San Antonio journalism group awards $35,000 to college students

The San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists is awarding $35,000 in scholarships among 11 students attending college this 2021-22 academic year.

SAAHJ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Latinos and young professionals of all backgrounds pursue careers in journalism and other communications professions. Every year, the group awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students and recognizes these scholars during its annual scholarship and awards gala, which also serves as its biggest fundraiser. This year’s gala is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Grand Hyatt.

The scholarships are managed through a partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation and were selected by a group of local journalists who looked for both financial need and talent.

This year also marks the second year of hosting a $5,000 scholarship to an outstanding Latino student funded by Shea Serrano, a multiple New York Times best-selling author and San Antonio native, and his wife Larami Serrano. SAAHJ’s scholarship committee selected Austin Martinez, who attends the University of Texas at Austin, to receive this special scholarship.

Ten other students were awarded scholarships that totaled $30,000 to pursue their education.

  • Antonio Bocanegra II, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Brian Yancelson, Trinity University
  • Roy Jimenez, University of North Texas
  • Autumn Kretzschmar, Cornell University
  • Victoria Velazquez, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Cristela Jones, Texas State University – San Marcos
  • Gabrielle Yanez, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Zoe Del Rosario, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Alisa Garza, Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Brianna Almaguer, University of Texas at San Antonio
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