The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 26 San Antonio high school students splitting $52,000 in scholarships.
The success of the game allowed the Bowl to add a college scholarship program in 2016 with support from each San Antonio area four-year university. These two programs now combine to award an average of $1 million to distributed 150+ deserving students each year. This amount is the largest local scholarship total among the 42 bowl games.
At the conclusion of the 2021 season, the Valero Alamo Bowl will have awarded over $8 million in scholarships split between 1,392 area winners.
Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship Program (High School Seniors):
Each December there are 80 scholarship winners of a $7,500 Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship. The students include at least one winner from every participating San Antonio area public and private high school.
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative.
In addition to the scholarship, the winners are annually recognized at the H-E-B Scholarship Awards Luncheon and on-field during the Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of game tickets provided by Frost and the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Interested in the 2021 Valero Alamo Bowl Scholar-Athlete Program?
Seniors from San Antonio area public schools (those closer within 25 miles of the Alamodome) and long-established private schools can obtain their Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House application from their school’s College and Career coordinator.
2021 Key Dates:
September 7-8: Schools to pick up their allotment of applications and Booklets of San Antonio / Bexar County Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
November 1: Deadline for schools to submit their allotted student applications to the Foundation (each school’s internal deadlines vary so check with your school’s Counseling Office).
December 6: Winners notified and invited to the Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 15: Winners recognized at the H-E-B Scholarship Luncheon.
December 29: Winners recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Each high school will have the opportunity to submit up to four applicants so interested students should check with their guidance departments to inquire about the status of their Valero Alamo Bowl submissions.
Applicants must be ranked in the top 20% of their class and have an ACT of 22+ or SAT of 1170+. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, evaluation of the applicant’s personal narrative and involvement in extra-curricular activities including awards, honors received and at least one varsity letter from participating in a sport.
To view the 84 high school recipients from 2020, please click here.
Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners Scholarship (College Juniors and Seniors):
The Bowl’s college program is called the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners Scholarship and is funded by the Bowl and matching programs at all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities. The scholarship total and number of winners is announced at the start of each college football season.
On September 2021, 72 winners from University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Trinity University and UTSA sharing $440,000 in awards were recognized at the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pigskin Preview Luncheon. To view these winners, please click here.
While each San Antonio university determines its own criteria for selecting the winners, the program’s focus is junior and seniors with a high propensity to stay and work in San Antonio. The winners are annually recognized at the Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pigskin Preview Luncheon at the start of each college football season.
Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship programs are funded through Bowl partners and ticket buyers as well as direct contributions from Frost Bank, H-E-B, NuStar Energy, Parrish & Co., PwC, Valero and the six San Antonio four-year universities.
For information on how you support the Bowl scholarship programs, please call 210-704-6388 or email here.