Every year the San Antonio Education Partnership provides more than $2 million in needs-based scholarships and services to more than 30,000 students. These students are located within 25 target area high schools in 8 school districts through SAEP’s Road to Success program. We serve an additional 4,000+ students through cafécollege.

Formed in 1988, the San Antonio Education Partnership was created to address the issue of inadequate high school completion and performance rates by at-risk students in San Antonio. With a growing concern that a poorly educated workforce would severely limit the city’s economic prospects, San Antonio leaders from five major groups came together to create the Partnership. The five major groups include: The City of San Antonio; the corporate sector; local colleges and universities; schools and school districts; and, Communities Organized for Public Service (C.O.P.S.) and Metro Alliance, both local community organizations.

Our Success Stories:

  • We annually provide services to 34,000 middle and high school students, their families, former college students wishing to return to college, and adult learners. Most are first generation minority students.
  • We help 6,000 seniors complete and submit a college application annually.
  • We help 5,000 seniors complete and submit a financial aid application annually.
  • We awarded 3,607 scholarship recipients (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010).
  • We awarded $1.8 million in scholarships (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010).
  • We produced 3,391 confirmed college graduates (Spring 2010).

Since 1989, the underrepresented and underserved students in San Antonio have been given the opportunity and confidence by the San Antonio Education Partnership to experience the dream and success of attending and graduating from college.

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“SAEP gave me the encouragement and counseling I needed to help me reach my potential and finish college. I will always be grateful for the assistance they provided me.”

Mrs. Erica Castro, First Lady of San Antonio
Mrs. Erica Castro, First Lady of San Antonio

GEAR UP: A program formerly known as Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, GEAR UP will help provide a tight support network for all of San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) and Harlandale Independent School District (HISD) seventh-graders (Class of 2017). The program will include college readiness coaches, academic support with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, test preparation, mentoring, case management, parental engagement and college visits.


TG Grant: The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Program (TG) awarded the San Antonio Education Partnership $229,910 of funding through its Public Benefit Grant Program. The Partnership was one of 35 institutions and nonprofit organizations to receive a grant for 2011. TG is a public, nonprofit corporation that promotes educational access and success so that students can realize their college and career dreams.


TxCAN: In August 2011, the Texas High School Project (THSP) selected cafécollege as one of two pilot programs for the Texas College Access Network (TxCAN). THSP noted successful and effective collaborations already taking place in San Antonio under the leadership of Mayor Julian Castro, along with the work of the San Antonio Education Partnership, as major factors in the city’s selection for this statewide and national initiative. TxCAN is part of the National College Access Network (NCAN), created to establish a sustainable network of agencies and organizations working collaboratively to increase student access and success in postsecondary education.


Lumina Grant: In November 2011, the Lumina Foundation awarded the Partnership with a $600,000 four-year grant for a collaborative effort that will help increase college graduation rates among Hispanics. The Lumina Foundation is an Indianapolis-based private foundation, committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college-especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners.