San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo commits $11.8 million to educating Texas youth

SA RodeoThe San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.), a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas, has built a reputation for being one of the largest family-friendly events in the state featuring livestock and horse shows, interactive exhibits and shows, PRCA Rodeo action, carnival and live entertainment. Additionally, S.A.L.E. has a direct influence on the lives of thousands of individuals pursuing a higher education.

IMG_7357aThis year, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (dba the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo) has committed $11.8 million to educate Texas youth. This amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, a youth western art auction, calf scramble program, and show premiums paid to the youth of Texas. This year’s total giving represents a record commitment, topping 2013’s $11.3 million by over a half million dollars. This brings the total amount the organization has committed since inception to $147.9 million. Keith Martin, Executive Director and CEO, made the announcement during the organization’s annual membership meeting, May 13th at the Expo Hall of the Freeman Coliseum/AT&T Center grounds in San Antonio, Texas.

Keith Martin commented, “We owe the show’s continued success to the support and efforts of over 6,000 S.A.L.E. volunteers. Their contributions of time, energy and skills make it possible to give so much back to the youth of Texas. And that’s what we are about, transforming lives, giving these kids an opportunity to improve their futures and the generations to come.”

S.A.L.E. has a rich tradition and history of stewardship to the community and the agriculture industry. With a clear vision of the future, a successful past and continual dedication from over 6,000 volunteers, S.A.L.E. will continue to provide wholesome family entertainment and be a pillar of strength and support to the youth of Texas.

The 2015 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will be held February 12th – March 1st at the Freeman Coliseum/AT&T Center grounds.

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TMI celebrates 120th graduation

TMI crest, verticalTMI – The Episcopal School of Texas celebrated its 120th graduation ceremony May 24 in the school’s All Saints Chapel.

Members of TMI’s class of 2014 were offered a total of $9 million in scholarships. All 74 graduates will attend four-year colleges and universities, including Boston College, Boston University, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Notre Dame, Rice, St. Olaf, UCLA, the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as Baylor, SMU, Trinity, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University.

graduation_P2170558 copyMembers of TMI’s class of 2014 celebrate at the end of their graduation ceremony, held May 24 in All Saints Chapel.

“This is a special place,” said TMI Headmaster John W. Cooper, Ph.D., in his welcome address. “Of course, it’s a beautiful spot in the Texas Hill Country, but more important, it’s a place where some incredible people – adults and youth – work and study and laugh and cry together, and build their futures and make memories.”

Class speaker Berkeley Brown, who will attend Harvard College in the fall, said, “Our teachers never ceased to believe in our abilities and potential, not just as leaders and intellects but as people. As a class, we dare to believe that we can do anything, that we can inspire change, that we have the strength to go the extra mile.”

Susannah Wright, a National Merit Scholar, was awarded the Bishop’s Cup, for the member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the finest qualities of Christian citizenship. She will attend Rice University in the fall. Taylor Devlin was the recipient of the Founder’s Award, presented to the student who best embodies the TMI mission statement. She will attend Trinity University in the fall.

About TMI
Founded in 1893, TMI is the flagship school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12 with optional Junior ROTC and boarding programs. For information, visit or call (210) 698-7171.

Five Highland High School students awarded Broadway Bank scholarships

BroadwayBank_Logo_tagHighlands High School Students with Jeanette Flores Westbrook Cheever BuildingHighlands High School Class of 2014 graduating seniors, Christian Garcia-Hernandez, Anthony Lopez, Jason Lopez, Artemio Ortiz and Eduardo Velazquez, took center stage as Broadway Bank awarded them each $2,000 scholarships in support of their next step in education. San Antonio Independent School District superintendent Sylvester Perez, Ed.D., and the executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP), Eyra Perez, joined with Jim Goudge, Broadway Bank, chief executive officer, and a large group of Broadway Bankers to recognize the students.

“It’s an honor to celebrate the success of these Broadway Bank scholarship recipients and to learn about their plans for the future,” said Sylvester Perez, Ed.D. “They have great aspirations, and this generous contribution toward their college education will bring them a step closer to achieving their goals.”

All five students are first generation college-goers and three of them boast a100 percent attendance rate. Broadway Bank awards these scholarships to students representing a different high school in Bexar County every year in collaboration with the SAEP.

Anthony Lopez plans to study electrical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He said, “I want to create a company that brings jobs here to San Antonio, Texas, my hometown.”

Christian Garcia-Hernandez with Jeannette Westbrook FloresGarcia-Hernandez plans to attend Northeast Lakeview College then transfer to UTSA. He is both a first generation high school graduate and college student. He said, “I’m very determined to graduate from college.”

Jason Lopez was thrilled to receive the scholarship. He never missed a day of school and will study technology engineering at UTSA. He said, “The reason I want to study engineering is because I want to be able to make a big change in the world. I even want to make history.”

Ortiz said, “I want to become a cyber-security computer programmer. I know it will not be easy but I will strive to succeed and reach my future goals.” He has 100 percent attendance and also plans to study at UTSA.

Eduardo Velazquez has a 98 average and has 100 percent attendance. He will study music performance at UTSA. He said, “For my career, I wish to be a music educator or instructor able to make a positive difference in children’s lives through music.”

Highlands High School Students with checksBroadway Bank’s Jeannette Flores Westbrook, senior vice president, community reinvestment, said, “There is no better investment than to help students pursue their dreams for a brighter future.” She told the students, “This scholarship means more than just dollars, it’s about giving you confidence and inspiration to realize your full potential. We all believe in you and we wish you the best.”

This is the fifth year that Broadway Bank and the SAEP have partnered to award these scholarships.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly-rated Bank operates 38 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at for more information.

SACU Bridge for U Scholarship awards $18,000 to students

SACU logoSACU is pleased to announce the six recipients of its 2013-2014 SACU Bridge for U Scholarship, designed to assist SACU members as they move from a two-year community college to a four-year college or university. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $18,000.

“One of San Antonio’s strengths is its solid and accessible community college system. This scholarship is a benefit of SACU membership, providing $3,000 per student to assist our members in ‘bridging’ from a two-year community college to a four-year college or university,” SACU Scholarship representative Juan Antonio Ruiz said. SACU Board of Directors Scholarship Chair Deborah J. McCrary introduced and recognized three of the six winners who attended the credit union’s 78th annual meeting on May 16.

Amy Blanks, member since 2011, from San Antonio; attending the University of Texas at San Antonio; major: psychology.

Silas Espino, member since 2009, fromSan Antonio; attending the University of Texas at San Antonio; major: anthropology

Michaelina Guerra, member since 2010, from San Antonio; attending Texas A&M-San Antonio; major: kinesiology

2013 Bridge for U Scholarship winners & McCrary 78th ann meeting 1960

(photo) SACU Bridge for U Scholarship winners (L to R): Amy Blanks, Michaelina Guerro and Silas Espino. (Not shown: Kyla Barcenas, Ashley Baum and Andrea Rivas)

Unable to attend were:

Kyla Barcenas, member since 2012, from San Antonio; attending Texas A&M-San Antonio, major:  physical therapy

Ashley Baum, member since 2003, from Katy, Texas; attending Texas A&M, major: horticulture

Andrea Rivas, member since 2010, from San Antonio; attending Texas State University; major: visual studies.

SACU established The Bridge for U Scholarship in 2009 and has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships since the program began. The funds can be used to defray the costs of tuition, books and lab fees and other education expenses. It is available annually to students who qualify. Watch for scholarship information through SACU publications. Visit in November 2013 to access applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Funding for the SACU Bridge for U Scholarship is part of the credit union’s broader commitment to educational programs in the community, including 14 years as co-sponsor for the ExCEL Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and support for the Team-Up Challenge and High 5 Readers programs through the Spurs Silver and Black Give Back. SACU provides endowments at UT San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University and the Alamo Colleges through the Jeffrey H. Farver Endowed Scholarship. It also supports scholarships through the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo sponsorship and provides an employee tuition reimbursement program.

SACU is a $2.9 billion credit union, with 16 locations in San Antonio and one in Houston. As a member-owned financial institution, SACU provides a wide array of convenient services to members through GOTM, the mobile app from SACU, and numerous online services. Members benefit through competitive savings and loan rates and reasonably priced financial services. There are hundreds of ways to qualify for membership at SACU. Visit, or call 210-258-1234 or 1-800-688-SACU (7228) for information.

Security Service Federal Credit Union Awards $20k in Scholarships to Outstanding Students

Security Services Federal Credit Union

Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) has awarded twenty high school seniors from Texas, Utah and Colorado with $1,000 scholarships for their college education.

“What better way to give back to our community than to support these bright, future leaders as they pursue their college educations?” said Jim Laffoon, Security Service FCU president.  “We select our recipients based on a strong academic record, well-rounded interests, a character of integrity and focused goals. Each of these students is outstanding in all these areas.”

SSFCU scholars

Cutline: (Back row – from left) Anthony Aktines; Cody Jones; Daniel Martinez; Jayme Greene; Lillian Byas; (middle row – from left) Gilbert Costello; Carolyn Mazuca; Natalie Cormier; (front row – from left) Shamzy Romero, SSFCU business development officer; Ilianna Walker; Hayley Morrill; Kelsey Wong; Brooke Strowd; and Jessica Leal, SSFCU senior communications specialist.

The student scholars honored were:

Cody Jones (Theodore Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, TX)
Carolyn Mazuca (Thomas Jefferson HS, San Antonio, TX)
Anthony Aktines III (Theodore Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, TX)
Noureen Rojani (Douglas MacArthur HS, San Antonio, TX)
Natalie Cormier (John Jay HS, San Antonio, TX)
Kelsey Wong (Tom Clark HS, San Antonio, TX)
Brooke Strowd (East Central HS, San Antonio, TX)
Mariah Cannon (John Jay HS, San Antonio, TX)
Lillian Hilliard Byas (James Madison HS, San Antonio, TX)
Hayley Morrill (Cole HS, San Antonio, TX)
Ilianna Walker (William H. Taft HS, San Antonio, TX)
Jayme Greene (Communication Arts HS, San Antonio, TX)
Maria Calderon (Edinburg HS, Edinburg, TX)
Gilbert Costello III (Hondo HS, Hondo, TX)
Daniel Martinez (Samuel Clemens HS, Schertz, TX)
Portia Loosli (Riverton HS, Riverton, UT)
Brian Likes, Jr. (Las Animas Secondary School, La Junta, CO)
Shelby Lange (Thomas B. Doherty HS, Colorado Springs, CO)
Ryan Hales (Springville HS, Springville, UT)
Anthony Jones (Pueblo HS, Pueblo, CO)

The awards are part of the SSFCU community scholarship program. Over the past 23 years, the credit union has presented in excess of $210,000 to more than 265 college-bound students.  The scholarships, which can be used to pay for tuition, books, lab fees and other related educational expenses, will help these outstanding students attain their educational objectives and professional goals.

Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with more than $7 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. Headquartered in San Antonio, the credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation and is the largest in San Antonio. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at or call 1-888-415-7878.