$120,000 in Scholarships Awarded this Spring
Last month, more than 50 of our youngest SAISD alumni gathered at the Alamo Convocation Center for the SAISD Foundation’s Spring Scholarship Breakfast. The event, in partnership with the Department of Postsecondary Initiatives, gave students receiving Foundation scholarships a chance to network with their peers and mentors and enjoy a quick bite to eat. The program featured an alumni panel discussion moderated by Jefferson alumna and SAISD Foundation Board Member Laura Saldivar Luna. They discussed their pathways and obstacles during their undergraduate years and beyond. After the panel, students continued networking and picked up their scholarship checks for the spring semester. From students who attend universities right here in San Antonio to those who attend a university more than 500 miles away, every student was happy to reconnect with their SAISD Familia. Thank you to all of our scholarship donors who help remove financial barriers for students in their college journey through the 180 named scholarships our students receive in addition to our 20 SAISD Foundation scholarships. Learn more about our work to support SAISD students after high school.
The Innovative Grant Cycle has begun! From book vending machines to newsrooms, San Antonio ISD educators are encouraged to apply for an Innovative Grant to fund their next project!
Finalists will be awarded grant awards of up to $5,000 to help their project come to life. Past funded projects include chicken coops and virtual reality goggles!
Teachers are encouraged to dream big and submit their quick video applications to be invited to the next round of our simplified grant process. SAISD Educators - submit your two-minute video in our Flip group by
Friday, February 16th! Looking to brainstorm ideas? Give us a call at 210-554-2235 or email us at SAISDFoundation@saisd.net. Grants awarded must be implemented during the 2024-2025 school year.
Learn more on how to apply by visiting our website.
Belle Ortiz Music Building Dedication Ceremony
On Feb 8, 2024, Lanier High School will host the Music Building Dedication Ceremony to recognize the life, legacy and achievements of Belle Ortiz. The San Antonio ISD School Board voted this fall on naming the building as a tribute to the significant impact this Lanier alumna made on our students and mariachi education in Texas and far beyond. Her legacy now has impacted over 2,500 school districts, colleges, and universities worldwide offering their students mariachi education. This event will feature performances from Lanier Mariachi Orgullo de San Antonio, an SAISD All-Star Mariachi and special guests Mariachi Campanas de America. Plan to join us? RSVP today.
Welcome, New Board of Directors
This year we are honored to have six new leaders join our Board of Directors. Each member brings a range of talents to our board and will contribute to ensuring our work to help students and teachers thrive in San Antonio ISD public schools. As a public charity, a strong board is critical to our organization’s success. With our newest cohort, our robust board is now 32-strong and even more poised to help us reach new heights for students and teachers. Learn more about the newest members of our board!
Thank you, Campus Employee Donors!
Our employee donors are a special group. Dedicated to seeing their students and colleagues thrive, they choose to donate and support the collective work we share in addition to the commitment they make everyday to own communities.
This month we recognized two campuses, that excelled in the percentage of employees who made a gift to the SAISD Foundation and raised a significant contribution overall. Our gratitude is being extended to both JT Brackenridge at the primary level and Burbank High School at the secondary level. Special shoutout to Burbank for being the highest contributing school for the secondary level for two years in a row! See the celebrations in the coming weeks by following us on our social media channels.
If SAISD employees missed the opportunity to make a gift, they can do so during our February Give a Little Love Campaign. Visit the internal SAISD employee portal to contribute to even more innovative and mini-grants for fellow San Antonio ISD educators.
School Board Appreciation Month
January is School Board Appreciation Month. We thank the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees for their commitment to our students, staff, schools, and community. From joining us at scholarship award ceremonies to educator grant deliveries, each trustee serves as a guiding force to an exemplary education and provides extensive opportunities for student success. We are proud to partner with them and the San Antonio ISD familia to ensure students and teachers thrive in public schools.
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