Solano receives iHeartRadio scholarship
05.28.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez
The Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEFH) has awarded San Jacinto College student Anthony Solano a $2,000 scholarship.
Sponsored by iHeartRadio, the scholarship will go toward tuition and fees. This year, Solano transferred to the College from St. Edwards University in Austin.
“At first I tried to register at another local community college, but I felt like I was at the DPS,” said Solano. “My mom suggested I try registering at San Jacinto College, and what a difference that was. The staff was so friendly, and I learned a lot about the opportunities available to students here.”
Solano plans to transfer to the University of Houston to major in industrial engineering with a minor in marketing. In the future, he hopes to create a nonprofit foundation or public charity that focuses on education. Growing up, he remembered seeing the financial hardships his own family and friends went through. Then last year, after working as a third grade after school teacher for Foundation Communities, an organization that provides affordable, attractive housing for families and single adults, along with on-site educational, financial stability, and health support services, Solano realized he wanted to make an impact on accessible education for younger students.
“During my time at Foundation Communities, I saw how a family's financial status does indeed affect a child's education,” he said. “While teaching, I saw a lot of potential in them to become the next generation of teachers, engineers, lawyers, and public figures. However, most do not have the financial support to continue their dreams. As a result, I realized that helping students at an early age to receive a quality education, along with financial support throughout their college careers, would be a great investment in our future.”
Pictured above: Anthony Solano (center) with his parents Griselda Guadalupe Solano and Jose Guadalupe Solano.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.