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

 

2018-2019 Scholarship Application 

The scholarship application for academic year 2018-2019 is closed.
The scholarship application for academic year 2019-2020 opens on JANUARY 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

Current scholarship applicants:  Scholarship recipient selections are made throughout the academic year.  Students selected to receive a scholarship are notified by email.

 

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible, since it takes a few weeks before receipt by the Alamo Colleges District.

What is the application deadline?

2018-2019 Scholarship Application

The scholarship application for academic year 2018-2019 is closed.
The scholarship application for academic year 2019-2020 opens on JANUARY 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

Current scholarship applicants: Scholarship recipient selections are made throughout the academic year. Students selected to receive a scholarship are notified by email.

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.

Where can I apply for an Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarship?

www.alamo.edu/foundation/scholarships. There are some departmental scholarships that require you complete a separate scholarship application. Please inquire about these scholarships with the academic department handling your major/plan of study.

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 www.irs.gov for detailed information regarding personal finance and taxes.

Application Tips
  • Complete and answer all questions to allow us to consider you for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.
  • An Alamo Colleges Banner ID is needed to process your application. If you do not remember your ID, please use the available link in the application.
  • Copy and paste the ID number to the application. (If you are new to the Alamo Colleges and do not have a Banner ID, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number.)
  • Write your essay(s) 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(s) to the scholarship application.
  • For additional instructions and application tips, click on the "?" icons throughout the 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. ONCE YOU SUBMIT THE APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES.
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,  a 1st time student at the Alamo Colleges District you must submit a transcript. It is important you submit a transcript because points are given for GPA. Your application will not include GPA points if we do not know your GPA.

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 http://www.alamo.edu/alamoenroll to see where to send your transcript.

For scholarship applicants: Please submit your transcript by the application deadline to:

MAIL:
Alamo Colleges Foundation-District Office of Institutional Advancement
Attention: Scholarship Coordinator
1819 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212-3941
OR
SCAN: dst-foundation@alamo.edu
OR
FAX: 210-486-9295
OR
HAND DELIVER:
San Antonio College-Community Engagement Annex
Building 18, Room C-300
309 W. Dewey Place

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 includes the following three (3) essay questions. Answers to each essay question are required and should not be more than 250 words.

  • Describe your background and life experiences to include any challenges or successes. Explain how these experiences prompted you to pursue a higher education.
  • Describe your educational, career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your field of study/certificate/degree plan/pre-major, why you selected it, and how earning a certificate/degree will help you achieve your goals.
  • Explain how receiving a scholarship will help you achieve your goals.  From a financial standpoint, explain the impact a scholarship will have on your education.

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.
Are the essays important?

Yes, your answers to the essay questions are very important. Scholarship application essays are reviewed by scholarship judges and selection committees. 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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Scholarship Coordinators

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Alamo Colleges Foundation Office of Institutional Advancement

1819 N. Main Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78212

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Sheila Marlow Due

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Alamo Colleges Foundation
dst-foundation@alamo.edu
210.485.0044