AlamoPROMISE Program

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A well-educated workforce is the key to a prosperous San Antonio community.

The Alamo Colleges District and its partners are committed to ending poverty, enhancing economic and social mobility and meeting workforce demands in our City by joining forces to help more students complete college and obtain the necessary skills to hold high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Through AlamoPROMISE, the Alamo Colleges District is working to ensure access to education for all local students by providing for the first two years of tuition to eligible graduating senior from the San Antonio area.

The AlamoPROMISE eliminates financial barriers to higher education, making a college degree a reality.

What is AlamoPROMISE?

Working with local government and community partners Alamo PROMISE provides the first two years of community college to eligible students who plan to earn an associate degree, certification, courses for transfer or workforce training.

Alamo PROMISE is more than a new program of the Alamo Colleges District, it is a new community-wide initiative. 

AlamoPROMISE will provide last-dollar scholarship funding to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid award and the cost of tuition and fees for their first two years at one of the Alamo Colleges District’s five colleges.

Who is eligible for AlamoPROMISE?

In the initial phase of the program, graduating high school seniors from one of 25 local high schools (listed in the table below) are eligible.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Sign a pledge to participate in the program
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Texas Application for State Financial Aid and list at least one college of the Alamo Colleges District
  • Apply for admission to one of the district’s colleges through Apply Texas
  • Complete registration at one of the district’s colleges
  • Participate in a Summer Bridge (if  high school GPA is below 2.5) and Career Bootcamp 
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete at least 18 credit hours per academic year

 

Participating Schools

Brackenridge

Burbank

East Central

Edison

Fox Technical

Harlandale

Highlands

Holmes

Houston

Jay

Jefferson

John F. Kennedy

Judson

Lanier

Legacy

Lee

McCollum

Memorial

Roosevelt

Somerset

South San

Southside

Southwest

Wagner

Young Women's Leadership

When will the program begin?

AlamoPROMISE is available to eligible students beginning fall 2020. By the fall of 2021, it will be available to all students at any public high school in Bexar County.

How is the program being funded?

The Alamo Colleges District’s partners in AlamoPROMISE are contributing funds and additional monies are being contributed by businesses and foundations.

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Who are the Alamo Colleges partners in AlamoPROMISE?

The core partners are the UP Partnership, the San Antonio Education Partnership and SA Works.

Is there broad support in the community for the program?

Yes. The AlamoPROMISE steering committee, chaired by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores, includes leaders from key businesses, educational organizations and non-profits who are fully supportive of the program.

Why does the community need AlamoPROMISE?

There is consensus in the community that education beyond high school is critical to providing economic and social mobility for residents, and that financial barriers are the greatest factor in preventing residents from enrolling in or completing a college education.

The leadership of the Alamo Colleges District believes that Alamo PROMISE provides a strategy to address that reality and the fact that San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the country, yet has the second-highest percentage of population in poverty among the top 25 largest U.S. metro areas.

Are there successful program like this in other major cities?

Yes. The Dallas County Community College District has a successful Promise program, and there are 242 such programs making a difference across the country.

Steering Committee

  • Kevin Voelkel, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing  Texas
  • Peter John Holt, CEO, Holt Cat
  • Jeff Goldhorn, Executive Director, Education Service Center Region 20
  • Richard Perez, President/CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Diane Sanchez, President/CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Cynthia Matson, President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio
  • Taylor Eighmy, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Ryan Ludgalia-Hollon, Executive Director, Up Partnership
  • Lloyd Verstuyft, Superintendent, Southwest ISD
  • Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio ISD
  • Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
  • Jeanette Ball, Superintendent, Judson ISD
  • Kate Rogers, Outreach and Civic Engagement, Charles Butt Foundation
  • Rebecca Brune, President, San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Romanita Matta-Barrera, Executive Director, SA Works

Read the Steering Committee Press Release

Additional Information

Informational Flyer (PDF) Key Facts (PDF) Presentation (PDF)
 Links to AlamoPROMISE Media Coverage
 Links to College Promise Info