Joe LaMantia, Jr.

From the humble beginning of holding fundraising events in a warehouse, Stars Scholarship Fund is proud to begin its 18th year serving the students from our community.

Last year, through our thirty counties, we awarded over $1.4 million to 712 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. In 2019, 40.1% of non-Hispanic whites age 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 33.2% in 2010. During the same period, the percentage of blacks age 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose from 19.8% to 26.1%; Asians from 52.4% to 58.1%; and Hispanics from 13.9% to 18.8%.

In addition, the Texas border region populations are characterized by high rates of poverty, 26.9% of border residents are below the poverty level, compared to only 13.6% 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.