The U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies award ACD more than $19.1 million


United States department of Education along with several other federal agencies awarded several grants to the Alamo Colleges District totaling over $19.1 million to assist with programming and student support services.

The grant announcement is part of a collective national reward of billions of dollars in federal grants for the next fiscal year. The scholarship programs are diverse and share the same goal of addressing critical challenges that impede post-secondary student opportunity and success.

“We are thrilled to have leadership at the federal level supporting our regional efforts at Alamo Colleges,” said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “These funds will help us improve our existing work and create more opportunities for our students. Careers in our region that previously only required a high school diploma are becoming increasingly rare. These scholarships will put our students on the right path to high-demand, high-paying careers.

Each of the grants awarded to our colleges and district will help students in the district achieve their post-secondary goals.

Program rewards span our entire district and include the following:

Northwest Vista College and San Antonio College have both received grants under the HSI STEM program for the next five years. Grants will support:

  • NVC Portal Leading to Undergraduate Success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (PLUS+STEM Project), which aims to reduce existing disparities in higher STEM education, including retention, persistence, achievement and STEM degree completion among low-income Hispanics, and other underrepresented populations. The total grant is $5,000,000.
  • SAC’s Boosting Undergraduate Inquiry, Learning, and Determination (BUILD) Program – which will significantly enhance SAC’s ability to provide academic support to Hispanic and otherwise underrepresented students in STEM majors who are enrolled in high-challenge STEM courses. The total grant is $4,997,128.

Title III – HBCU Programs, including Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act

  • St. Philip’s College received an HBCU FUTURE Act grant to support the college’s academic, administrative, and fiscal capacity. The total grant amount for the next fiscal year is $1,440,632.

TRIO programs

  • Palo Alto College has been selected to receive two separate funding grants under the TRIO talent search program. The total grant funds awarded for the five-year durations of the two grants is $2,773,750 and will help serve students at Somerset, South San and Southwest High Schools.
  • The Alamo College District has been selected to receive funding under the Educational Opportunity Centers Program which is a program under TRIO. The total funds awarded for this five-year grant program are $1,160,250.

national science foundation

  • St. Philip’s College was assigned a NSF-HBCU-UP grant to help support the implementation of their SURE Program (Scaffolding Undergraduate Research Experiences) which aims to increase research and internship experiences for STEM students and facilitate the transfer of students from community colleges to universities. The total amount of the grant for the duration of four years is $1,249,995.
  • Palo Alto College was assigned a NSF-HSI STEM grant to launch their pilot program, the Virtual Experiential Learning Project (VELP). This pilot project will support increased institutional capacity by creating virtual career services and student support activities that specifically target Palo Alto College part-time students. The total amount of the grant for the duration of two years is $200,000.

Access to child care means the Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS)

  • Palo Alto College and San Antonio College have received grants under the CCAMPIS program for the next four years. The colleges receive $620,860 and $1,245,728 respectively to help support the attendance of low-income parents in college through the availability of on-campus child care.

National Security Agency – GenCyber ​​Middle School & High School Teachers Camp

  • St. Philip’s College received a grant in the amount of $143,370 for GenCyber ​​Teacher Camps, which provide a comprehensive learning experience based on GenCyber ​​cybersecurity concepts and/or first principles, ethics and online safety.

United States Department of Justice – Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Harassment on Campus (Campus Program)

  • The Alamo College District has been selected to receive funding under this program in the amount of $300,000 for a three-year grant term to assist with programming and services aimed at preventing and responding to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and harassment. This grant is on a three-year cycle.

For more information on federal grants received by each of our Alamo colleges, please visit:

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

San Antonio College

St. Philip’s College


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