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Baseball Pitcher Graduated!

This baseball pitcher from Holy Cross High School had colleges
from across the country trying to entice him to come to their
school. Clocked at 87 mph during his senior year, Wyatt worked
hard to refine his baseball skills. But he worked harder at
something else….his studies. This allowed him to graduate from
high school as the valedictorian of his class! In athletic scholarship
offers there was always a financial gap between the scholarship
dollars and the cost. Trinidad knew that his family had fallen on
hard times so he elected to forego baseball and the intrigue of
playing at the collegiate level and exercise his other option. As
valedictorian he could attend any Texas State school at no cost. So
he chose Texas A&M and has graduated as a very proud “Aggie
with a degree in History and a minor in coaching. Wyatt isn’t done
as he plans to seek his doctorate degree in Education.
AQUAS is so proud to have been able to work with these three
students and we wish them well in the future.

More Success Stories, meet Davante!


A basketball player from San Antonio’s East Central High School that stood tall on his team,
Davante Wilson stood even taller in the class room. In high school he won the Yale Book Club Award
and secured a prominent role in his college recruitment process. He was sought after nationally by
high academic schools and Texas- Commerce offered him a full ride to attend their school. However,
Devante never let go of the fact that his mother had sacrificed so much for him and raising him to
the young man he had become that he wanted to pay back by remaining close to his home where he
could help. The University of Texas at San Antonio selected Wilson as a recipient of one of their
academic scholarships and that is where he spent the next four years. His Bachelor of Science
Degree with Highest Honors is the prize that he received for his hard work.

Erinn Stippich AQUAS GRAD!

Erinn came to AQUAS as a star volleyball player from New Braunfels Canyon High School. She started
her college career with academic and need-based scholarship money from Schriener University in
Kerrville, Texas. After her early years at Schreiner it became evident to Erinn that there was not
enough money to cover the gap between scholarship funds and school costs. So Erinn went to work!
This dedicated young lady with the grit and determination to get her degree, pressed on. She
transferred to Texas State University and received her diploma from that institution. We look
forward to seeing what is next for this dynamic person but whatever path she choses in life she is
sure to succeed.

AQUAS GRAD!

Saturday I had the distinct privilege of attending the graduation of one of our AQUAS scholar athletes from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Jeanette Berlanga accomplished the unbelievable task of going 2000 miles from home, leaving her loving family of Mom and three siblings, and matriculating at a high academic institution where she knew no one. Through grit and determination and always keeping the prize of a college diploma in sight Jeanette overcame, against all odds, and graduated in 4 years with a BA in Government. The impression that she made on the students and faculty of this renowned institution is evidenced by the F&M president that requested permission to include Jeanette’s story in the book that he is writing and the gesture that the college has made by sponsoring her on a trip to Africa which she left on today. She has set law school as her next goal. We have not heard the last from this young woman. AQUAS Is so proud.

New Addition To The Aquas Athletes!

Borjon has chosen to attend the University of Dallas (UD) in the fall of 2017.  She will be seeking her degree in nursing.  UD is a small Catholic institution with an undergraduate enrollment of about 1300 students.  It is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Being a Division III school, there was no athletic money that Madilyne could receive but she still is receiving a substantial scholarship award based on her academics, leadership and financial need.  The Head Basketball Coach at Dallas, Greta Grothe, said that they are truly excited that Madilyne has chosen the University of Dallas.  She mentioned her awareness of Borjon’s perimeter shooting skills and said, “With her hard work ethic I can see her transitioning her game to the collegiate level.”

 

The KIPP Athletic Director, Travis Boubel, contacted the CEO of AQUAS, Colonel Hugh Mulligan, in the spring of 2016 and said that he had someone special he wanted to talk about as a potential AQUAS candidate.  AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is identifying underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated high academic performance.  These students may not have received much national visibility for a number of reasons; thus college coaches may not aware of their skills.  AQUAS overcomes that problem as it puts these selected students in front of collegiate athletic departments until the right academic and athletic matches are found.

“Well, special indeed,” Mulligan recalls, “When I first met Maddie, I was so impressed with her dedication to her studies at KIPP and her desire to go on to attain a college education.  She has already endured a lot of hardship in her young life but exhibits the true meaning of respect for everyone she comes in contact with.  And then I saw her play…a scoring machine.”  

In the summer of 2016 Maddie was invited to participate in the San Antonio Spurs Advanced Skills Camp where she was the only female amongst 44 other invitees. 

Once Borjon had met the AQUAS Selection Committee, the Chair of that Committee, Lorena Contreras, notified Maddie of her unanimous selection.

42nd Student Selected As An Aquas Scholar Athlete

NEISD STEM Academy Student & Lee HS Football Player Selected for Honor

             Douglas Karam

San Antonio, Texas – April 8, 2017 – Douglas Karam, a junior Lee HS football player from the NEISD STEM Academy has been selected as an AQUAS (Assistance for Qualified Underprivileged Athletic Scholars) scholar-athlete.   Karam becomes the 42nd student to receive this honor since 2009.

AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is identifying underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated high academic performance.  These students may not have received much national visibility for a number of reasons; thus college coaches are not aware of their skills.  AQUAS overcomes that problem as it puts these selected students in front of collegiate athletic departments until the right academic and athletic matches are found and some financial support from the gaining university has been secured.

Douglas Karam is a young man determined to give back to the community.  Through the National Honor Society in his school, he has been active in multiple food drives, veteran parade flag planting, and Christmas caroling during the season.  This “paying forward” philosophy originates with his family as Doug and his father continually visit the SAMM shelter and different food processors in the Alamo City to obtain resources to help feed the hungry.

Academically Karam exhibits why he is at the STEM Academy.  He is carrying a weighted 114 GPA and is in the top 15% of his class.   His dream is to attend the Air Force Academy and then to go on to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Probably one of the smallest lineman in NEISD District 26-6A, this hard fighting and determined football player has proven himself over his young career and this past year attained All-District honors in a very tough district.

The Chair of the AQUAS Selection Committee, Lorena Contreras, was impressed with Karam’s maturity.  “Douglas is so focused on his goals,” Contreras remarked, “that he leaves little doubt that he will accomplish all that he sets out to do.”  Col. Hugh Mulligan, CEO and Founder of AQUAS, states, “Just sitting and talking to this young person, you soon become aware that you are in the presence of a teen-ager who is mature beyond his years.  His family, his school, his team can all stand proud that Douglas Karam is representing all of you with such integrity.”

Contact at AQUAS

Hugh F. Mulligan

210 912-7827

aquas-us.org

 

PGA Valero Texas Open!

The Valero Texas Open (VTO) is upon us and players will be teeing off on April 20th! This year AQUAS has been invited to participate in their fund raising effort…Birdies for Charity.

We invite you to support AQUAS through Birdies for Charity®, an exciting fundraising program linked to the Valero Texas Open, the 3rd oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule. Our fundraising goal from Birdies for Charity is $25,000 and your contribution will get us off to a great start.

Who is Aquas…

AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to identify, sponsor and mentor underprivileged high school scholar-athletes with the goal of securing academic and/or athletic scholarships so they can realize their dream of a college education. Since its inception in 2009, AQUAS has helped 42 students receive more than $6,000,000 in scholarship offers – all for just $2,500 per student. A donation of $2500 per student enables AQUAS to promote an underprivileged athletic student successfully, helping each one secure the scholarship monies necessary to achieve a college education.

How AQUAS will benefit…
We will receive 100% of every penny we raise through Birdies for Charity. This money will be totally dedicated to finding our selected scholar athletes financial support so that they can realize their dream of earning a college degree. If we reach our goal here it means we can enroll 10 more students in the AQUAS program. Depending on how well we do, we can earn additional “Bonus Money” provided by the Valero Texas Open. They even provide a 7% match to make your donation even grow further!

How Birdies for Charity works…

You can make a minimum pledge of one penny or more per birdie. The value of your pledge is based on the number of birdies made during the Valero Texas Open. Or you can make a flat contribution; with $20 being the suggested minimum – but any amount is welcomed and appreciated. Your company can also contribute using the same method. Any individual or corporation that donates $1,000+ or pledges $.75+ per birdie becomes a member of a special Birdies Club and gets 4 Good Any One Day general admission tickets to the tournament and recognized on a sponsor sign displayed in the Gatorade Fan Fest during tournament week.

You can make your donation or pledge on-line by going to:

https://events.r2it.com/birdies/r.aspx?site=ValeroTexasOpen&charity=AQUAS

– You can make a contribution online today

– Or you can make your commitment today and after the tournament, Valero Texas Open will bill you in May for the amount of your commitment.

“Guess the Birdies” and a Stay-and-Play Package could be yours…

To add sizzle to the program, you can guess how many birdies will be made during the Valero Texas Open. If your guess is correct, you could win a Stay-and Play Package to JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country and TPC San Antonio. In the event of a tie, a tie- breaker event will determine the winner. And if no one guesses correctly, the computer will randomly select a winner… and it may just pick your name!

Attend the Valero Texas Open to Help Us Win $20,000!…

All donors from the Birdies for Charity program that attend the Valero Texas Open and check-in at the Donation Station at the main entrance will automatically be entered into a drawing. If your name is drawn as the winner, our charity will win $20,000! If you attend all four days, you get four entries. And if you help us win the $20,000 donation, you will also receive a cool prize from the Valero Texas Open!! The dates of the tournament at the TPC San Antonio course are April 20 – 23 2017 but you can donate RIGHT NOW.

How YOU will make an impact…

Through private donors like you, in the past five years we have secured $100,000+. As a result our students have received over $6 million offers of scholarships. Currently 42 scholar athletes are in or through the AQUAS Program. Since our costs are $2500/student, the return on investment here is remarkable.

Again, to donate, go this address:

https://events.r2it.com/birdies/r.aspx?site=ValeroTexasOpen&charity=AQUAS

Thank you in advance for your support!

Hugh F. Mulligan

COL USAF Ret

Founder & CEO

ATTENTION: Marathoners, Runners, Walkers and Crawlers!

Okay all you marathoners, runners, walkers, crawlers, athletes, non-athletes, wannabes….here is a chance to help AQUAS out. Sign up for the 1 mile, 5K, 10K run/walk. Bring husbands, wives, children and make it a family affair!

Be sure that when you sign up you designate that you are running for AQUAS!

We’ll meet you at the start line on Saturday, April 15th before 9am.

Questions: Call us at 210-912-7827

Press Release: Antonian Prep Basketball Star Commits to Schreiner

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San Antonio, Texas – May 30, 2016 – Kayla Alvarado, a senior basketball player from Antonian Prep and an AQUAS scholar-athlete, has committed to attend Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas next year where she will be able to play her sport at the collegiate level. Kayla will be pursuing her degree with a major in biology.

Capt. Charles Schreiner, a former Texas Ranger and Hill country rancher founded Schreiner in 1923. Originally a boys’ school, it became coeducational in 1971. A junior college in those years. Schreiner strengthened its collegiate program and became a four-year institution in 1981 and graduated their first baccalaureate class three years later; and is now considered one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the Western United States. Kayla feels that this is where she can get the education to fulfill her dream of helping others after receiving the degree, which will lead her to becoming a professional in the medical career field.
The college competes in intercollegiate sports at the Division-III level; thus, no athletic scholarships were available. Alvarado’s financial package is based on her academics, FAFSA, and need-based awards. She maintained a 3.53 GPA while at Antonian Prep and her 21 ACT score assures her NCAA eligibility.AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is identifying underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated high academic performance. These students may not have received much national visibility for a number of reasons; thus college coaches are not aware of their skills. AQUAS overcomes that problem as it puts these selected students in front of collegiate athletic departments across the nation until the right academic and athletic matches are found and some financial support from the gaining university has been secured.

AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is identifying underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated high academic performance. These students may not have received much national visibility for a number of reasons; thus college coaches are not aware of their skills. AQUAS overcomes that problem as it puts these selected students in front of collegiate athletic departments across the nation until the right academic and athletic matches are found and some financial support from the gaining university has been secured.“This is a very hard-working young lady,” commented AQUAS CEO

“This is a very hard-working young lady,” commented AQUAS CEO Colonel Hugh Mulligan. “Over the two years that we have been working with Kayla, she has always been proactive, responsive, strong willed and determined to get to college. While basketball is her passion, don’t be surprised if you see her name mentioned in the softball scorebook at Schreiner as this multi-talented athlete is also an outstanding softball player.”

Contact at AQUAS: Hugh F. Mulligan 210 912-7827 aquas-us.org

Big Give SA & AQUAS

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Remember, Tomorrow is our Big Give Day
Starting at Midnight Tonight
Please Don’t Forget Us!
We Need your Help!

Seven years ago the non-profit organization Assistance for Qualified Underprivileged Athletic Scholars (AQUAS) set out on its mission to identify, sponsor and mentor high school athletic scholars to maximize their eligibility for academic/athletic scholarships so that they could attain a college education.

To date:

  • 37 students are in or through the AQUAS program
  • AQUAS costs per student = $2,500
  • Over $5.5 Million in College scholarship dollars offered to AQUAS selectees 
  • No costs to student or family
  • All AQUAS staff un-paid volunteers

 $70,000 in private donations raised over 7 years and now we need donations to cover more children.  Our goal is to send 100 additional children to college by 2020 at a cost of $250,000.

 On May 3, 2016 the Big Give Day San Antonio starts at 12:01 am and runs until 11:59 pm.  Please mark that day on your calendar and make a donation.  Ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred dollars or sponsor a student for $2500.   It’s easy; on May 3 just go to the following link:

https://thebiggivesa.org/npo/assistance-for-qualified-underprivileged-athletic-scholars

 and follow the directions to donate.
Hugh F. Mulligan
COL USAF Ret
CEO

Assistance for Qualified Underprivileged Athletic Scholars
(210) 912-7827

Destiny Castro Earns Class Leadership Award!

Destiny CastroHow about this award for our freshman AQUAS Scholar-Athlete.  So proud of this young lady! Well done Destiny!

Destiny Castro is a senior soccer player from KIPP University Prep and an AQUAS scholar-athlete at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. Castro is pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

Destiny

KIPP University Prep Scholar and Athlete Commits to Lycoming College – Cristian Alvarez

San Antonio, Texas – June 11, 2015 – Cristian Alvarez, a senior soccer player from KIPP University Prep and an AQUAS scholar-­‐athlete, has committed to play his sport while he studies for his degree at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Alvarez aspires ultimately to get his degree in Engineering.

A private coeducational liberal arts college, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in America, having been founded in 1812. In 2013 Forbes ranked Lycoming in the top 12% of private colleges and universities for financial strength and operational soundness. They continue to focus exclusively on undergraduate education and are very selective in their admissions criteria.

The President of Lycoming, Dr. Kent Trachte, recently formed a partnership with KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools nationwide to increase college completion rates for the underserved KIPP students. “I am delighted that Lycoming College has become part of the KIPP Through College community,” Trachte said. “Through this relationship, Lycoming will recruit, educate and launch the careers of the most talented students in the country.”

Athletically, Lycoming, known as the Warriors, is an NCAA Division III school and competes in the Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference. Since Lycoming is a D-­‐III college, no athletic scholarships are awarded. However, due to Alvarez’s exceptional academic performance at KIPP, he will be receiving significant academic scholarship aid allowing him to attend the college.

A 501 (c)(3) non-­‐profit organization, AQUAS (Assistance for Qualified Underprivileged Athletic Students) identifies underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated high academic performance. Alvarez was selected as an AQUAS scholar-­athlete in 2014. A starter for Coach Travis Boubel at KIPP San Antonio, Alvarez has been selected as an All-­‐State performer following both his junior and senior seasons. “I have had the pleasure of working with this truly remarkable young man during his high school career,” Coach Bouble remarked. “He possesses a work ethic that is every coach’s dream,” he went on to say. Coach Nate Gibboney of Lycoming said, “We are truly excited that Cristian has decided to attend college here. From all I have heard, this is a very bright young man and a strong soccer player. Most importantly he will be receiving a strong collegiate education while playing the sport he loves”.

Much more than just a soccer player, Alvarez carried a 3.62 GPA and was in the top 5% of his class. A member of the National Honor Society, he maintained his high academic standing while taking 17 honors classes and playing a varsity sport. COL Hugh Mulligan, CEO of AQUAS noted, “It is not surprising that Cristian Alvarez has received such considerable financial support from Lycoming; after all, he is a product of KIPP! Coming from KIPP Univ Prep in San Antonio means that he possesses all the executive skills that will allow him to succeed in life. Now Dr. Trachte is making it possible for Alvarez to achieve a college education, which probably would not have happened without Lycoming’s help.”

Contact at AQUAS Hugh F. Mulligan (210-912-­7827)
http://aquas-us.org

 

Ashley Mason

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Sport: Volleyball
High School: Wagner – 2010
College: Texas Southern, Houston, Texas

Ashley Mason, a Senior at Wagner High School in Converse, TX became the third student athlete from the South Texas area to be selected to receive support from AQUAS. As a result, The College Promoters of Texas and AQUAS will be jointly promoting this outstanding young lady to college coaches throughout the United States.

Ashley, at 5′ 11″ in height, is a dominant Middle Blocker for the 5-A Wagner Thunderbirds. So far in 2009 Mason has helped put her team in the hunt for the District 27 title. With a 7′ 8″ standing reach and a 24″ vertical, Ashley has accumulated 17 solo blocks and 30 assisted blocks, to date, while her team has recorded a W16-L9 record. Her 14 service aces have contributed in a big way toward her team’s success.

Ashley Mason is not just volleyball! She is active in her school activities and her academic performance should result in receiving the attention from numerous college coaches. This bright young lady is a member of the National Honor Society and has 11 honors classes on her record. When taking the SAT during her junior year she had a 3-part score of 1550.

Again, the AQUAS Board feels very fortunate to have an enrollee that has the credentials of Ashley Mason and her characterisics that fit so well with the AQUAS ideals.

Maryn Swierc

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Sport: Volleyball
High School: Bracken Christian – 2010
College: Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Maryn Sweirc, a senior at Bracken Christian High School in Bulverde, Texas has been selected by Members of the Board of Advisors to receive support from AQUAS. This means that this outstanding young volleyball player’s athletic skills and academic achievments will be brought to the attention of every university in the country that has a volleyball program. This will be accomplished by The College Promoers of Texas (CPOTX) where Mary’s profile and video are on line (cpotx.com).

Maryn has recieved All-State honors in all her underclass years at Bracken and was also selected as a prestigious All-State Academician. Sporting a high ACT score on her first attempt at taking the test, it is easy to see why she is a member of the National Honor Society and President of her class.

This strong Setter and Outside Hitter on her team, Swierc is easy to notice on the volleyball court. She seems to be in the middle of every play and ranked is in the top 25 in the Kills category in San Antonio. On the court she is fearless as she roams the court in support of her team, whether in an offensive or defensive role. Maryn helped to lead her high school team to two state champioships.

Maryn Swierc was an easy choice for the Board. Aside from her athletic activities she gives back to her school and the community as a solid teenage citizen. She had accomplished so much in her young life and the university that she chooses to attend will be so fortunate to have her.

Misty Marri

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Sport: Softball
High School: St. Anthony’s – 2010
College: Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa

Misty Marrin, a catcher on the St. Anthony’s softball team was selected as the first student athlete to be enrolled in the AQUAS program. The basis for her selection was on her academic performance, athletic skills, leadership traits and contributions to her community.

Marrin’s high school coach, Ted Dromogule, had called AQUAS scouts attention to his senior catcher and based on his recommendation her play was observed. After being more than satisfied with Misty’s performance on the field, other aspects of this young lady’s life were evaluated and members of the Board of Advisors felt she was the ideal candidate for AQUAS sponsorship.

The next step in the process will allow colleges to evaluate Misty’s credentials both academically and athletically. The College Promoters of Texas (CPOTX) have been hired to use their top ranked communication technology skills to let every college softball coach in the country know about the drive and dedication of this student athlete. Marrin’s profile is currently displayed on the web site cpotx.com along with her hi-light video.

Misty Marrin should be commended for a job well done as we help her and her family identify the academic and athletic match for her future.

Bayer Tosses a Three Hit Shutout as #1 West Texas A&M Lady Buffs Rout Colorado Mesa Mavericks, 8-0

ToriBayerAquasScholarTUCSON, ARIZONA—February 7, 2015– West Texas A&M junior right hander and AQUAS scholar-athlete Tori Bayer tossed a three hit shutout to lift the defending NCAA Division II National Champions to an 8-0 run-rule victory over Colorado Mesa in six innings.

A native of Floresville, Texas, Tori picked up the win while yielding no runs, on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in her complete game shutout.

The win lifts Tori into a tie for 8th place all-time in the West Texas record books in career wins with 13.

CONGRATULATIONS TORI, everyone is so proud of you!

ToriBayer

Fred Stuhr Accepts Position on AQUAS Board of Directors

 

fredCharleston, SC – June 16, 2014 – The Assistance for Qualified Undergraduate Athletic Students (AQUAS) is pleased to announce that Fred Stuhr has agreed to serve on the AQUAS Board of Directors and help direct the establishment of this charity in the area. Fred is a native Charlestonian whose family has been in the funeral business in Charleston since 1865. He was educated in the public schools of Charleston and graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1955. In high school Fred lettered in football, basketball and swimming. He went on to
enroll at The Citadel, where he was a Cadet Platoon Leader, Swim Team Captain and was the Southern Conference backstroke champion in 1958. Graduating from The Citadel with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he went on to serve three years in the Air Force as a lieutenant in special weapons development and test.

Fred’s civilian career was with NASA/Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He took a leave of absence and went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He retired from NASA as Deputy Manager of the Radar Science and Engineering Section in 2004 and returned home to Charleston, where he now resides on Wadmalaw Island.

For the last four years Fred has served as a volunteer with the Charleston Community in Schools program, which has as its mission both reducing the dropout rate and supporting
educational success. He has served as a math tutor and mentor at St. John’s High School, which has a heavily minority and low- income student body.

AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency registered in the State of South Carolina. Its mission is to identify undeserved high school students who have demonstrated high academic performance and have been playing a sport at the varsity level. The AQUAS scholar-athletes may not have received much national visibility for a number of reasons; consequently college coaches are not aware of their skills. AQUAS overcomes that problem as it puts these
selected students in front of collegiate athletic departments throughout the nation until the right academic and athletic match has been found. There is no charge for this service.

COL Hugh F. Mulligan, CEO of AQUAS, commented, “We are so excited that Fred Stuhr has agreed to join our team as we expand into the tri-county area. He knows Charleston and the Low Country and its people; he knows the school system; he appreciates the need for higher education; and, most importantly, he shares the passion for helping students who didn’t believe there was any way to get to college, thereby realizing their dream. Fred is not a person who stands around and watches, Mulligan said, but a man of action. He was a leader at The Citadel and his determination to find and help the scholar-athletes in Charleston are on his agenda.”

Fred can be reached by e-mail at: fstuhr@bellsouth.net or by phone at (843) 559-3342.

San Antonio STARS and AQUAS Partner to Help Young Scholar-­‐ Athletes

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San Antonio, Texas – May 17, 2014 – The San Antonio Stars of the WNBA have partnered with AQUAS to help young scholar-­‐athletes get into college and earn their degree.

AQUAS (Assistance for Qualified Undergraduate Athletic Students) is a 501 (c)(3) non-­‐profit organization that identifies underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated that, aside from their athletic skills, they have excelled in their academic pursuits and are giving back to their community as volunteers. Once a student-­‐ athlete is accepted into the AQUAS program, profiles and videos are developed and then distributed to college coaches throughout the U.S. Subsequently when an academic and athletic match has been realized, the student and family can expect financial support from

the gaining university. In addition, personal guidance is provided to each student regarding the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA systems and the steps necessary in the recruitment process to maximize their eligibility for academic/athletic scholarships.

The San Antonio Stars of the WNBA are one of four professional sport franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SS&E) – the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Rampage (AHL) and the Austin Toros (NBA Development League) – and play their home games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center. The 2014 season will mark the team’s 12th year in San Antonio as the Utah Starzz relocated to the Alamo City in 2003. In operation since 1997, the WNBA – which features 12 teams – is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world.

On June 7th at 7 pm when the San Antonio Stars host the Phoenix Mercury, AQUAS will be the non-­‐profit organization featured in the theme, “Stars Shine for a Cause.”

*Portions of tickets purchased through AQUAS will be donated to support students with the education they deserve*

TICKET ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 30, 2014
Order Online: http://tinyurl.com/2014AQUAS
Special Offer Code: STARS

Contact at SA STARS:
Yolanda Rodgers
210.444.5658
yrodgers@attcenter.com

KIPP University Prep Soccer Star Commits to Rosemont College – Destiny Castro

PressreleasedestinySan Antonio, Texas – May 15, 2014 – Destiny Castro, a senior soccer player from KIPP University Prep and an AQUAS scholar-athlete, has committed to play her sport while she studies for her degree at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. Castro plans to get her degree in Business Administration.

Rosemont College is a private coeducational Catholic liberal arts college in southeastern Pennsylvania. The College has developed inter-institutional agreements with several area universities, including Villanova, which allows for cross-registration and the sharing of library resources between the institutions. Rosemont also offers an early-assurance medical program and other Nursing Programs with Drexel University College of Medicine.

 

Bracken Christian Volleyball Star Commits to Sewanee Karagan Day

karagandaypressSan Antonio, Texas – April 24, 2014 – Karagan Day, a senior volleyball player from Bracken Christian High School, has committed to play her sport next year at Sewanee, The University of the South. Karagan plans to be a Pre-Med major as she hopes to enter the medical field for her career following graduation from Sewanee. Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. With an undergraduate enrollment of 1500 students, Sewanee boasts 26 Rhodes Scholars amongst its graduates over the years.

The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. The college is located on a 13,000-acre tract of land between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Athletically the Sewanee Tigers compete in the Southern Athletic Association.

Since Sewanee is an NCAA Division III college no athletic scholarships are awarded. However, due to Karagan’s exceptional academic performance at Bracken Christian she received significant scholarship awards from Sewanee. Earlier Karagan was selected as an AQUAS scholar-athlete and the CEO of AQUAS, COL Hugh Mulligan, commented that Karagan’s very high score on the ACT exam along with her outstanding volleyball skills resulted in 45 colleges showing an interest in her. Karagan is excited about going to Sewanee and will be reporting there as an athlete on August 17, 2014. With her academics rating as a priority and her passion and dedication to play volleyball for Head Coach Shawna Laurendine, Karagan also plans to immerse herself in other activities at her college. AQUAS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is identifying underserved high school athletes who have demonstrated high academic performance. These students may not have received much national visibility for a number of reasons; thus college coaches are not aware of their skills. AQUAS overcomes that problem as it puts these selected students in front of collegiate athletic departments until the right academic and athletic matches are found.

Contact at AQUAS Hugh F. Mulligan 210 912-7827 aquas-us.org

Karragan Day Commitment Press Release