SAMA Scholarship Awarded at Academies Graduation
Alamo Academies celebrated their 17th graduation with a record-breaking 800 attendees on May 2nd at the Venues at Valero. Ken Scott, Legacy Assets, attended the graduation and felt there was a “Sense of pride and accomplishment shared by the graduates, their families, friends, the leadership and staff of the Alamo Academies was palpable and truly moving. It was especially gratifying to see how the local manufacturing community, and organizations such as San Antonio Manufacturers Association, came together to support these wonderful kids; helping them turn dreams into reality.”
SAMA was there to help celebrate the special occasion. This year marks the first year SAMA honored a student with a $1,500 scholarship who wish to continue studies in a STEM field related to manufacturing or aerospace. To qualify for the scholarship, students are required to complete an application, write an essay, provide transcripts for both high school and college courses and send in two letters of recommendations. Students must attend classes at one of the Alamo Colleges. Recipients are also required to complete 10 hours of community service per semester while maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5.
This year’s scholarship recipient was Maria Mendez from Jefferson High School. She is a highly motivated individual and her goal is to obtain a degree in engineering. In high school, she participated in the GEAR UP program that prepares students for college by giving them the opportunity to learn leadership and visit college campuses. Maria also attended Alamo Academies’ Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy where she completed a 2-year program of study focused on advanced manufacturing and has maintained all A’s in her college classes. Mona Helmy from Helmy Associates & Co said “It was heartwarming to see the new generation graduates, Gen Z, interest and dedication to manufacturing and industrial operations. It was equally uplifting to see the support of the various community organizations and businesses towards these graduates, our future!”
—Katherine Sanchez-Rocha, Interim Executive Director, Alamo Academies