Hundreds realize their dreams through Vikki Carr scholarships 

The young mom sat still, not even her fingers dared to move. Recording artist Vikki Carr recognized the absolute fear in her eyes, and knew she had to hear the heart of this woman, whose daughter was Carr’s newest scholarship recipient.

“I was left alone with a mother who was scared to death to let her daughter go to Stanford University,” said the multi-Grammy Award winner. “Mexican women were not necessarily brought up to choose a college education. We were to get married and have children. Education was not important,” she said.

Carr’s consoling words eventually persuaded the mom to breathe and to let her daughter fly. A few years later, Carr met the mother again. This time, she had changed. Visits to see her daughter at Stanford resulted in a more “young and hip” mom. A woman who was assured of herself and her abilities as well as that of her daughter’s.

It’s success stories like these that Carr shared during the Area Foundation’s annual scholarship reception held June 15 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. More than 300 scholarship recipients, parents and donors hugged, talked and shed a few tears of joy in the pep rally-type event celebrating the new chapter in the lives of these students. The songstress who never attended college said she is blessed and honored to be able to help students pay for their college education.

Since 1971, she has awarded more than 300 scholarships through the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation, which is now housed at the Area Foundation. Her scholarship graduates include a Superior Court judge, one of the first Mexican American astronauts, doctors, attorneys, and teachers. What’s more, the majority of these graduates, she said, return to their childhood communities to give back to the next generation. Many have even served on her scholarship board of directors. But it’s the stories of the students and their families and the teachings of her father – to whom much is given, much is required -that drives Carr to continue ensuring Mexican American students obtain a college degree.

“Giving to charity is a worthy and honorable thing, but to give because you want to help someone or for a worthy cause is noble,” she said. Carr added that the gifts we give will hopefully inspire students to help others in the future.

Carr is among several Area Foundation fund advisors who are paying it forward by awarding more than $5 million in scholarships to approximately 800 students in June, alone. Over the past 10 years, more than $23 million has been awarded to more than 4,000 students, but there’s much more to do.

You too, can help students reach their educational goals. Contact Bernice Uresti at 210.228.3759 ( or Anne Ferguson at 210.570.1520 (

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