Meet our 2017 Winners of more than $10,000!

Join us in a celebration.

6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at Tomatillo’s Cantina Y Cafe. RSVP and details here..

Jose Arredondo

Jose Arredondo

Journalism at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Jose Arredondo is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He has written and photographed at The Bugle Call, The Big Stick, The Ranger and La Prensa newspapers. Recently, Arredondo interned at Spectrum News where he covered the San Antonio Spurs and performed on camera. In seven years, Arredondo has interviewed Emmitt Smith, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Diamond Dallas Paige and several other high-profile figures.

Adam Christopher Barraza

Adam Christopher Barraza

Communication at University of the Incarnate Word

At the age of eight, Adam Christopher Barraza grew fond of video cameras during summer vacation while celebrating his birthday at Disneyland. As he grew older, his love for cameras also grew. He went on to do school news at Coronado High School, which helped land him an internship in El Paso. A year later, Barraza moved to San Antonio and went on to earn his A.A.S. in radio, television and film at San Antonio College. He is now working towards his bachelor’s in communications with a concentration in production, all while working for Fox 29 and NBC’s News 4 in San Antonio.

Marco P. Cadena

Marco P. Cadena

Communication Arts at University of the Incarnate Word

Marco P. Cadena is a communication arts student concentrating in bilingual communications at University of the Incarnate Word. Cadena is expected to graduate with a Master of Arts degree in May 2018. Throughout his college years, Cadena acquired experience in writing, editing, publishing in English and Spanish, broadcasting, photography, design, and layout by being an active member of UIW’s radio station, student-run newspaper, and television station. He occupied positions such as KUIW’s radio DJ, opinions editor for The Logos, and communications director for UIWtv. Apart from writing and broadcast journalism, Cadena enjoys music, traveling, and horror films.

Kyle Cotton

Kyle Cotton

Journalism at University of Texas at Arlington

Born and raised in San Antonio, Cotton grew up rushing to read the San Antonio Express-News sports section every day, dreaming to be a sports reporter one day. Once he arrived at the journalism program at San Antonio College, he fell in love with news as his stories helped inform the Alamo Colleges’ community. Cotton says he owes all his success to his parents and the amazing advisors at San Antonio College. Without them, he would not be the person he is today.

James Dusek

James Dusek

Journalism at San Antonio College

James Dusek is a journalism sophomore at San Antonio College, where he is the features editor at The Ranger. He is passionate about sharing people’s stories and thoughts. Home-schooled for most of his life, James developed a voracious appetite for reading stories at a young age and later fell in love with writing. He believes stories, more now than ever, are vitally important to understanding and empathizing with one another.

Cynthia Herrera

Cynthia Herrera

Journalism at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Cynthia Herrera is a communications senior with a minor in sociology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She is a first generation college student and graduated from San Antonio College where she obtained two associate degrees, one in journalism and the other in photography. While at SAC, she was the assistant managing editor and editor for The Ranger. She also works as a multimedia journalist at NOWCastSA and interns for The Tacoist, a San Antonio foodie website. She recently became multimedia editor for The Mesquite.

Bethany Melendez

Bethany Melendez

Communication Arts at University of the Incarnate Word

My name is Bethany Melendez and I have just finished my first year of college at the University of the Incarnate Word. I am studying communication arts and minoring in photography and English. I am also the photo editor of the university’s newspaper The Logos. I am very honored to receive this scholarship! Thank you!

Renee Muniz

Renee Muniz

Communication Arts at Trinity University

Renee Muniz is a sophomore majoring in communication arts with a concentration in journalism at the University of the Incarnate Word. Muniz developed a love for journalism in elementary school, watching “Good Morning America” every day before school. She wanted to know: How did the reporters feel? What would their tone be towards each new story? Today, along with writing for The Logos, student-run newspaper, she enjoys spending time with her second family in campus ministry.

Victoria O'Connor

Victoria O'Connor

Journalism at University of the Incarnate Word

A reporter for the student newspaper The Logos, O’Connor was recently promoted to features editor, overseeing features from student reporters, laying out sections of the newspaper and writing a monthly column. She has also participated as a volunteer anchor for the campus television station, UIWtv, and is a member of the multicultural sorority, Delta Xi Nu.

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez

Journalism at San Antonio College

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez is currently an intern for The Tacoist and will attend Texas State University this fall (2017) to obtain a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He started his journalism career at San Antonio College in 2015 with The Ranger newspaper and concluded his final semester there as a reporter and illustrator for the paper. Perez held the positions of features editor, calendar editor, photographer, and editor in chief. He is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and enjoys watching movies and listening to music in his free time.

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez

Communications at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez is a communications senior with a minor in business at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. As president of the SPJ student chapter she feels very proud of obtaining an SPJ scholarship for the second year in a row. She has written for The Ranger and The Mesquite and has passion for journalism and writing.

Amisarahi Sarabia

Amisarahi Sarabia

Journalism at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Amisarahi Sarabia is a communications major at Texas A&M-San Antonio. She uses her creativity and visual skills as the visual editor for The Mesquite, the online campus news publication in the Texas-Oklahoma region. SPJ recently recognized The Mesquite staff for the best digital online student publication, earning Ami her second SPJ recognition. Ami previously reported for The Pulse at Palo Alto College and worked as a photographer at San Antonio’s Tower of the Americas. In 2013, Ami started her own website “The Girl Is Poison” (“http://thegirlispoison.com) dedicated to beauty, lifestyle and entertainment. Ami’s passions include photography, reading, blogging and listening to The Beatles.

Julie Weis

Julie Weis

Communications at Trinity University

Julia is a rising junior at Trinity University. She is studying communication and Chinese, with a minor in business. She has worked for the school’s newspaper, the Trinitonian, for two years as a copy editor and feature reporter. In the fall, Julia will be the Trinitonian’s sports editor.

Congratulations scholarship winners!