Alamo Colleges District Launches AlamoPROMISE
October 2, 2019
AlamoPROMISE provides the first two years of college for graduates from 25 local high schools.
At a press conference today at Thomas Jefferson High School, amid the celebratory sounds of the school’s pep squad, dancers, cheerleaders and drumline, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores announced the launch of AlamoPROMISE, the district’s bold new initiative to ensure that graduating seniors in San Antonio and Bexar County can afford to attend one of the Alamo Colleges. He invited the students present, as well as those watching the livestream of the event on Facebook, to go to the AlamoPROMISE website at alamo.edu/promise and “save their seat” at one of the district’s five colleges for the fall 2020 semester.
Earlier in the program, Flores shared some sobering statistics that made clear the need for AlamoPROMISE—less than 45% of graduating seniors in San Antonio go on to college, and San Antonio has the highest percentage of residents living in poverty among the nation’s largest cities. Flores noted that surveys have shown that the major barrier to students enrolling in college is having enough money, and that 47% of Alamo Colleges’ students worry about paying monthly living expenses.
“AlamoPROMISE demonstrates that the Alamo Colleges District and its partners are committed to ending poverty, enhancing economic and social mobility and meeting workforce demands in our area by making it possible for more students to complete college prepared for high-wage, high-demand jobs,” said Flores. “I want the students who are here today, and the parents, as well as all those across the city and county, to know that AlamoPROMISE is more than just last-dollar funding. It’s our promise to support our students in every way possible in terms of not only their academic needs, but needs for food assistance, transportation and mental health resources. AlamoPROMISE says to our prospective, current and future students, 'We have confidence in your ability to succeed, and we and our partners in AlamoPROMISE are committed to investing in your success.'"
To allow more students the opportunity to attend one of the Alamo Colleges, AlamoPROMISE, in partnership with local government, community partners, local businesses and local ISD’s, provides last-dollar funding to students at one of the Alamo Colleges for completion of a credential or three years of college at one of the Alamo Colleges. AlamoPROMISE covers the cost of tuition and fees at one of the colleges for San Antonio and Bexar County students who graduate in 2020 from one of 25 eligible high schools in Bexar County, and who plan to earn an associate degree or certification or take courses for transfer or workforce training. As last-dollar funding, AlamoPROMISE covers the gap between financial aid and the cost of tuition and required fees. Household income does not disqualify students. To become an AlamoPROMISE Scholar, a student must be a San Antonio/Bexar County resident and a senior graduating in 2020 from one of the 25 participating high schools with a high school diploma. By the fall of 2021, the AlamoPROMISE program will be available to students graduating with a diploma from an additional 20 participating public high schools in Bexar County.
At the event, Flores thanked the district’s partners who helped make AlamoPROMISE a reality. He also thanked the donors who have provided funding for the program, including the city and county, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMT), JP Morgan Chase, the Pat and Don Frost Foundation, Frost Bank Charitable Foundation and Wells Fargo. He acknowledged the outstanding efforts of the AlamoPROMISE steering committee, represented at the podium by Kevin Voelkel, president of TMMT, and Pedro Martinez, superintendent of the San Antonio ISD (SAISD), and in the audience by Cynthia Matson, president of Texas A&M University – San Antonio; Lloyd Verstuyft, superintendent of the Southwest ISD; and Jeanette Ball, superintendent of Judson ISD, which held a separate PROMISE launch this afternoon at Judson High School.
Distinguished speakers at the event also included Alamo Colleges District Board Vice Chair Joe Alderete, Jr.; Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; Mayor Ron Nirenberg; Jefferson student April Vidal and Alamo Colleges’ alumni Janie Martinez Gonzalez, CEO of Webhead. Alamo Colleges’ trustees Roberto Zarate, Jose A. Macias, Jr. and Clint Kingsbery and SAISD Trustees Debra Guerrero, Ed Garza, Alicia Perry and Steve Lecholop were also in attendance for this historic occasion.
At the Alamo Colleges District, high quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, visit alamo.edu/promise.