Investing in the Future

SAAHJ is dedicated to helping Latinos and young professionals of all backgrounds pursue their careers in journalism and other areas of the communications sector. Every year, we help advance these endeavors by awarding tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students at our annual scholarship gala.

Beginning at our 2020 gala to at least the 2023 gala, San Antonio native and New York Times best-selling author Shea Serrano provided our organization with funds to offer a $5,000 scholarship in his name to a student who is interested in becoming a journalist or a published author.

*The first year of the Shea Serrano scholarship was limited to students from or attending college in San Antonio. This eligibility requirement for his scholarship changed in 2021 to be open to all students regardless of residency.

San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists

Scholarship Application

Applications for SAAHJ's 2023 scholarships are now open.

Who can apply?

Graduating seniors enrolling in college and current full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in journalism, communications or public relations programs may apply.

Students must live in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina or Wilson counties OR attend school in San Antonio if their permanent residence is outside the counties listed above. If they are pursuing a career in publishing, they can live anywhere in the U.S.

They must also be able to demonstrate financial need.

All students are encouraged to apply regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.

What is the deadline to apply?

Friday, Feb. 24

How do I apply?

Thanks to a partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation, SAAHJ has an online scholarship application.

Applicants must create an account via the foundation's website at saafdn.org and log in to fill out the internal universal application.

What happens next?

A panel of media and public relations professionals will evaluate applications in the spring. Winners will be featured at the annual SAAHJ gala in 2023.

Who do I contact with questions?

Jennifer Ballesteros with the San Antonio Area Foundation can be reached at jballesteros@saafdn.org or by calling 210-775-6295.

Past Recipients

SAAHJ 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Students were awarded scholarships that totaled $40,000 to pursue their education.

Abigail Velez University of the Incarnate Word
Brian Yancelson Trinity University
Cristela Jones University of Texas at Austin
Gabrielle Yanez University of the Incarnate Word
Marylynn Alvarado University of Texas at Austin
Miranda Liguez University of Texas at Austin
Olivia Hernandez University of Texas at Austin
Raul Lopez Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Roy Jimenez University of North Texas
Sergio Medina* Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Zoe Del Rosario University of the Incarnate Word

*Shea Serrano, a multiple New York Times-bestselling author and San Antonio native, funded a $5,000 scholarship for an outstanding Latino student. Sergio Medina was selected to receive this scholarship.

SAAHJ 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Students were awarded scholarships that totaled $35,000 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
Austin Martinez* University of Texas at Austin

*Shea Serrano, a multiple New York Times-bestselling author and San Antonio native, funded a $5,000 scholarship for an outstanding Latino student. Austin Martinez was selected to receive this scholarship.

SAAHJ 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Students were awarded scholarships that totaled $52,500 to pursue their education.

Liandre De la Uso Texas A&M-San Antonio
Karla Bello-Mondragon University of the Incarnate Word
Brigid Cooley Texas A&M-San Antonio
Samantha Ruvalcaba St. Mary’s University
Austin Martinez The University of Texas at Austin
Brian Yancelson Trinity University
Molly Tilton The University of Texas at Austin
Antonio Bocanegra II University of the Incarnate Word
David Rojas Texas A&M-San Antonio
Kailey Lopez Trinity University
Noah Alcala Bach University of Missouri
Melanie Salazar Tarelton State University
Gabrielle Yanez University of the Incarnate Word
Briana Caballero University of the Incarnate Word
Cristela Jones Texas State University

SAAHJ 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Students were awarded scholarships that totaled $40,000 to pursue their education.

Nicole Bautista Texas State University
Samantha Esparza Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Deandra Gonzalez Texas State University
Annette Guerra-Armendariz Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Cameron Jones University of Texas at Austin
Cristela Jones Texas State University
Kailey Lopez Trinity University
Bethany Melendez University of the Incarnate Word
Renee Muniz University of the Incarnate Word
Oziel Trevino-Munoz Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Christine Romero Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Samantha Salazar St. Mary's University
Armando Villarreal Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Gabrielle Yanez University of the Incarnate Word