On Wednesday the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation honored major supporters of the university with its Dream Maker Award.
The school honored a number of benefactors for their help in funding the education of some local students who otherwise could not have secured tuition assistance.
University President Dr. Maria Hernandez-Ferrier, said one of those students is Savannah Villanueva, who had a great need for tuition assistance, but other scholarships would not consider her application because of her age.
This is the sixth year for the fund that gives parents the opportunity to lock in tomorrow's college tuition costs at Texas public colleges and universities at today's prices.
Families can purchase one of three types of prepaid "tuition units" that are later applied toward undergraduate tuition and fees. Prices are based on 2013-14 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges.
From the tail end of the regular legislative session until the last seconds of the final special session of the summer, 60 Texas colleges and universities held their breath wondering if Gov. Rick Perry would add legislation to provide an extra $2.7 billion in tuition revenue bonds to complete various projects on campuses.
Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, authored a bill with bipartisan support to cover the money, but Perry didn't add it to the special sessions.
The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.
Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.