Whataburger donates to Palo Alto College to feed student success

October 28, 2022

Marketing and Strategic Communications

Palo Alto College received a $10k donation from Whataburger that will further the college’s mission to inspire, empower, and educate our community for leadership and success. Specifically, this will help Palo Alto College and its engagement efforts in reaching Early College High School students.

“Palo Alto College is committed to providing high-quality education to the community, including programs for high school students,” said Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College. “Our collaborative programs provide high school students with access to higher education and prepare them for their transition to college and beyond.”

As part of its Educate South movement, this partnership will help Palo Alto College begin educational awareness in the earliest years by building public and private partnerships that create and sustain a college-going culture in south Bexar County. Early College High Schools were established through partnerships between school districts and colleges that are innovatively designed to blend high school and college education using a dual credit framework. Students begin working toward their high school diplomas while earning up to 60 semester credit hours toward an associate degree—all free of cost.

“Supporting the hopes and dreams of our community’s students is at the heart of Whataburger Feeding Student Success,” said Whataburger Area Coach Tyrome Hannon. “We’re privileged to work with partners like Palo Alto College who share that value and care for their students during their studies and into their professional careers.”

During the press conference, the audience was able to hear a student testimonial from Madla Early College High School student, Starla VanDenberg. Like many students in the Early College High School program, this opportunity is helping her get a head start on her college journey while being cost-saving for her family during uncertain times. Starla also shared that she is proud to be an inspiration for her parents to go back to school to enhance their careers.

This partnership is centered around education awareness programs for school-age children and students that provide several touchpoints such as donations, support, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year to grow awareness of the Whataburger Feeding Student Success Program.