Straight “A” Finalists Revealed!


Shannon Chambers and Rachel Hall!

2013 SA Winners

A main quality the Anthony Muñoz Foundation looks for when picking Straight “A” finalists is the intent or desire to overcome adversity. This year was very difficult to pick the two winners because each and every finalist was an incredible candidate with an incredible story to share. Listening to each of these kids speak was inspiring because they have already gone through so much at such a young age. What separates these 18 students from others is their ability to overcome such difficulties and not let it define them.

Below, Straight “A” winners Rachel Hall and Shannon Chambers talk about how they deal with their adversity:

“I want to remember the difficult times that I went through, not because I want to relive the pain but because I want to remember how I’ve come out stronger on the other side.” -Rachel Hall

“I have had some hardships, but they do not define me. They only strengthen me to be my best and reach my dream.” – Shannon Chambers

2013 SA Finalists

A big shout out to other 16 finalists as well! Having attended the luncheon myself and being able to hear them speak, I can say with certainty that each finalist will go on to do only great things. College is just the beginning of an incredible adventure they are about to embark.

When one door closes, another one opens. Now that the Straight “A” Scholarship has concluded, be sure to apply for our $20,000 scholarship, the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund! The deadline is April 30th, so make sure you send in your application soon! Click here to find the application.

To see photos from the 2013 Straight “A” Luncheon courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography click here!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

How Can $20,000 Positively Impact Your Life? Ask Alma!


The Scholarship Fund awards up to six high school seniors $20,000 towards their college education! This week, previous Scholarship Fund winner Alma Oñate will be guest blogging about her experience with the Foundation and how winning the Scholarship fund has affected her life so far! Lets see what she has to say:

“Experience with the Foundation”
“Winning the scholarship made such a positive impact, not only for my pocket, but also in my college experience overall.  It sounds like an exaggeration, but my life would be very different withouAlma Oñatet this scholarship. Although the process of applying and being interviewed can be daunting, there was never a moment during the process in which I felt intimidated.  Everyone I came in contact with during the process made me feel welcome and comfortable.  If I had to go through this process again, I would not hesitate one moment and I do not think anybody else should either. 

“Effect of the Scholarship”
The finances that this scholarship provided for me made college a possibility and it also allowed me to cover the costs of tuition, but most importantly it allowed me to concentrate fully on my academic work.  Furthermore, this scholarship allowed me to actually enjoy school.  Instead of having to take a full time job, I am able to participate in different activities and clubs that my school has to offer such as breast cancer research, Presidential Ambassadors, and the Honors program all of which have enriched my college experience.  

Alma Onate

“Why You Should Apply”
This is a wonderful opportunity not only to obtain funding for the most important investment that a person can make—education, but also an opportunity to obtain the best college experien
ce you can get by taking the mind away from the financial burdens and allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the college experience—which is as important as the academic part.  I urge anyone who qualifies to apply for this scholarship—it could make the difference between a mediocre job and your dreams come true.” ~ Alma 

April 30th is a little more than two weeks  away Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to continue your education at one of the great schools in the Tri-State area!

Click here to find the application!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern