Welcome Scholarship Seekers! Achieve your educational dreams with scholarships from our generous fund advisors.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of our fund donors the San Antonio Area Foundation has more than 100 scholarship funds available for graduating high school students and current college students.

Each fund has its own criteria based on the fund advisor's interest. Some scholarships fund a student's education in a specific area of study, attend a fund advisor's alma mater or award scholarships to students from a specific school. 

Students of color:

We support our scholarship recipients, specifically first-generation college students and/or students from low-income households and students of color.

Scholarship applications are now closed.

The application processes for each Area Foundation scholarship falls under three different types of categories. To begin the application process, please review the instructions under each category. Should you have any questions, please visit the scholarship FAQs tab.

Some scholarships fund a student's education in a specific area of study, or to attend a fund advisor's alma mater or award scholarships to students from a specific high school. 

Internal Process

  • These internal applications are reviewed by volunteers within the community. Below is the list currently available. 
  1. Universal Scholarship: Applicants will complete just one application and be considered for multiple scholarships.
  2. Whataburger Scholarship 
  3. Valero Scholarship
  • These scholarship applications are not included in the common application. To submit an application, you will have to apply separately to each scholarship fund.
  • All other scholarship applications are now closed.

Common Application

  • Over 50+ scholarship funds use the common application. Applying once means being evaluated by multiple scholarship opportunities!
  • The common application is currently closed.

External Applications

  • The scholarship funds in this section require specific applications.
  • Follow the instructions on the list to request an application.
  • All applications are currently closed.

Download full list of the more than 100 scholarship funds available.

List includes scholarship descriptions, criteria, type, course of study and deadline.

List of scholarship funds

  • Abrazo/Mitchard Birthmother Scholarship Fund
  • Alfred W. Negley Trust
  • Alice and Harold Clark Pletz Memorial Scholarship
  • American Sunrise Scholarship Fund
  • Anna, Pierre, and Ephraim Block Scholarship
  • AnnDee and Jim Steidel Vocational Scholaship Fund
  • Bartlett Cocke General Contractors Scholarship
  • Beldon Group of Companies Scholarship Fund
  • Ben and Ida Alexander Memorial Fund
  • Benson Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Brian Morris College Gateway Scholarship Fund
  • Brice and Teresa Moczygemba Engineering Fund
  • Carol Lee Jones Scholarship
  • Charlotte and Jule S. Theobald Scholarship Trust
  • Cunningham Scholarship Fund
  • DEAF Support Scholarship Fund
  • Della Mabel Wright Scholarship Trust
  • Dewitt Churchwell Excellence in Construction Fund
  • Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Summer Program Scholarship Fund
  • Duncan Scholars Program Scholarship Fund
  • Emo Jean Cottrell Scholarship Fund
  • Erin Wilson McMahon Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Ernest & Marie Graham Scholarship Fund
  • ETA Alliance Booster Club Scholarship Fund
  • Express-News Employee Scholarship Fund
  • Express-News Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Florence Emma Eichler Scholarship Fund
  • Frances Ann Hill & Arthur Gray Smith Legacy Fund
  • Francisca H. Eschauzier Scholarship Trust
  • Frank H. and Zona T. Hall Fund
  • Franque and Philip Curtis Scholarship
  • Friends of the Carver Academy/IDEA
  • Glenda Woods Scholarship Fund
  • Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Hedwig T. Kniker Scholarship Trust
  • Ida V. Holland Educational Trust
  • Itron/CPS Energy Scholarship Fund
  • J. Kent Trinkle Scholarship
  • Jean Longwith Scholarship for Radio-Television-Film
  • Jean Y. and Robert W. Fish Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Jimmy Elizabeth Harper & Ethel Harper Scholarship
  • Joe Salek Scholarship for Theatre Arts Trust
  • John L. Santikos Companies Employee Scholarship
  • John Phillip Goudge Memorial Fund
  • Joseph, Rose, Myron and Norman Fink Memorial
  • Judge Lee H. Lytton, Jr. Scholarship Fund
  • Judith Markelz Scholarship Fund
  • KYMSKIDS
  • Loretta B. Simpson Scholarship Fund
  • Louise M. and Francis J. Jehl Scholarship Fund
  • Lt. Commander Brice James Johnson Memorial
  • Marshall O. Bell Scholarship Trust
  • Mary Burnley Wilson Scholarship Fund
  • Mary Kay Owens Memorial Fund
  • Methodist Hospital Stone Oak Employee Scholarship Fund
  • MHM Scholarship George Wray Jr. & Col. Vane Hugo
  • MLK Commission Scholarship Fund
  • Morgan Schooley Scholarship Fund
  • Nemo Herrera Scholarship Fund
  • Olga Seiser Vincent Music Scholarship Fund
  • Pat and Dorothy (Lehr) Legan Scholarship Fund
  • Patricia L. Hartman & Lois C. Hartman Scholarship
  • Penny Ann Powers Scholarship Fund
  • R. L. White Scholarship Fund
  • Rapier Educational Foundation
  • Robert B. Taylor Educational Trust
  • Sally P. and Glenn L. Ramsdell Scholarship Fund
  • San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarship
  • Scott Family Endowment
  • Sonia E. and Edward D. Esparza '66 - Texas A&M CS Scholarship
  • Teresa and David R. Schmidt, M.D. Scholarship
  • Texans Can Academy Scholarship Fund - San Antonio
  • Tito Villalobos Moreno Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • United Charitable Fund
  • USAA Golden Eagle Scholarship Fund
  • Valero Scholarship
  • Victor J. Ferrari Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation
  • W. B. Daugherty Educational Trust
  • Wade Richmond Memorial Scholarship Trust
  • Walter E. and Evelyn H. Haggard Scholarship Trust
  • Whataburger Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Women In Communications/Ajay Castro Scholarship
  • World Affairs Council of San Antonio Scholarship Fund
Application Process

When will applications open?

Applications will open in mid-October and close by end of January.

Is there a fee to apply for scholarships?

No, there is not a fee to apply.

Can I apply as a junior in high school?

No, you are not able to apply as a junior in high school. You must be a senior to apply for our scholarships.

Can you tell me if I submit my application correctly?

We receive a lot of applications, and it is difficult for us to inform each person if their application was accepted. At the end of the process, sometime in late April or May, you will receive a notification as to the status of your application.

Can I still apply for a scholarship if I missed the deadline?

No, our application deadlines are firm.

Do I need to submit an official or unofficial transcript with my application?

You can submit an unofficial transcript with your name, the name of your school, your most recent semester grades, and your cumulative GPA.

Will my application be accepted if my transcript is missing any of the above information?

No, your application will be denied.

Will you contact me if my application is missing anything?

No, we will deny your application.

How and when will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by email in late April and into May depending on which process you applied in.

Will you notify me if I am not selected for a scholarship?

Yes, we will notify you by email that you were not selected for a scholarship.

Checks

When is my check sent to school?

Your check is sent to your college or university during the months of June through August.

Will my check arrive before school starts?

It is possible that your check may not arrive before school starts.

What should I do if my check does not arrive before school starts?

You should check with you financial aid office regarding emergency funding, payment plans and show them a copy of the award email sent to you by the Area Foundation.

When will my school post the check to my account?

Each school is different, but it could take up to 4 weeks to post to your account.

My school has not received my check. What should I do?

Your school may take up to 4 weeks to post your check. At this point, the best practice is to wait up to 4 weeks.

Can the scholarship check be sent to me?

No, all scholarship checks are made payable to the school you will be attending and mailed directly to your financial aid office.

Will my check be delayed if I change my mind as to the school I am attending?

Yes, your check will be delayed and sent out later.

Transferring Schools Mid-Year

What should I do if I change schools mid-year?

  1. Contact your financial aid office and let them know you are transferring schools.
  2. Contact us and request a change of school form.

If I transfer school in-between semesters, can my check be sent to the new school?

It depends on the criteria of the scholarship you receive. Some scholarship funds must be used at specific schools. It is not always possible to transfer the checks to another school.

How long before you forward my check to the new school?

If there are no criterion restrictions, once we receive your award from the school, and we receive a change of school form from you, we can forward the award to your new school.

How long will it take the school, where the check was sent, to return the check?

This process could take a few months for the school to return the check.

Can the Area Foundation send a new check to my new school before the refund is received?

No, we must wait for the refund to be sent back to us.

Renewals

When will I receive my email to renew my scholarship?

You will receive your renewal email instructions in May of each year.

Do I need to apply for renewal every semester?

It depends which scholarship you receive. The only scholarships that require you to apply for renewal each semester is the Harvey Najim Scholarship, Whataburger Scholarship and Duncan Scholarship.

Am I eligible to receive the scholarship, even though, I do not meet the GPA requirement?

No. Unfortunately, while you do not meet the GPA requirement you are not eligible to receive your award.

Can I appeal the decision to my donor if I do not meet the GPA requirement?

No. Unfortunately, while you do not meet the GPA requirement you are not eligible to receive your award.

Do I have to attend school full-time in order to receive my scholarship?

Yes, most of our scholarships require you to attend full-time in order to receive your scholarship. If you are not full-time, you will not be eligible to receive your award. The Whataburger Scholarship is the only scholarship that allows you to attend part-time and receive part-time funding.

What if I am graduating and cannot attend school full-time?

Please contact us at scholarship@saafdn.org.

What should I do if I do not plan to attend school during either the fall or spring semesters?

If you do not plan to attend school, you should contact us at scholarship@saafdn.org.

Have more questions? We're here to help!

Anne Ferguson

Anne Ferguson

Philanthropic Assistant, Scholarships
Brandie McHazlett

Brandie McHazlett

Data Entry Coordinator, Scholarships
Bernice Uresti

Bernice Uresti

Philanthropic Advisor, Scholarships

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