On May 3, 2016, The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted a centennial celebration to commemorate the life of Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, a social pioneer and legendary public servant who stood for education, inclusivity, equality, honesty, respect, and community pride. As a continuation of this remembrance, the Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Scholarship Fund has been established. It recognizes the Congressman’s many contributions to politics and policy as an elected representative to the San Antonio City Council, Texas State Legislature, and United States Congress. We are honored that the Gonzalez family is partnering with the UTSA College of Public Policy to launch this prestigious award, the first scholarship in San Antonio dedicated to his memory.
Born on May 3, 1916, Congressman Gonzalez grew up in San Antonio’s Westside community on Upson Street, a few blocks north of downtown, and close to the current UTSA Downtown Campus. With the value of education instilled in him by his parents, Mr. Gonzalez attended Jefferson High School, San Antonio College, University of Texas at Austin, and St. Mary’s University Law School, becoming a trailblazer who left a lasting impact on his local, state, and national community.
The Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Scholarship will be awarded based on merit and need to students enrolled in one of the College of Public Policy’s undergraduate academic majors—criminal justice and public administration. Preference will be given to transfer students from the Alamo Colleges. The fund will support UTSA students in successfully fulfilling their academic and professional goals in a timely manner. Upon graduation, they will be prepared to strengthen society by advancing public policy and practice within diverse local and global communities.
How Can I Help?
Your support will help achieve the $25,000 goal so that Congressman Gonzalez will be memorialized in perpetuity. To kick off the funding campaign, the College of Public Policy has committed $5,000. You may make a tax-deductible contribution towards the HBG Centennial Scholarship Fund below. You may also send a check (payable to UTSA) to:
UTSA - External Relations
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio TX 78249
For more information about the fund or to learn how you can get involved, please contact Michelle Skidmore, at Michelle.Skidmore@utsa.edu or 210-458-3213. We look forward to hearing from you!