SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M-San Antonio Foundation has received a $2.1 million grant that will provide financial support for 15 students, university officials announced at a press conference Wednesday.
The Hector and Gloria López Foundation grant will fund tuition and remaining fees after federal Pell Grants and other financial support for up to five years, officials said. Other support services including mentoring, tutoring, paid internships and leadership development will also be paid.
“A&M-SA is the right partner for one of two inaugural grants the Foundation announced this week,” said Sergio Rodríguez, nephew of the late Hector and Gloria Lopez, who serves as President and CEO of the Lopez Foundation. . “The fact that they are located in San Antonio and serve a population that adds to the economic vibrancy of the community is important to us.”
The 15 students, who will be known as the López Scholars, will be randomly selected by the TAMUSA Foundation. There will be no application, no minimum GPA, and no SAT/ACT score requirements to be eligible.
“The fact that they are admitted is enough for us,” Rodríguez said. “We don’t need another obstacle to provide support.”
The Lopez Foundation selected San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley as five regions to focus its investments.
The donation from the Lopez Foundation is the second largest in the history of the university.
“This historic gift to our students and investment in the University’s vision will help us continue our momentum and growth in San Antonio and have a greater impact throughout the region,” said TAMUSA President, the Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson.
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