Scholarships

Find information about scholarships available through the Alamo Colleges Foundation. We provide resources to help you with scholarship submissions.

Scholarship Application

Current and future students attending one of the Alamo Colleges will find everything they need on this page to develop a strong application for scholarship opportunities.

By submitting just one application, students will be linked to every possible Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarship for which they are eligible.

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Applying for Foundation Scholarships

2021 - 2022 Scholarship Application

Application Opens: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Priority Application Deadline: April 5, 2021
FINAL Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2021

View All Opportunities and Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship recipient selections begin after the Priority Application Deadline and continue until throughout the academic year. Students selected to receive a scholarship are notified via their ACES email.

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Scholarship FAQs

You may submit ONE general application to be considered for multiple “auto match” Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships during the current scholarship application cycle.

Once you submit your scholarship application, you will receive an email confirmation certifying you have successfully submitted your application. *NOTE: Submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship award.*

Many scholarships require financial need. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible, since it takes a few weeks before receipt by the Alamo Colleges District.

When is the application deadline? Does it matter if I miss the priority deadline?

The deadline date is updated at the top on the www.alamo.edu/foundation/scholarship page.

To increase the possibility of receiving a scholarship award, submit your completed application before the priority deadline. If you miss the priority deadline, you should still apply before the final deadline. Students are matched with eligible award opportunities throughout the entire academic year.

Where can I apply for Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships?

Students submit ONE general application to be considered for multiple “auto match” Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships during the current scholarship application cycle.

\Some academic programs also offer departmental scholarships that require you to complete a separate scholarship application. Please inquire about these scholarships with the academic department handling your major/plan of study.

What grade point average (GPA) do I have to have to receive a scholarship?

Although many scholarships require a 2.5 or greater grade point average, there are also several scholarships that require a 2.0 GPA or greater.

How many credit hours do I have to be enrolled in to receive a scholarship?

Most scholarships require you be enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more). Some scholarships, however, require a minimum of only 6 credit hours (part time).

Do you count developmental courses as credit?

Yes. The Alamo Colleges District recognizes developmental coursework in consideration toward enrollment hours. Refer to the scholarship criteria for which you are applying.

If it states that developmental courses are not allowed in the requirements of a particular scholarship, then you would not be considered in that pool of applicants; however, the majority of Foundation scholarship opportunities allow developmental courses.

Do I have to pay taxes on my scholarship awards?

Please refer to www.irs.gov for detailed information regarding personal finance and taxes.

Why are there so many questions on the scholarship application?

Alamo Colleges Foundation offers many different scholarships. It is important that you fully complete the application to allow us to consider you for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.

Will I have to provide other information besides the common scholarship application?

Some scholarships require additional documents such as letters of recommendation, or an additional essay. Someone from the scholarships team or from the relevant college department will contact you to submit these documents if you are considered for such scholarships.

Do I have to submit a transcript?

If you are a current student, you are not required to upload or send us an unofficial transcript. Your cumulative GPA will be used in the review and scoring of your scholarship application.

If you are a new student to the Alamo Colleges, official high school/college transcripts are required for admission purposes. The GPAs retrieved from these transcripts will be used in the review and scoring of your scholarship application.

Although you may upload an unofficial transcript, it is not required. Only a GPA from an official transcript may be used. To send a transcript for admission to one of the Alamo Colleges, please refer to alamo.edu/alamoenroll to see where to send your transcript.

Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarships Process

Selection of Recipients 

Scholarship judges or scholarship selection committees review and score scholarship applications. Judges/committee members are composed of faculty, staff, and/or community representatives. Rating points are given to each applicant for GPA, academic plans, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, participation in community activities, and responses to the essay questions. Selections are based on the applicant meeting the minimum scholarship criteria, and the points given by scholarship judges/selection committees.

Notification of Award 

You will be notified by email if you are selected to receive a scholarship.

Scholarship Renewal

There are some scholarships that are renewable, depending on donor wishes. These scholarships are renewed on a semester-by-semester basis as long as the recipient maintains scholarship criteria and requirements. At the time of the initial award you will be notified if the scholarship you are awarded is renewable.

Revocation of Award

Alamo Colleges Foundation reserves the right to cancel any scholarship at any time if the recipient fails to meet the standards of academic progress, scholarship criteria and requirements, or if falsification of information is reported or determined.

Scholarship Essays

The scholarship application has one essay question. Maximum word count is 300 words.

  • Explain how your life experiences prompted you to pursue a higher education AND from a financial standpoint, explain how a scholarship will help you achieve your educational, career and life goals.

Scholarship application essays are reviewed by scholarship judges and selection committees. In addition to GPA, volunteerism, leadership, community service, military service, employment, and extracurricular activities, your essay should set you apart and let scholarship judges and committee members know why they should rate your application above all the other applicants.

Application Essay Information and Tips

The scholarship essay is one of the most important parts of the application. The essays are reviewed by scholarship judges and selection committees. Your essay should set you apart by showing letting scholarship judges and committee members know why they should rate your application above all the other applicants. The scholarship application has one essay question. The maximum word count is 300 words.

Prompt: Explain how your life experiences prompted you to pursue a higher education AND from a financial standpoint, explain how a scholarship will help you achieve your educational, career and life goals.

Scholarship Coordinators

Alamo Colleges Foundation

Alamo Colleges Foundation-District Office of Institutional Advancement
Scholarship Office
2222 N. Alamo St.
San Antonio, Texas 78215
210-485-0140
dst-foundation@alamo.edu

San Antonio College

1819 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212
210-486-0963
http://www.alamo.edu/sac/scholarships

St. Philip’s College

1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78203
210-486-2498
http://www.alamo.edu/spc/scholarships

Palo Alto College

1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78224
210-486-3117
http://alamo.edu/pac/scholarships

Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78251
nvc-cares@alamo.edu
https://www.alamo.edu/nvc/scholarships

Northeast Lakeview College

1201 Kitty Hawk Rd.
Universal City, Texas 78148
210-486-5252
NLC-Scholarships@alamo.edu
http://www.alamo.edu/nlc/scholarships

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