Austin Capital Area Scholarships (ACAS) is a local community oriented organization dedicated to helping promote, develop and advance the communication and leadership skills of Austin area Hispanic youth.
ACAS is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in Austin, Texas and was incorporated on December 22, 1994, with the goal of promoting and enhancing the leadership abilities of Hispanic youth in the Austin and Round Rock area.
ACAS is governed by a board of directors which is open to parents of Hispanic youth that have participated or are participating in our programs. The Board of Directors are all volunteers willing to dedicate the time, interest and energy necessary to operate successful Hispanic youth development programs.
Who we are
Because our staff is comprised of volunteers, 100% of funds raised at ACAS 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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