Presenting our Scholarship Winners for the 2018-2019 School Year.

They receive more than $10,000 this year!




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 his community. Cotton says he owes all his success to his parents and the amazing advisors at San Antonio College and UT-Arlington. Without them, he would not be the person he is today.

Jessica Christine Del Valle

Jessica Christine Del Valle

Multimedia Production at Texas State University

Jessica Christine Del Valle obtained her associate degree in journalism from San Antonio College and will study multimedia production at Texas State University this fall. Del Valle spent the last two years studying the many elements of journalism from photography, to video journalism, to reporting and looks forward to continued education in the field. Growing up Del Valle always had a love for sports which drew her interest in sports reporting when she entered the journalism program. During her time at SAC, Del Valle was the Sports Editor for The Ranger, a student-run newspaper. Her hard work has allowed her to develop a strong portfolio and skills that have earned her awards and recognition. Del Valle says she owes all her success to her parents and the great advisors at SAC. She is currently interning at Sports2nite and is a part-time staff writer for San Antonio Express-News.

Soleil Gaffner

Soleil Gaffner

Communication and Spanish at Trinity University

Soleil Gaffner is a rising senior at Trinity University, studying Communication and Spanish with a minor in International Studies. She has worked on Trinity’s independent, student-run newspaper, the Trinitonian, since her freshman year. During her tenure, she’s held the several positions, including columnist, copy editor, and section editor, and has enjoyed every minute of it. In the fall, she will continue striving for independent and passion-driven journalism as the opinion section editor for the Trinitonian.

Stephanie Garza

Stephanie Garza

Mass Communications at Our Lady of the Lake University

Stephanie Garza is a mass communications senior at Our Lady of the Lake University. As a public relations major and political science minor, Garza has benefited from versatile courses that have provided her with unique experiences and incredible opportunities. Garza’s passion for journalism and writing began at a young age but flourished during her first semester at OLLU. While at OLLU, Garza has acquired experience in writing, editing, publishing, and studio and field production. Garza is a reporter for The Lake Front, OLLU’s student-run newspaper, and for The Lake Front Newscast. As a McNair Scholar, Garza hopes to advance the research in the fields of mass communications and political science.

Mariah Gonzalez

Mariah Gonzalez

Communications at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Mariah Gonzalez is a Communications Junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Mariah is a freelance content creator. She also worked in marketing and design for the university’s recreational sports department. Mariah is a reporter and will soon start as the managing editor for the university’s online news source, the Mesquite. When Mariah is not at school she enjoys illustrating and volunteering as a photographer in her community.

Jesus E. Jimenez

Jesus E. Jimenez

Communications at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Jesus E. Jimenez is a communications senior with a minor in English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Raised in a small town of Fabens, he moved here in 2015 as a transfer student to Northwest Vista College. Jimenez began reporting this past semester, where he wrote about two opposite issues currently in Bexar County. He profiled Sheriff Javier Salazar and County Commissioner Precinct #3 Kevin Wolff; and Executive Directors Sandra Whitley and Howard Rogers from Thrive Youth Center and Alamo Area Resource Center, respectively, on the issue of LGBT Homeless Youth. In the fall, Jimenez will be an intern at Univision where he will shadow reporters, videographers and production while on assignments. In spring 2019, he will begin is masters program in Mass Communications at Texas State University.

Renee Muniz

Renee Muniz

Communication Arts and English at University of the Incarnate Word

Renee Muñiz is a junior at the University of the Incarnate Word double majoring in communication arts with a concentration in journalism and English. She takes delight in creativity, especially writing. She hopes to use her writing to showcase the lesser-known members of her community who are striving to make a difference. She is also an active member of her campus ministry at UIW as part of the media ministry.

Guadalupe "Wally" Perez

Guadalupe "Wally" Perez

Journalism at Texas State University

Guadalupe Perez, who goes by Wally, is going into his senior year at Texas State University pursuing a bachelor’s in journalism. He’s already earned an associate’s in journalism from San Antonio College, where he worked for The Ranger for two years as editor-in-chief, features editor and other positions. He’s also written for The Tacoist and Folo Media, which gave him an opportunity to work alongside veteran reporters and editors who had worked at MSNBC, the Washington Post, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. He recently took an interest in broadcast journalism, specifically radio, and plans to work for Texas State’s radio station KTSW 89.9 this coming school year.

Ashley Skinner

Ashley Skinner

Journalism at Texas State University

Ashley Skinner is a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology. She was recently inducted to the Council of Scholars, a prestigious honor society for students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters. Only 5% of the College of Fine Arts and Communication students earn this privilege. Ashley was a reporter for the school’s newspaper, The University Star, and eventually took on the News Editor position. In January of 2018, she went to Guyana as a member of the Global News Team to report on Texas State’s Respiratory Care team giving aide to the developing country. In high school, Ashley interned for her hometown’s local newspaper, The Bandera Bulletin, was the State Champion of the University Interscholastic League News Writing competition, Editor of the Bulldog Times, Co-Editor of the Bulldog Nation News broadcast and head yearbook photographer. She will graduate in May 2019, a year earlier than expected, and wants to be a news reporter or editor for a widely known newspaper.

Additional Winners not shown here:

Zephanie Battle, Texas State University

Katrina Clements, University of Texas at San Antonio

Victoria O’Connor, University of the Incarnate Word

Congratulations scholarship winners!