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Ajay Castro Scholarship

The San Antonio Chapter of the AWC Ajay Castro Scholarship will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Previous scholarships have ranged from $500 – $2,000.

The number of scholarships awarded varies each year. 2017 Ajay Scholarship Winners

Scholarship candidates must:


  • Be female and an undergraduate student majoring in a communications-related field, to include print or broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, or speech communication, such as public speaking, digital media, etc. 
  • Preference will be given to a re-entering student, defined as an individual enrolled in a college or university after a minimum three-year lapse from the time they graduated from high school or left the academic world. 
  • Be a high school graduate or earned a GED.
  • Meet at least a 2.0 GPA in all college work after the lapse.
  • Submit an essay "Why I am returning to school." The essay must clearly explain the lapse in education.

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 recipient is enrolled.

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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.
Ajay Castro

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.

San Antonio Area Foundation

The scholarship fund is managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation. You may donate online at or send your tax-deductible donation to:

San Antonio Area Foundation
Attn: Ajay Castro Scholarship
303 East Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, Texas 78215

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