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Bowl to award scholarships at every local university

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 all six San Antonio area four-year universities: University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Trinity University and UTSA.

These two programs now combine to award an average of $1 million to distributed 135+ deserving students representing every San Antonio high school and university each year. This amount is the largest local scholarship total among the 40 bowl games.

The 2019-2020 college recipients will be announced later this summer. 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. interested students should check with their school’s financial aid office for details on the selection process.

The 2018-2019 college winners who shared in $430,000 awards ($215,000 from the Bowl with a matching amount from each university) were as follows:

Our Lady of the Lake University

Nora Marcela Anda – Kinesiology – Junior

Liesel Aranda – Kinesiology – Senior

Joseph Cardenas – Kinesiology – Senior

Lauren Castro – Comparative Mexican American – Junior

Alexis Elizondo – Communication Disorders – Senior

Andrea Gandara – Kinesiology – Senior

Rebecca Garza – Individualized Study – Senior

Nadia Gloria – Psychology – Junior

Vanessa Guevara – Psychology – Senior

Zachary Muha – Computer Information Systems and Security – Senior

Jose Luis Neri – Individualized Study – Senior

Robert Olivia – Kinesiology – Senior

Angela Vargas Tatolla – Computer Information Systems and Security – Senior

Michael Tijerina – Marketing – Senior

St. Mary’s University

Zach de la Garza – Finance and Risk Management – Senior

Andrew Perez – Computer Science – Senior

Marcus Plataniotis – Psychology – Sophomore

Staci Johns – English Language Arts and Reading – Senior

Leah Witaker – Exercise & Sport Science – Senior

Texas A&M University – San Antonio

Keila Carlos – Education – Senior

Valeria Chavez Sotelo – Kinesiology – Junior

Autumn Crane – Psychology – Junior

Elizabeth Delgado – Education – Junior

Alexandra Espinoza – Education – Senior

Alejandra Garcia Muniz – Education – Senior

Michael Gonzales – Management – Senior

Maria Hernandez – Accounting – Senior

Katrina King – Marketing – Senior

Alexis Nichols – Finance – Senior

Diana Tapa – Education – Senior

Martin Vertiz – Political Science – Senior

Trinity University

Camila Acosta – International Studies – Mexico – Senior

Travis Boyd – Political Science – Senior

Margeaux Brown – Accounting – Junior

Kailey DeLuca – Anthropology – Senior

Russell Hurrell-Zitelman – Marketing – Senior

Diane Long – Sociology – Junior

Ciara McDaniel – Music – Instrumental – Senior

Alex Motter – Business Analytics and Technology – Senior

Caroline Neeley –Theatre – Senior

Amira Nickerson – Communications – Senior

Jaclyn Valdez – General Studies – Sophomore

Ju (Grace) Yun – Psychology – Junior

University of the Incarnate Word

Tyler Acosta – Kinesiology – Senior

Amber Aguilar – Business – Senior

Thais Barron – Community Health – Junior

Mikayla Brownlow – Athletic Training – Senior

Sabrina Berain – Rehab Science – Senior

Halyssa Garza – Business – Senior

Cody Graham – Business – Junior

Kayla Homeyer – Rehab Science – Senior

Bethany Melendez – Communications – Junior

Camila Melero – Communications – Senior

Krystal Ortiz – Rehab Science – Senior

Holly Nelson – Business – Senior

Carolyn Rodriguez – Business – Junior

Richay Stephens – Communications – Senior

Bianca Torres – Rehab Science – Junior

Jasmine Williams – Rehab Science – Junior

UTSA

Frank Harris – Sociology – Sophomore

Hannah Holzmann – Sociology – Sophomore

Sincere McCormick – Undecided – Freshman

Brianna McCulloch – English – Senior

Palmer Wenzel – Cyber Security – Senior

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