SAAHJ Awards Record $65,000 to College Students

The San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists is thrilled to announce that it is awarding a record $65,000 in scholarships to 14 students attending college this 2023-24 academic year.

SAAHJ’s mission is to help newsrooms better reflect the diverse population of Texas, which includes supporting Latinx students in their pursuit of careers in journalism, communications and public relations.

Every year, the nonprofit awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and recognizes recipients during its annual scholarship and awards gala, which also serves as its biggest fundraiser. This year’s gala – SAAHJ’s 25th anniversary gala – will take place Aug. 5 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The scholarships are managed through a partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation and applicants were selected by a committee that focused on applicants’ financial need, talent and career ambitions.

This year marks the third 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 Noah Davila, a student at Devine High School who plans to attend Texas Tech University, to receive this special scholarship.

This year is also the first year of hosting a $2,000 scholarship honoring the late News 4 San Antonio anchor Roy Roger Galvan and funded by his wife Di Galvan. SAAHJ’s scholarship committee selected Mia Aguirre, a student at Alamo Heights High School who plans to attend St. Edward’s University, to receive this special scholarship.

Congratulations to the following scholarship awardees:

  • Sergio Medina, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Achiraya Kurth, University of Texas at Austin
  • Noah Davila, Texas Tech University
  • Mia Aguirre, St. Edward’s University
  • J’Lauren Thomas
  • Flora Farr
  • Christopher Valdovinos, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Malena (Aris) Earls, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Emma Siebold, Emerson College
  • Alejandra De La O, University of Texas at Austin
  • Miranda Ramirez
  • Mireya Escobar, Texas State University
  • Esteban Serrano, St. Mary’s University
  • Jordan Jackson

The future is bright because of students like them.

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Madison Iszler