Twenty Jaguars Receive Alamo Bowl Scholarships

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By University Communications
Wednesday, 09 14 2022

Alamo Bowl ScholarshipThe Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners Scholarships were announced at PNC Pigskin Preview Luncheon on August 31.

SAN ANTONIO – A record number of students from Texas A&M University–San Antonio (A&M-San Antonio) were awarded funds from the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners Scholarships.

The college juniors and seniors – 97 total – will split $610,000 in scholarship awards funded by the Bowl and matching programs at all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities (University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Trinity University, and The University of Texas at San Antonio). A&M-San Antonio was awarded $100,000 of the total scholarship money.

“The Valero Alamo Bowl luncheon was an amazing celebratory event that showcased communities supporting communities,” said Darnell Smith, director of athletics & rec sports. “I witnessed students from all walks of life receive recognition for their significant achievements athletically, academically and personally. The future is bright with these rising stars!”

The scholarship recipients were guests at the PNC Pigskin Preview Luncheon on August 31. At the luncheon, guests heard from ESPN’s Sam Acho, enjoyed a meal courtesy of Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, and had an opportunity to play on the turf and win prizes courtesy of Chicken N Pickle and the San Antonio Pickleball Association.

“The honor of being awarded the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship is heartfelt, because a gesture like this means that people are investing in you,” said Jesse Lopez, a senior marketing major. “They support what you’ve done, believe in you, and believe in what you plan to achieve in your future. It’s important through achievements and struggles to always remember those who have believed in you.”

Since its inception in 1993, The Valero Alamo Bowl has delivered more than $8.4 million in local scholarships.

The following A&M – San Antonio students received scholarship money: Cody Bishop, senior, Applied Arts & Sciences; Kaitlin Dzierzanowski, junior, Marketing; Romelia Esquivel, junior, Criminology; Sarah Farrell, junior, Kinesiology; Rodrigo Flores-Martinez, junior, Accounting; Carmicheal Green, junior, Interdisciplinary Studies; Andrea Guzman, senior, Interdisciplinary Studies; Jesse Lopez, senior, Marketing; Isaiah Lucio, junior, Computer Information Systems; Enrique Mata, junior, Computer Information Systems; Sakshi Patel, junior, Biology; Valerie Rendon, senior, Interdisciplinary Studies; Michael Rodriguez, junior, Criminology; Joseph Rubio, senior, Kinesiology; Caton Sandoval, senior, Management; Fatima Soria-Lazo, junior, Mathematics; Lizbeth Terrazas, junior; Biology; Victor Villarreal, senior, Criminology; Kayla Valenzuela, senior, Kinesiology; and Deandra Wiggins, junior, Computer Information Systems. 


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Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, the University offers 33 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees to nearly 7,000 students. A&M-San Antonio is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of only 24 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 75 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and 73 percent are the first in their family to attend college. A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution; in 2020, Military Times ranked the University No. 35 in the nation for Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit for more information. #onamission