The Ajay Castro Scholarship for Re-entering Women will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Previous scholarships have ranged from $500 – $2,000. The number of scholarships awarded varies each year.
Scholarship candidates must:
- Be a high school graduate or G.E.D. certified
- Be a female undergraduate student accepted at or enrolled in a Bexar County university, college or community college after a minimum three-year lapse from graduating high school or leaving the academic world
- Be planning a career in a communications-related field (print or broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, visual arts, etc.)
- Accept the award at the 2017 AWC Headliner Awards Brunch on Saturday, June 3, 2017
Awardees will be selected in April. The scholarship check will be sent by the San Antonio Area Foundation, administrator of the scholarship, to the college or university where the winner is enrolled.
The San Antonio Professional Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications Ajay Castro Scholarship was established in 1989, in honor of longtime member Ajay Castro, who served that year as National Professional Conference Chair. Castro, a former Women in Communications President and Headliner, focused on education during her long public relations career.
The late Audreyjane “Ajay” Castro was one of San Antonio’s leading communicators. To honor Ajay, the San Antonio Chapter of AWC established a special scholarship fund in her honor. Through the years, she demonstrated her professional expertise by serving as the public information officer for the city’s largest school district, playing a major role in the promotion of the Rivercenter and developing Ford Motor Company’s “Salute to Education.” At the same time, Ajay served on many nonprofit association boards and special event steering committees. Not only did she offer valuable insight to countless organizations, but she also offered advice, support and connections to two generations of women communicators. Of special interest to Ajay were those women who, like Ajay, left the work force to raise a family. Due to a lack of education or training, many of these women face additional challenges when trying to re-enter the work force.
The scholarship fund is managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation. You may donate online at www.saafdn.org or send your tax-deductible donation to: