Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarships

Here, you will find information about scholarships available through the Alamo Colleges Foundation, resources to help you develop a strong application and information to help with the submission process.

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Applying for Foundation Scholarships

2021-2022 Scholarship Application

Application Opens: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Priority Application Deadline:  April 5, 2021
Final Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2021

Submit an Application

Scholarship recipient selections begin after the Priority Application Deadline and continue throughout the academic year. Students selected to receive a scholarship are notified by email.

Scholarship Application

Only one application is considered per academic year. If you submitted a scholarship application, you must apply again to be considered for next academic year scholarships. 

Once you submit your application, you will be given an application number. Make sure to write down your application number. This number confirms your application was submitted

Many scholarships require financial need. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as soon as possible, since it takes a few weeks before receipt by the Alamo Colleges District.

What is the application deadline?

2019-2020 Scholarship Application

Application is closed. Applicants are notified by email if selected to receive a scholarship.

2020-2021 Scholarship Application

Application opens: Jan. 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Priority Application Deadline: April 6, 2020
FINAL Application Deadline: Sept. 6, 2020

Where can I apply for an Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarship?

There are some departmental scholarships that require you to complete a separate scholarship application.

Please inquire about these scholarships with the academic department handling your major/plan of study.

Submit an Application

Application Tips
  • You must have completed an Alamo Colleges admission application in order to submit a scholarship application. For more information on how to apply for admission, please go to

  • Complete and answer all questions to allow us to consider you for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.

  • You will use your student ACES username and password to log in to your scholarship application.

  • If you do not know your ACES login credentials, please call the IT helpdesk at 210-485-0555.

  • Write your essay in a word processor in order to run spell check and word count, and re-read it to double-check your writing. Then copy and paste the essay to the scholarship application.

  • You can save and come back to your application before final submission.

  • Carefully review your application BEFORE you click on the SUBMIT APPLICATION button. If needed, you can save and come back at a later time to edit or update your application.
What grade point average (GPA) do I have to have to receive a scholarship?

It depends on the scholarship criteria. Most require a 2.5 or greater grade point average. Others require at least a 2.0 GPA.

How many credit hours do I have to be enrolled in to receive a scholarship?

Most scholarships require you be enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more). Some scholarships require a minimum of 6 credit hours (part time).

Do you count developmental courses as credit?

Yes. The Alamo Colleges District recognizes developmental coursework in consideration toward enrollment hours. Refer to the scholarship criteria for which you are applying. If it states that developmental courses  are not allowed in the requirements of a particular scholarship, then you would not be considered in that pool of applicants; however, the majority of Foundation scholarship opportunities allow developmental courses. 

Do I have to pay taxes on my scholarship awards?

Please refer to for detailed information regarding personal finance and taxes.

Why are there so many questions on the scholarship application?

Alamo Colleges Foundation offers many different scholarships. It is important that you fully complete the application to allow us to consider you for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.

Why am I being contacted to submit additional documents?

Some scholarships require additional documents such as letters of recommendation, or an additional essay. We will contact you to submit these documents if you are considered for such scholarships.

Do I have to submit a transcript?

If you are a high school senior, transfer student, or a first time student at the Alamo Colleges District, then you must submit a transcript. It is important to submit a transcript because GPA is considered as part of the application review.

Where do I submit my transcript for scholarship consideration?

If you need to send a transcript for admission to one of the Alamo Colleges, please refer to to see where to send your transcript.

Scholarship applicants must submit their transcripts by mail, email, or fax before the application deadline. 

Alamo Colleges Foundation-District Office of Institutional Advancement
Attention: Scholarship Office
2222 N. Alamo St.
San Antonio, Texas 78215

Scan and email to:

Fax: 210-486-9295

Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarships Process

Selection of Recipients 

Scholarship judges or scholarship selection committees review and score scholarship applications. Judges/committee members are composed of faculty, staff, and/or community representatives. Rating points are given to each applicant for GPA, academic plans, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, participation in community activities, and responses to the essay questions. Selections are based on the applicant meeting the minimum scholarship criteria, and the points given by scholarship judges/selection committees.

Notification of Award 

You will be notified by email if you are selected to receive a scholarship.

Scholarship Renewal

There are some scholarships that are renewable, depending on donor wishes. These scholarships are renewed on a semester-by-semester basis as long as the recipient maintains scholarship criteria and requirements. At the time of the initial award you will be notified if the scholarship you are awarded is renewable.

Revocation of Award

Alamo Colleges Foundation reserves the right to cancel any scholarship at any time if the recipient fails to meet the standards of academic progress, scholarship criteria and requirements, or if falsification of information is reported or determined.

Scholarship Essays

The scholarship application has one essay question. Maximum word count is 300 words.

  • Explain how your life experiences prompted you to pursue a higher education AND from a financial standpoint, explain how a scholarship will help you achieve your educational, career and life goals.

Scholarship application essays are reviewed by scholarship judges and selection committees. In addition to GPA, volunteerism, leadership, community service, military service, employment, and extracurricular activities, your essay should set you apart and let scholarship judges and committee members know why they should rate your application above all the other applicants.

Essay Writing Tips
  • Write your essay in a word processor to run spell check and word count. Review for clarity, ask teacher, advisor, classmate, family or friend to review and offer constructive feedback. Copy and paste your essay to the application.
  • Make sure you understand what you are supposed to write about. Answer the essay question. Do not write about an unrelated topic.
  • Begin and end your essay with a strong introduction and conclusion.
  • Include personal information you want the scholarship judges and selection committee members to consider, such as who you are, your struggles, past accomplishments, your career and educational goals.
  • Be specific and provide details. Let the scholarship judges and committee members understand your struggles and experience your accomplishments; write a memorable essay.
  • Before submitting your essay, read it out loud to hear the tone and flow, and make sure it is readable. Revise your essay if necessary. Have someone proof read it for clarity.

When writing your essay on the scholarship application:

  • Do not indent paragraphs
  • Eliminate any excess spaces after sentences.
  • One sentence should follow directly after another without multiple spaces in between.
Is the essay important?

Yes, your answer to the essay question is very important.  Scholarship judges and selection committees will review the essay.  In addition to GPA, volunteerism, leadership and community service, your essay should set you apart and let scholarship judges and committee members know why they should rate your application above all the other applicants.

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Please do not indent paragraphs. Eliminate any excess spaces after sentences. One sentence should follow directly after another without multiple spaces in between.

Do not have more than one paragraph.

Maximum word count is 300 words.

Scholarship Coordinators

Alamo Colleges Foundation

Alamo Colleges Foundation-District Office of Institutional Advancement
Scholarship Office
2222 N. Alamo St.
San Antonio, Texas 78215

San Antonio College

1819 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212

St. Philip’s College

1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78203

Palo Alto College

1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78224

Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78251

Northeast Lakeview College

1201 Kitty Hawk Rd.
Universal City, Texas 78148


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San Antonio, Texas 78215

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