SAN ANTONIO – A new scholarship aimed at attracting more African-Americans to the classroom will be offered at Texas A&M University San Antonio.
The scholarship will be funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas.
The scholarship is a partnership with My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Texas A&M San Antonio and St. Phillip’s College.
"We feel that all corners of our community need to reflect both our community’s diversity and our industry’s technology so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential and be an effective and contributing citizen," Mario Lozoya, director of government relations and external affairs for TMMTX, said at a news conference Tuesday.
The partners agreed the scholarship is badly needed because there is a severe lack of black men teaching in the classroom in San Antonio.
"Because of the community and political leaders leading this charge, opportunity exists. Opportunity for education, progress, forward thinking and action," TAMUSA President Cynthia Teniente-Matson said. "The support and provision of scholarships from local businesses such as Toyota will allow us to continue to make opportunity possible."