More than two dozen talented Webb County students have been selected to receive $40,000 each for their upcoming college studies as 2024 San Antonio Area Foundation Legacy Scholarship recipients.

The 25 high school juniors took part in a highly competitive application process with a selection committee comprised of Laredo officials and community leaders. The students were chosen as juniors so they will have ample time and peace of mind going into their senior year, knowing they can budget college costs with their new Legacy Scholarship secured.

“We’re extremely thrilled,” said Bernice Uresti, the Area Foundation’s Executive Director for Legacy Scholarship and Scholars. “We strongly believe in investing in our future leaders through their educational success, particularly for those from low-income areas facing a daunting challenge to reach their educational goals and dreams.”

Each scholarship recipient – officially dubbed “Legacy Scholar” – has committed to attending a Texas college (public or private) as part of the Legacy Scholarship eligibility requirements. As long as they maintain set academic standards, they will each receive $10,000 annually for their four years of study. 

They will join additional 2024 Legacy Scholars from Bexar County as part of a $4 million commitment for this scholarship program, funded by a private anonymous donor and one of the largest in the country. Now in its third year, the Legacy Scholarship Program has doubled in size, from awarding a total of 50 recipients in 2022 to 100 this year (in Webb County specifically from 10 in 2022 to 25 this year).

The Area Foundation will hold a ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 10 at Texas A & M International University in Laredo for Legacy Scholars (and their families) in recognition of their prestigious academic achievement. The media is invited to attend. Interviews can be arranged with Area Foundation & TAMIU representatives, as well as with Legacy Scholarship recipients.