Record 35 Students Awarded Parent/Child Scholarships

September 20, 2019

Alamo Colleges student scholarship recipients receive $1,000 scholarship and qualify for two years free tuition for their child under six.

The Alamo Colleges District Foundation in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #2 today awarded a record 35 Tom Morton Sandoval Parent/Child Scholarships. Currently in its 23rd year, the scholarship aims to ensure the educational success of two generations.

“Education is the single-most impactful way for an individual to improve their economic and social mobility,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “This program is the only scholarship program of its kind in the country that creates educational opportunity for both our current and future students.”

The Tom Morton Sandoval Parent/Child Scholarship provides parent scholars a $1,000 scholarship and extensive support for achieving an educational goal – a certificate program, degree, or completion of transfer requirements – at the Alamo Colleges. Scholarship recipients receive a two-year, full-tuition scholarship for their child under six once they complete their educational goal.

Since the scholarship began in 1997, 281 parent scholars have completed an educational goal to secure a two-year scholarship for their child. Further, 32 children have claimed their scholarships with 18 enrolled in the current fall semester. Overall, scholarship recipients are twice as likely to complete their educational goals than their peers, have an average GPA of 3.0 in their first year, and have 95 percent fall-to-spring retention rate.

The Tom Morton Sandoval Parent/Child Scholarship program was honored with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s prestigious STAR Award in 2007 and was a 2008 Excelencia in Education Award finalist.

Recipients are selected from a competitive application process. In order to apply students must be enrolled in one of the Alamo Colleges, be the parent of a child age six or younger, have a GPA of at least 2.0, and be eligible for Federal Pell Grant or State Aid. For more information, visit www.alamo.edu/sac/swans/scholarships.