USAA Gives $425,000 to Alamo Colleges for Student Assistance, Bridging the Digital Divide
May 21, 2020
USAA and The USAA Foundation, Inc. announced a donation of $425,000 to the Alamo Colleges Foundation to provide needed broadband infrastructure and devices to students and low-to-moderate income households in San Antonio, primarily within SAISD, where an estimated 60 percent of high school students do not have access to the Internet at home.
“We are deeply gratified that one of the foremost organizations dedicated to serving our community has recognized the key role of the Alamo Colleges District in achieving our shared goal of ending poverty in our region and has given so generously to support our joint goal of social mobility with this very substantial contribution,” said Alamo College Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “This gift is especially timely given our students’ need for technology support in order to succeed while learning remotely, and the funding of our Student Impact Fund will go a long way toward addressing the additional needs for financial support that are critical to our students at this time. We thank USAA for demonstrating their support for our mission of ‘empowering our communities for success’," he added.
USAA Foundation's gift to the Alamo Colleges District includes $100,000 for the Alamo Colleges Foundation COVID-19 Student Impact Fund and $325,000 toward bridging the digital divide by providing access for students to the technology for today’s new ways of teaching and learning online. The digital divide is a reality for many of the students at the Alamo Colleges District’s five colleges—St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College and Northeast Lakeview College; most students are economically disadvantaged and first-generation-in-college. As part of the Alamo Colleges’ social mobility agenda for ending poverty in the region, it is committed to a wide range of strategies that provide all the students and communities its serves with secure access to the technology (hardware, software, Internet access) they need to access, progress and complete their educational goals: and gain the economic and social mobility that is the key to a better future for them and their families. The district believes that connectivity equates to productivity—for students, families, employees and residents. The Alamo Colleges promotes high-tech and high-touch solutions that support its Student Success/Student Completion agenda.
This gift will also contribute to Alamo Colleges’ COVID-19 Student Impact Fund, which was established to support students through the coronavirus crisis by providing emergency resources for students who need temporary assistance.
For many of Alamo Colleges’ students, making ends meet while balancing classes, job and family can be overwhelming at the best of times. Many students were already struggling with food and housing insecurity and financial instability. The COVID-19 crisis added new burdens and directly impacted students’ ability to remain in college. The Student Impact Fund helps them:
- Buy groceries
- Pay rent or utility bills
- Access technology needed to support remote learning
- Pay healthcare expenses
- Make up for lost wages
These hardships students are experiencing are temporary, but the value of an education lasts forever. For more information on the Student Impact Fund, go to https://www.alamo.edu/studentemergencyaid/.