Joe LaMantia, Jr.
From the humble beginning of holding fundraising events in a warehouse, Stars Scholarship Fund is proud to begin its 16th year serving the students from our community.
Last year, through our thirty counties, we awarded over $1.7 million to 893 students. We could not have accomplished this without the dedication of our generous donors and personal dedication of our board of directors, volunteers and staff.
Today our organization is faced with many difficult challenges. Many of our potential donors are facing a difficult business environment, donors must be selective of where they invest their funds and students are struggling with ever increasing tuition costs.
However, as we face these challenges, we realize that our work is more important now than ever before.
The fact remains that even though more Hispanics are getting a post-secondary education than ever before, Hispanics still lag other groups in obtaining a four-year degree. It is estimated in 2017, among Hispanic Texans ages 25 and older, just 13.8% of Hispanics held a bachelor’s degree or higher.
In addition, the Texas border region populations are characterized by high rates of poverty, 29.8% of border residents are below the poverty level, compared to only 16.4% of Texas non-border residents.
A college education is an extraordinarily profitable investment in not only the individual but to our community. Many studies show that, compared to high-school graduates, college graduates have greater economic stability and security and greater community service and leadership.
Despite these challenges, we are proud of the fact that our organization continues our mission of assisting students from our community obtain a higher education. Stars Scholarship Fund continues to be recognized as one of the most trusted scholarship organizations in our community.
Supporting Stars Scholarship Fund is a worthy investment for you and for our community.
Joe LaMantia, Jr.
Board Chairman and Founder