UNITED SA Federal Credit Union awards college scholarships

PrintUNITED SA Federal Credit Union has awarded $1,000 scholarships to four outstanding high school seniors. The local students and their parents were recognized at a reception on April 30 at the credit union’s Headquarters in San Antonio.

UNITED SA Federal Credit UnionThe following winners were honored:
Ariana Borzotra – Earl Warren High School
Andrew Ivone – Louis D. Brandeis High School
Mitchell Martinez – Southwest High School
Shyanne Tallant – Communication Arts High School

“We are so proud to be able to support these students as they pursue their dreams,” said Tammie Johnson, UNITED SA vice president of administration. “They are all outstanding scholars, well-rounded high achievers and have excelled throughout their academic careers. We are excited to assist them in moving forward with this next step in their lives.” Johnson presented the students with their awards.

This is the eighth year that UNITED SA has offered a scholarship program. Students are chosen based on academics, leadership, community service and personal recommendations.

About UNITED SA Federal Credit Union
Now in its 59th year, UNITED SA Federal Credit Union is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and was originally chartered in 1955 to serve the employees of United Services Automobile Association (USAA). In 2005, the credit union converted to a community charter and expanded its field of membership to serve anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school and businesses and other entities in Bexar County, Texas. Over 25,000 members own and belong to the nonprofit financial cooperative, which has $220 million in assets. For more information, visit www.unitedsafcu.org or call (800) 531-8456.

Camp Metro at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center

GirlScouts_SW TEXAS_servicemark_croppedCamp Metro day camps are held at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center, which provides a fun and exciting place for girls to enjoy their summer with a gymnasium, outside play equipment, STEM lab and art studio as well as a stage for performances and make believe. At Camp Metro, girls explore skills and interests in a variety of thematic areas such as community service, cultural arts, healthy living, environmental awareness and much more. Girls get the necessary guidance from adult volunteers and camp staff to develop their skills and understand how those skills can be used to make a difference in the world.

  • Open to all girls in grades K-8 — no Girl Scout experience needed! Just pay an annual $15 membership fee in addition to the camp fee!
  • Cost is $95/girl if registered by June 2; $120/girl if registration received June 3 or later — Edgewood ISD students eligible for additional 20% discount (scholarships available; completed application with registration form due Thurs., May 1 for consideration)
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack served daily
  • Drop off and pick up available from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
  • Camp runs daily Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with before care beginning at 7 a.m., and after care until 6 p.m. available at an additional cost of $25/girl per week

CampMetroFlyer_frontAbout Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT): Based in San Antonio, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas serves more than 33,000 girl members and adult volunteers in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson and Zavala counties. Girl Scouting helps girls in grades K-12 develop the courage to experience new adventures, the confidence to defy self-doubt and the character to impact a community.

For more information, visit girlscouts-swtx.org.
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Silver & Black Give Back Looks Ahead to the 2013-14 Spurs Season

Silver_Black_Give_Back_logoThe 2013-2014 Spurs season is upon us and the start of another season means Silver & Black Give Back is hard at work serving its mission of engaging young people to enrich their communities.

Spurs_Team_Up_Challenge_graphicTwenty student groups from across San Antonio will begin their Team Up Challenge projects this month. Past groups – including the Northside’s Jayci Derby – have made an astonishing impact on our community. Thirteen year old Jayci visited her grandfather’s grave at Ft. Sam Houston two summers ago and realized that many gravestones had no adornment for the holidays. She has set out on a mission to honor every veteran’s sacrifice with a holiday wreath as a youth ambassador for Wreaths Across America.

Silver & Black Give Back recently launched the Future Stars program, presented by SWBC, at several YMCA locations throughout the city. This basketball program is aimed specifically at young girls, encouraging a love for the game of basketball while teaching important character lessons like teamwork and integrity.

You can help Silver & Black Give Back serve youth in our community by participating in exclusive fundraisers with our coaches and players, such as Tux ‘N Tennies.  The 2014 Tux ‘N Tennies gala, presented by SWBC and H-E-B, will be on Friday, January 10 at the AT&T Center. The much anticipated evening is always a unique opportunity to bring the entire Spurs family together for fun festivities and a worthy cause.  The well-known and much-loved event dates back more than 20 years and is famous for the unusual dress code of tuxedos, gowns and tennis shoes.

For information on reserving a table for 2014 Tux ‘N Tennies or to learn more about Silver & Black Give Back’s youth programs, please contact Loretta Kerner at lkerner@attcenter.com or visit sbgb.org.

TMI celebrates 120 years of service and success

TMI 120 logo COLOROn Aug. 23, students and faculty of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas went back to school for the 120th time, starting the year with a traditional, university-style Convocation, including an academic procession in which all instructors and administrators participate.

“We all think about our teachers,” said Headmaster John W. Cooper, Ph.D., in his welcome address. “As you reflect on your teachers, now and later, you will remember the ones who made a difference in your lives, how much they gave you and how important that was to you.”

Convocation in All Saints Chapel was followed by another TMI tradition, “The Greeting.” Each year on the first day of school since the mid-1990s, the entire student body shakes hands with all faculty and staff members – more than 100 adults who line up to welcome new and returning students.

TMI 1890s cadetsFounded by the Rt. Rev. James S. Johnston, first bishop of the independent Diocese of West Texas, TMI opened Oct. 3, 1893, with 12 students in primary through high-school grades. By the end of that first year, that number had quadrupled, and the school was on its way to becoming one of the most popular and respected in San Antonio and the larger South Texas region.

Distinguished alumni include U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, banker/philanthropist Tom C. Frost Jr., rancher Richard M. “Tres” Kleberg, McCombs Foundation Vice President Connie McCombs McNab, historic preservationist Dru Van Steenberg and many other men and women who have pursued impressive careers in business, the arts, medicine, academia and other disciplines.

Originally an all-boys, all-military school, TMI admitted girls to its summer program from the 1940s onward, welcomed its first 11 female full-time students in 1972 and is now fully coeducational.

TMI Falon LittleTMI’s Corps of Cadets became co-ed in 1974 and optional in 1976; the award-winning Army JROTC unit recently was recognized as an Honor Unit with Distinction – the highest designation possible – for the 20th year in a row. The Corps’ current battalion commander, who is the highest-ranking student officer, is Falon Little, the third female “BC” in TMI’s history.

This year, the flagship and only high school of the diocese has a record-high enrollment of 469 students in grades six through 12. While the school was founded as and still is an Episcopal church school, TMI welcomes students of all faiths. All TMI students are required to perform community-service hours; last year, the student body performed a total of 11,533 hours of service, far exceeding the required number.

Throughout the 2013-2014 school year TMI will celebrate its 120th anniversary with the goal of performing “120 Acts of Service” as its signature observance, reaffirming the school’s commitment to educating servant leaders.

The mission of TMI is to provide an excellent educational community, with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, challenging motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.