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La Prensa Dedicates $10,000 to A&M-San Antonio Foundation

By Michelle Tymrak and Yesenia Camacho

During a ceremony held at TAMU-SA’s main campus at 1450 Gillette Blvd., Tino Duran, co-founder of La Prensa Foundation,  presented a $10,000 check for scholarships to A&M-San Antonio President Maria Hernandez Ferrier.

La Prensa Foundation’s check will be used to provide scholarships directly to students at TAMU-SA and in turn increase the foundation’s potential to assist university students.

Richard Delgado, Student Government Association president spoke on behalf of the student body. “Thank you for your generosity.  The token of your gift will help the lives of students to come.”

The ceremony was small and personal, with approximately 40 attendees gathered in the Student Center.

“We’re hoping to create a long standing relationship with Texas A&M-San Antonio,”  said Nina Duran, co-editor of La Prensa and daughter of Tino and Millie Duran.

Tino Duran shared stories from his own background to connect with students in the audience.

Duran originally wanted to be a psychiatrist. However, while studying at San Antonio College he felt that he had a different calling.  “I think the Lord wants me to get in to journalism,” he said.

Earlier in his professional career, Duran worked two jobs, attended school, and provided for his wife and three children.  When times got tough, his wife Millie  would encourage him to continue working and not give up.  Duran shared this story hoping to inspire students.

“The best blessings I feel is when I write checks for scholarships.  When you keep all the money to yourself, God doesn’t like that,” Duran said.

Today, Tino Duran is the owner and publisher of La Prensa, a San Antonio bilingual and independently owned newspaper. The foundation abides by extending financial assistance to students in need.

Thirteen yeas ago, Millie Duran collaborated with her husband Tino and started the La Prensa Foundation.   Since then, the foundation has donated $2.3 million to support education.

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