Through the generous support of donors, the Alamo Colleges Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships. Alamo Colleges students submit one general scholarship application each academic year, and they are automatically considered for all Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships and matched with eligible award opportunities.

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2024 - 2025 Scholarship Application Opens Soon!

The scholarship application will open in January, for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and/or Summer 2025 awards.

Application Opens: January 15, 2024

Application Closes: May 15, 2024

Other scholarships may become available, each with its own requirements and deadlines. We encourage you to review the scholarship listing here throughout the academic year.

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Students must be admitted or enrolled at the Alamo Colleges to have an ACES email, which is required to create an account and to apply for scholarships. 

Scholarship eligibility is based on various factors such as academic merit, program of study, community service, extracurricular activities, residency, campus/club organization, and/or financial need. All students (domestic, international or DACA) are invited to apply for available scholarships. 


Scholarship FAQs

Students may submit one General Scholarship Application each academic year to be considered for all Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships. If you are a previous applicant or want to be considered for scholarship renewal, you must apply again to be considered for 2024-2025 academic year funding. Students that submit a scholarship application successfully will receive a confirmation email to their email. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee an award.

Merit and need-based opportunities are available. Students who wish to compete for need-based scholarships must submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to qualify. 

When is the application deadline?

2023-2024 Scholarship Application

Application is closed. Applicants are notified by email if selected to receive a scholarship.

2023-2024 Scholarship Application

Application Opens: January 15, 2024

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

Specific scholarship opportunities that open AFTER the deadline will be listed below as they become available.

To increase the possibility of receiving a scholarship award, students should submit their completed applications before the deadline. Students are matched with eligible award opportunities throughout the entire academic year. Recipients will be notified through their ACES email and will have two weeks to accept their award.

Where can I apply for Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships?

Students submit ONE general application to be considered for multiple “auto match” Alamo Colleges Foundation scholarships during the current scholarship application cycle.


Some academic programs also offer departmental scholarships that require you to complete a separate scholarship application. Please inquire about these scholarships with the academic department handling your major/plan of study.

What grade point average (GPA) do I have to have to receive a scholarship?

Although many scholarships require a 2.5 or greater grade point average, there are also several scholarships that require a 2.0 GPA or greater.

How many credit hours do I have to be enrolled in to receive a scholarship?

Most scholarships require you be enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more). Some scholarships, however, require a minimum of only 6 credit hours (part time).

Do you count developmental courses as credit?

Yes. The Alamo Colleges District recognizes developmental coursework in consideration toward enrollment hours. Refer to the scholarship criteria for which you are applying.

If it states that developmental courses are not allowed in the requirements of a particular scholarship, then you would not be considered in that pool of applicants; however, the majority of Foundation scholarship opportunities allow developmental courses.

Do I have to pay taxes on my scholarship awards?

Please refer to for detailed information regarding personal finance and taxes.

Why are there so many questions on the scholarship application?

Alamo Colleges Foundation offers many different scholarships. It is important that you fully complete the application to allow us to consider you for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.

Will I have to provide other information besides the common scholarship application?

Some scholarships require additional documents such as letters of recommendation, or an additional essay. Someone from the scholarships team or from the relevant college department will contact you to submit these documents if you are considered for such scholarships.

Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarships Process

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship judges or scholarship selection committees review and score scholarship applications. Judges/committee members are composed of faculty, staff, and/or community representatives.

Rating points are given to each applicant for GPA, academic plans, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, participation in community activities, and responses to the essay questions.

Selections are based on the applicant meeting the minimum scholarship criteria, and the points given by scholarship judges/selection committees.

*If you are not a currently enrolled student, and would like to particapte in our judging process, please visit Scholarship Judging | Alamo Colleges.


Notification of Award

Scholarship reviews begin after the Application Deadline and continue throughout the academic year. You will be notified by email if you are selected to receive a scholarship.

Scholarship Renewal

There are some scholarships that are renewable, depending on donor wishes. These scholarships are renewed on a semester-by-semester basis as long as the recipient maintains scholarship criteria and requirements.

At the time of the initial award, you will be notified if the scholarship you are awarded is renewable.

Revocation of Award

Alamo Colleges Foundation reserves the right to cancel any scholarship at any time if the recipient fails to meet the standards of academic progress, scholarship criteria and requirements, or if falsification of information is reported or determined.

There may be situations where if a scholarship renewal is denied, you can apply for an appeal based on GPA and/or credit hour deficiency, or you have dropped a course, and are requesting an exception for repayment. Please complete the Scholarship Appeal Form.

Scholarship Essays

The scholarship application has several short essay questions giving you an opportunity to introduce yourself and discuss your educational, career and life goals.

Scholarship application essays are reviewed by scholarship judges and selection committees. In addition to GPA, volunteerism, leadership, community service, military service, employment, and extracurricular activities, your essay should set you apart and let scholarship judges and committee members know why they should rate your application above all the other applicants.

Application Essay Information and Tips

The scholarship essay is one of the most important parts of the application. The essays are reviewed by scholarship judges and selection committees. Your essay should set you apart by showing letting scholarship judges and committee members know why they should rate your application above all the other applicants.

Essays are scored based on content and grammar.  Be sure to proofread before you submit.


Respond to the following two prompts. Please use full sentences and proofread your responses for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Responses must be between 200 and 500 words.

Essay Question #1

Essay One: Without including your name, tell us about yourself. This is your opportunity to provide information about who you are and what you do.

For example, you may include items like the following:

  • Where were you born and where do you live now?
  • How would you describe yourself as a person: strengths, weaknesses, and lessons learned in life?
  • What activities are you involved in such as employment, family commitments, military service, community service, organizations, hobbies, and/or extracurricular activities?
  • What are your personal and professional goals?
  • What do you consider some of your personal, professional and/or academic achievements? 
Essay Question #2

Essay Two: Tell us why you are pursuing a higher education at Alamo Colleges and how a scholarship would impact you. This is your opportunity to explain your academic goals and how a scholarship would directly affect reaching that goal.

For example, you may include items like the following:

  • Why are you choosing to continue your education at Alamo Colleges?
  • What would receiving a scholarship mean to you?
  • What are your academic, educational, career, financial, and/or personal goals and how would a scholarship help you?
  • Describe what you are studying and why?
  • Are there any specific issues that receiving a scholarship would solve for you?
  • What expenses would a scholarship most help with?
PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship

Launched in March 2021, this $40 million program supports incoming community college students and graduating students transitioning to four-year colleges. The program aims to address the historical barriers that often make it challenging for minority students to enroll, persist, and graduate from college.

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Scholarship Coordinators

San Antonio College

1819 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212

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St. Philip’s College

1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78203

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St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus

800 Quintana Road
San Antonio, Texas 78211

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Palo Alto College

1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78224

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Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78251

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Northeast Lakeview College

1201 Kitty Hawk Rd.
Universal City, Texas 78148

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Alamo Colleges Foundation

2222 N. Alamo St.
San Antonio, Texas 78215


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