About La Prensa Foundation

Who We Are

La Prensa Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that provides scholarships to local college students and higher education institutions. La Prensa Foundation favors youth and young adults who are confronted with financial hardships or extenuating circumstances, with the desire and motivation to pursue their dreams of a higher education. La Prensa Foundation is a component of La Prensa de San Antonio, the only bilingual and family owned newspaper in the city.

Mission

Enhancing the lives of our youth by strengthening their minds with the power of education for a better tomorrow.

Vision

Our goal is to help needy students achieve their educational dreams by channeling the funds received from our sponsors towards their tuition.

 

Motto

Building Tomorrow’s Future

PEOPLE BEHIND LA PRENSA FOUNDATION

Board of Directors

Amelia Duran

Founder and Director

San Antonio native and Fox Tech graduate, Amelia Jimenez Duran, is the co-owner of La Prensa de San Antonio.

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San Antonio native and Fox Tech graduate, Amelia Jimenez Duran, is the co-owner of La Prensa de San Antonio. Every time Amelia saw people reading English newspapers she wondered what it would be like if San Antonio’s Hispanic community had its own publication to meet their needs. So she asked her husband, Tino Duran, to bring back to San Antonio the Spanish newspaper where her father and uncles had worked as typesetters and printers in the 1920’s thru 1950’s. In 1989 her wish was granted, La Prensa, after its 27-year hiatus was back on the newsstands.

Just six years later after La Prensa’s resurrection, Amelia officially established the La Prensa Foundation, once again, with the help of her husband. However, her generosity began well before the formal foundation. Since reinitiating the paper, Amelia always made certain La Prensa Newspaper gave back to the community by helping with projects, sponsorships, donations, scholarships, and feeding the homeless that gather underneath a downtown bridge. Whenever there was a great community need, Amelia made certain La Prensa participated. And if that weren’t enough, long before Amelia became co-owner of La Prensa, her love for children resulted in her fostering a total of 38 kids, which included neglected and abused neighborhood youth that were destitute.

Amelia’s philanthropic labor has not gone unseen. Among many awards and recognitions, such as the 1999 Hometown Hero Award presented by Time Warner Cable, the Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership Award in 2004, and the LULAC Recognition Award in 1996, to name a few, in 1998 she received the Yellow Rose of Texas award presented by then Governor George W. Bush.

Amelia Duran’s faith has given her the strength to become a survivor of cancer and multiple sclerosis. Her strength has given her the ability to help others and to accomplish her objectives. For Amelia, it’s a dream come true to be able to help so many students through La Prensa Foundation.

Steve Duran

Director

Steve Duran Sr. has worked at Alamo Colleges for over 14 year, where he has spent his time with workforce development.

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Steve A. Duran Sr. Has worked at Alamo Colleges for over 14 year, where he has spent the majority of his time with workforce development. His recent activities include president of a LULAC council, board member of the San Antonio Literary Council, board member of San Antonio Public Facilities Corp. and chairman of the board of the MAUC school district. He is also chairman of the board for the La Prensa Foundation that has awarded over 3,000,000 in scholarships in the San Antonio area.

For many years Steve has donated over $5,000 towards familes in need for Christmas and has been the local artist that created the fiesta poster for 'Pinatas in the Barrio.' Steve A.Duran Sr. was raised in San Antonio and has played a major role in developing the community.

Our History

Following La Prensa de San Antonio’s philosophy of “people helping people,” in 1995 co-publisher, Amelia J. Duran, established the foundation of the same name as an effort to provide students, who might otherwise not have the financial means, the opportunity to pursue their dreams of attaining a higher education. With a mere $1,000 initiating budget, now, thirteen years later, the foundation has raised an excess of 2 million dollars thanks to the help of corporate and individual contributions.

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Whenever Amelia “Millie” Duran saw people reading English newspapers, she wondered what it would be like if San Antonio’s Hispanic community had its own publication to meet their needs. In 1989 with the help of her husband, Tino Duran, La Prensa de San Antonio, was on the newsstands.

Soon La Prensa became the voice of Hispanics in San Antonio. Because the bilingual newspaper focused on positive and community based stories, many people began reverting to it for solutions. Always committed to helping their community, La Prensa provided assistance wherever there was a great need.

In particular, Amelia received a lot of requests from parents and students for financial assistance for school. And so, La Prensa became well known throughout the city for supporting education by sponsoring school sports teams, trips, and educational programs. Sometimes the monies would even come from Amelia’s own purse. In answer to this need in 1995 co-publisher, Amelia J. Duran, established the foundation of the same name as an effort to provide students, who might otherwise not have the financial means, the opportunity to pursue their dreams of attaining a higher education.

With the encouragement and support of her dear friend, Lu Betancourt, and a $1,000 starting budget, “Millie” began writing plea letters to possible sponsors. A year later, La Prensa Foundation’s held its first fundraiser Salute to Latina Women in Action. Few people attended the event, little did they know, it was the beginning of a tradition.

As the years progressed, the foundation became stronger and better structured. Its fundraisers little by little grew and became well known throughout the city with many recurring supporters. Now, thirteen years later, the foundation has raised and donated an excess of 2 million dollars. As for Millie, all she still wants is for “the foundation to be the one to open the door to anybody who wants a higher education when nobody else does.”