The Puerto Rican Heritage Society, also known as Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña, is continuing its mission of promoting personal and career development for Puerto Ricans in San Antonio. On Saturday, May 6, 2023 the local non-profit organization held a luncheon and scholarship ceremony at Paesanos restaurant off Loop 1604.

They awarded $2,000 scholarships each to seven high school seniors, for a grand total of $14,000. It’s the first time in the organization’s history that this amount has been given in a single year. Six out of the seven scholarships were given to Puerto Rican students. The Hector Mendez Scholarship recipients include Alondra Nahir Acevedo, Charlie Carrasquillo, Imarie Isabelle Hernandez, Reese Esmeridan Saliceti, Miryzaid Santiago Maldonado and Wilzaid Santiago Maldonado. The Luz G. Amadeo Scholarship, which is awarded to a non-Puerto Rican student each year, was awarded to recipient, Kristan Rolando Rendon. Also for the first time, the non-profit donated scholarships to a set of twins — Miryzaid Santiago Maldonado and Wilzaid Santiago Maldonado.

The students, who attend different area high schools, will attend college in the fall to major in areas of studies including communications, law, nursing, civil engineering and more. The scholarships are given directly to students as opposed to their college, so each student can choose to spend the money where needed — whether it be on tuition, room and board, books or technology. The non-profit’s scholarship program relies on donations, which are accepted year-round by postal mail or online. The non-profit opens the scholarship application period during the fall semester of each school year and encourages other high school seniors to apply for the 2024 scholarship cycle.