this magazine’s 37-year-old college education promotion—its longest running editorial franchise. After being elected by her entire student body to serve as Ms. St. Philip's College, one of Alvarado’s first duties was to explain in a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMggOAHUcdE how the Campus Queens opportunity allows her to give national visibility to the efforts and impacts of two-year college students who comprise more than half of the college students in America. Alvarado serves in an era when her college has helped Texas become home of the college with largest student enrollment among all of the nation’s HBCUs---St. Philip’s College.

“Hi, I’m Arabela Alvarado in beautiful San Antonio, Texas” Alvarado says in the video. “I am proud to represent St. Philip’s College. St. Philip’s College was founded in 1898 as a sewing school for six African-American girls. We now have more than 13,000 students and St. Philip’s College is the only school in the nation to be both an HBCU and a Hispanic-serving institution. Behind me is a beautiful representation of our powerful past,” Alvarado says while she gestures toward a mural depicting the timeline of a college that now has the largest enrollment among all HBCUs nationwide. “I am proud to be an SPC student. Please vote for me, Ms. SPC,” Alvarado concludes.

For details on the how businesses and individuals can support or scale up the college’s online voting project, contact Dr. Angela McPherson Williams, college director of student success, at 210-486-2090 | awilliams284@alamo.edu.

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