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STARS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Mcallen, TX   |  www.starsscholarship.org

Mission

Stars Scholarship Fund is dedicated to providing successful futures for local students. Stars Scholarship Fund was established to offer students an opportunity for advancement in higher education. Scholarships provide deserving students the ability to achieve success at the college or university of their choice.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Laura A Escamilla

Main address

3900 N McColl Rd.

Mcallen, TX 78501 USA

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Formerly known as

South Texas Academic Rising Scholars

EIN

43-1977563

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since our start in 2002, Stars Scholarship Fund has reviewed over 50,000 applications from students in our community seeking assistance to complete their education. We review each application one by one each year and we see students from diverse backgrounds; each individual with dreams and goals of their own. While each story is different, what is common across all applicants is a great need to help complete their education. The U.S. Department of Higher Education has aptly pointed out that “higher education is no longer a luxury for the privileged few, but a necessity for individual economic opportunity and America’s competitiveness in the global economy.” A college education remains the best investment a student can make in his or her future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarship Program

Stars Scholarship Fund sets out to help south and west Texas students obtain a higher education at the college or university of their choice.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stars Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to qualified, quality students from South and West Texas to attend the college or university of their choice.

Number of scholars who graduate from four year colleges and university within six years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of the scholarship recipients that were scheduled to graduate for the awarded academic year, 80% completed their degree program as scheduled

Number of high school graduates who are persisting in college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Recipients who have graduated from High School in the Spring of given year and were awarded a scholarship to attend an accredited college or university in the Fall of the same year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Stars Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students in our community through scholarship. Based in McAllen, Texas, Stars offers scholarships to students from south and west Texas who are dedicated to completing a degree at an accredited college or university.

Stars Scholarship Fund envisions a community where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by participating and succeeding in higher education. The Stars Scholarship Fund sees higher education as a catalyst for positive change, a force that can transform the lives of individuals and families and advance the economic and civic health of societies.

A community that truly recognizes the importance of higher education is one that ensures the doors to post-secondary opportunity are open to all who have the potential to succeed, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background or lack of resources.

1. Stars Scholarship Fund has the support of hundreds of local and national businesses, organizations and individuals annually.
2. Stars Scholarship Fund raises funds consistently throughout the year via four Extravaganza events, grant requests, Employee Giving programs and community partnerships.
3. Stars Scholarship Fund commits 100% of every dollar donated by sponsors (annual Extravaganzas) and by community donors to scholarships for the students of south and west Texas to attend the college of their choice.
4. In order to fully maximize our funds, Stars Scholarship Fund has established partnerships with Texas colleges and universities via Matching Funds Programs.
5. Stars Scholarship Fund sets aside funds to award scholarships via a General Fund Program, which offers students who do not attend one of our partner schools the opportunity to attend the school of their choice.
6. Stars Scholarship Fund criteria is such that our recipients represent academically talented and highly motivated students from our community.
7. Stars Scholarship Fund reviews and scores each applicant based on quantitative data obtained from the student's application records.
8. Stars Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students of every level of higher education and field of study who are committed to degree completion. We award students from our community of any gender, any ethnicity, any age, any religion and any background.

1. Operating expenses of Stars Scholarship Fund are underwritten by L&F Distributors and Anheuser-Busch allowing 100% of all donations and grant funding to be applied to scholarships.
2. Stars Scholarship Fund has established partnerships with 21 area colleges and universities via our Matching Funds Program. In this program, select schools agree to match a contribution from Stars to students from that particular school. Schools under the matching program represent Texas colleges and universities that service the students from our community.
3. Stars Scholarship Fund sets aside funds to award students through a General Program, where students who are not attending a matching school have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to the school of their choice.
4. Stars Scholarship Fund has as extensive marketing plan, with in-kind partnerships with media outlets in each market served and assistance by each matching college/university to reach eligible applicants and encourage them to apply for our scholarship opportunity.

1. Stars Scholarship Funds is able to provide 100% of funds raised to student scholarships.
2. Stars Scholarship Fund has 90% of funds matched by an institution of higher learning and has increased the number of partnerships each year.
3. Stars Scholarship Fund increases awareness for the scholarship program each year, this is reflected by the increase of applicants.
4. Stars Scholarship Fund has expanded from 22 counties served in south Texas at inception to an additional 9 counties served in west Texas to date.
5. Stars Scholarship Fund has developed a database that can assist in management of applicant files and information to assist us in better tracking progress and history of the organization.
1. Stars Scholarship Fund has further partnerships to explore with institutions of higher learning who serve students from our community.
2. Stars Scholarship Fund has yet to find substantial grant opportunities that are in line with our program.
3. Stars Scholarship Fund must further increase new sponsorship/donor funds.
4. Stars Scholarship Fund has not retained 100% of donors each year. We retain approximately 79% of donors.
5. Stars Scholarship Fund must find additional avenues to raise funds, in additional to the existing events and programs.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STARS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Joseph LaMantia

L&F Distributors

Term: 2002 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Greg LaMantia

L&F Distributors

Term: 2002 -

Kirby Cavin

Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLC

Gloria Hicks

Ed Hicks Imports

Tony LaMantia

L&F Distributors

Joe LaMantia

L&F Distributors

Val LaMantia Peisen

L&F Distributors

Steve LaMantia

L&F Distributors

Lisa M Peisen

L&F Distributors

Margarita Flores

IBC Bank

Richard E Dayoub

Thunderbird Management Consulting, LLC

Paul D Chapa

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data