Austin Capital Area Scholarships (ACAS) is a non-profit, local community organization dedicated to help students with college financial costs thru scholarships.
ACAScholarships is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in Austin, Texas and is governed by a Board of Directors. The organization has a scholarship named the David Andrew Ramirez Scholarship. The scholarship has awarded over $55,000 in scholarships to outstanding Texas college students. Our scholarships can assist students with the cost of tuition, books and cost of living. The ACAScholarships recognizes and honors the academically talented college students.
From Our President:
For 6 years the Austin Capital Area Scholarship (ACAScholarship) and the Austin Capital Area CLC has recognized and honored academically talented students in the Austin area. The David Andrew Ramirez Scholarship Memorial Fund awards $1,000 Scholarships and it is matched dollar for dollar by the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium.
The scholarship fund was established after David Andrew Ramirez, one of our students, who passed away February 24, 2010. David excelled academically at St. Michael’s Academy, attended Colorado State University and was a successful business man. David’s family contributes a big part in our organization and we are proud to name the scholarship after an honored student and son.
The David Andrew Ramirez Scholarship honors students, with Hispanic background, who achieve high grades while attending college. Selection of the scholarship winners are selected by a committee. In addition, our organization continues to look at the future. We are in the process in creating new scholarships.
Fundraising is imperative to the continued growth of our scholarships. We have two very successful Charity Poker Tournaments every year (one in the spring and the other in the fall). Tournament raises over $7,000 each tournament and attendance is over 120 players per tournament. We are very thankful to our sponsors, our community and our poker players!
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Because our staff is comprised of volunteers, 100% of funds raised at ACA Scholarships charity poker tournaments go toward providing college scholarships to local kids.
David attended Colorado State University, later working for a law firm and eventually opening up a business with partners. Loved by many – known by many – in trying to find his place in life, David took time to help others find love and that ray of hope in life. Scholarships raised through this fundraiser are dedicated in his memory.
A little more about David…. David Andrew Ramirez attended high school at St. Michael’s Academy. He exemplified the spirit of the ACACLC organization by excelling in the programs being offered. ACACLC is funded by private contributions and fundraising activities. David helped with fundraising activities with such enthusiasm that motorists couldn’t help but make a donation even if they didn’t get a car wash. They simply liked David and this enthusiastic spirit.
In his freshman year, David participated in the debate leadership program held in Sherman, Texas and won the 1st Place trophy in the Mock Trial competition. The Austin Region won the Silver Cup for the overall competition.
The following year, he attended the Youth Legislative Session and ran for Governor. Although he was not elected as Governor, he won the position of Lieutenant Governor and found that the Lieutenant Governorship carries more authority and does more.
David came a long way from being a shy young man. He made many friends with whom he later stayed in touch. In his third and fourth year, he participated in the college preparatory program and the foreign language program in Monterrey, Mexico.
Through ACACLC, David was recruited by Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, where he attended college. He worked at a law firm and then opened a business with his friends called “Road 34″. He made many friends and enjoyed the Colorado Rockies and riding his Harley. He rode to Sturgis, South Dakota on his Harley every year with his friends and visited several countries overseas. He was an adventurer and enjoyed hunting and rafting. He loved his life and lived it to the fullest while all the time putting a smile on people and making lifetime friends. David passed away on February 24, 2010; he was 28 years old.
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