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Young Women's Leadership Academy partners with San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame

HOF to provide scholarships, mentoring opportunities

The Young Women's Leadership Academy is partnering with the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame to help students as they prepare to make their mark on the world.

The YWLA, which is the city's first tuition-free, all girl's college preparatory school, will be receiving scholarships and mentoring opportunities from the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame inductees.

"We are going to act as mentors in the different professions. We're going to raise money for the scholarships and provide gap funding for those essential things like laptops or airline tickets," said Chris Alderete, San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame president.

Alderete said a total of up to $20,000 in scholarships will be made available to students in need.

This was promising news for students like Ashely Trevino, who plans to attend the prestigious Rochester University in New York.

"It's very stressful to think of how I'm going to make ends meet," said Trevino. "I can't believe that people in our community want to help us and they actually want to donate money to us and try and help our dreams come true."

About 71 percent of the students at YWLA are considered to be from low-income families, but that hasn't stopped their pursuit of a college education.

There are 28 graduating seniors and every one has been accepted into a four-year university.

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