The Alamo Colleges Foundation
Alamo Colleges Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Alamo Colleges. Our focus is scholarships — life-changing gifts that help students come in and stay in, and achieve their dreams of a college education.Give Now
Alamo Colleges Foundation was incorporated in 1984 by the Alamo Community College District as a separately incorporated charitable organization as defined under IRS regulations 501(c)(3) to serve as the philanthropic arm of the community college system.
The Foundation was established to develop the resources to empower for success the diverse students and communities serves by the five Alamo Colleges (San Antonio College, St. Philip's College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College and Northeast Lakeview College), increasing the District’s capacity for student success by raising charitable dollars for scholarships, programs and student success. In addition, Alamo Colleges Foundation annually administers approximately 300 endowed and non-endowed scholarships.
And investing in the Alamo Colleges Foundation helps students persist and graduate at higher rates, which improves the quality of life for all of San Antonio.
Alamo Colleges serve as the growth engine for the Greater San Antonio region — helping men and women get the education and workforce training they need to move ahead in their careers, to make better lives for themselves and their families. Offering over 400 higher education, STEAM and other workforce training programs, the Alamo Colleges District is empowering our diverse community for success. And Alamo Colleges Foundation can be thought of as a social service agency by helping to further access to higher education, which is a big key to abolishing poverty and can enable our residents to become productive citizens.
Overview of Alamo Colleges District and its Colleges
A collective 300+ years of experience providing educational excellence in Bexar County and beyond.
In 2018, The Alamo Colleges District became the first community college system to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Four of our colleges have also been named Aspen Institutes Top 150 community colleges in the U.S. One is a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
- Northeast Lakeview College
- Northwest Vista College
- Palo Alto College
- St. Philip’s College
- San Antonio College
Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) the newest of Alamo Colleges, was established in 2007 and offers three degrees, the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Arts in Teaching, and the Associate of Science.
These three degrees include a coherent course of study compatible with the College’s mission to provide a general education core of 42 semester credit hours and 18 semester elective credit hours from inventories of courses that will allow students to transfer to upper-division institutions. Although students will choose from an array of courses to complete the credit hours required, the three degrees rest on advising or transfer guides designed to assist students in selecting courses in their planned course of study once they transfer.
NLC offers a broad range of educational opportunities for the student whose goal is to transfer to a four-year institution. Degree plans or optional electives are available for all associate degrees; these degree plans provide students with course selections to facilitate transfer to academic programs at four-year institutions. NLC’s degree programs represent a series of courses comprised of a 42-hour state-mandated core and 18 hours of additional coursework, varying by student interest and transfer institution.
Northwest Vista College (NVC) was established in 1995. Students can pursue a wide range of subjects at NVC, which offers programs in Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Certificates of Completion, and Marketable Skills Awards.
Enrolled students also have the option to take courses that are transferable to many institutions of higher education. The college has several articulation agreements with nearby universities such as the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University-San Marcos, and the University of the Incarnate Word. These 2+2 articulation agreements serve to facilitate the admission and academic transfer of students from participating Community Colleges like NVC to a participating four-year college or university within the state of Texas.
The current Northwest Vista College catalog consists of a 46-hour core curriculum mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The THECB requires all public colleges and universities in Texas to instill at least 42 hours of core curriculum studies into a student’s degree plan. By completing NVC’s core curriculum, students may transfer to any public institution in Texas without the worry of loss of credit in the transfer process. As long as students complete the core curriculum, the satisfying courses will transfer as a block.
The student will not be required to take any more core courses at the transfer institution unless the THECB has approved a more extensive core curriculum at that institution.
Palo Alto College (PAC), established in 1985, attracts students from throughout Bexar County and adjoining counties.
Increases in enrollment prompted physical growth, specifically through the construction of new facilities for added classroom space and sports and recreation. The college provides several logistics and supply chain management education and training programs at the associate degree and certificate levels.
In December of 2020, the Alamo Colleges Foundation received a $20M gift in unrestricted dollars to Palo Alto College from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This generous, unsolicited gift was the most significant gift ever received by any of the Alamo Colleges. Ms. Scott’s team responsible for choosing gift recipients identified Palo Alto College as having “high potential for impact.”
St. Philip’s College (SPC) was established in 1898 and currently serves more than 11,000 students in over 70 different academic and technical disciplines.
As the only college in the country to have a designation of both a Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), St. Philip’s College’s major divisions include Arts and Sciences, Applied Science and Technology, and Health Professions.
Students may earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree, depending on the major area of study. Many departments offer one-year certificate programs designed for concentrated study in specific subject areas and rapid entry into the job market.
The Applied Science and Technology division offers coursework in unique high-demand career and technical fields, such as Aircraft Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Construction Trades, Electrical and Power Transmission, Multi-Modal Transportation, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, plus many more. St. Philip’s College offers more than 200 online classes through its Center for Distance Learning. Courses range from Accounting, to Pathophysiology, to Web Design.
San Antonio College (SAC) was established in 1925 and serves the Bexar County community by providing high-quality general education, liberal arts and sciences, career education, continuing education, and developmental education.
In December 2007, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded San Antonio College a rating of “exemplary” for seven of its academic programs. However, in January 2008, THECB revised the rating to include additional programs bringing the total to 11.
The 11 programs receiving this designation are business management, computer-aided design, dental assisting, radio-TV and film, nursing education, finance, and financial management, medical assisting, mortuary science, American sign language/interpreter training, public administration, and real estate. This rating means that all 11 programs exceed the state’s required standards of excellence in education.
San Antonio College was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in cyber defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation represented a recognition of significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing cyber defense experts, and ultimately contributing to protecting the national information infrastructure.
According to the Institute of Education Sciences, San Antonio college currently has a 14% graduation rate and 61% transfer-out rate when given 150% of the time needed to complete an associate degree for full-time, first-time degree-seeking students. Of the 20,000 plus students enrolled, only 18% are attending full-time.
Alamo Colleges Foundation Board of Directors
Phil Bakke, Chair*
Pamela Bain, Immediate Past Chair*
W. Wendell Hall, Vice Chair*
Deborah Knapp, Treasurer*
Martha Tijerina, Secretary*
Roberto Zárate, Board of Trustees Liaison
Mike Beldon, Chairman Emeritus
Hall Hammond, Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier
Dr. David Johnson
Dr. Mike Flores, ACD Chancellor (Ex-Officio)
Barton T. Simpson (Ex-Officio)
Alamo Colleges Foundation Staff
Operations and Advancement Service