(Aug. 12, 2015) -- Meet Rebecca Salinas ’00, ’11. This alumna was born to be a teacher and raised to give back to her community. Now, she and her family are honoring her mother’s memory and her love of education with a new scholarship.
“Growing up, I was constantly imitating my teachers,” said Salinas, who’s taught in public and private schools for nine years. “There was never any other profession that I wanted to pursue. I have a real passion for helping others.”
The importance of this, she said, was a lesson she learned at a young age from her late mother, Angie Martinez.
In 2008, the same year Salinas’ mother was diagnosed with cancer, Salinas returned to UTSA to earn her master’s degree in education. Her mother died two years after her diagnosis. During that time, Martinez never stopped helping the community or encouraging her family to do the same.
“When my mom was first diagnosed with cancer, she made it a point to make sure that we kept helping people and giving back,” Salinas said.
This spring, Salinas established the Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship at UTSA in her mother’s memory. The scholarship provides $2,000 to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies and certification in early childhood education. Twenty-one students applied to the scholarship this spring; five students were selected for the scholarship.
"With the scholarship, I hope to give the recipients the same opportunities I had as a student,” Salinas said. “I worked full-time while I was in school, so I am hoping the scholarship will take off some of that monetary pressure and help out with any financial need.”
Salinas and her husband, Martin Salinas ’94, also have a scholarship in the College of Business in honor of her husband’s grandparents, the Jesus Rodriguez and Lorenzo Salinas Endowed Fellowship.
“Education is just something we strongly believe in and we are big UTSA people,” Salinas said. “I am hoping to see our new scholarship grow a little bit more each year.”
The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives hosts this free breakfast to kick off a new school year and a new opportunity to volunteer at mentoring organizations in our community.
Whataburger, 8680 Fourwinds Dr., San Antonio
As part of the International Cooking Series, the experts in the UTSA Demo Kitchen will show you how to make this stuffed bread Latin dish. Register for this cooking demo here.
Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen, Main Campus
UTSA's annual sustainability festival, showcases the university’s and the City of San Antonio’s progress on researching and developing sustainable solutions to improve the quality life for future generations.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The institute will feature a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion.” Manuel Medrano will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. Two people receive free admission with a voucher available here.
Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Get involved and register to vote. Click on the link to find out the locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses.
Multiple locations on the Main and Downtown Campuses
Learn about products and services available for studying, working, and making it to graduation! Speak directly to OIT managers, provide feedback on UTSA tech, and have your voice heard! Lunch and OIT gear provided. RSVP at: www.utsa.edu/oit/sic.
University Center, Denman Ballroom (2.01.28), Main Campus
Come meet the candidates looking to take home the crown as Mr. and Ms. UTSA 2017-2018. This is your opportunity to hear the candidates platform and learn how they plan to represent and transform UTSA.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA's Friends of Shakespeare hosts this annual performance seried by Actors from the London Stage, Sept. 27, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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