Feria Para Aprender: The biggest Austin education event you’ve never heard of

Feria Para Aprender Austin

When I first heard about Feria Para Aprender, I was shocked. How is it that I don’t know about an education fair in Austin attended by 15,000 Spanish-speaking Austinites in its three years?

Am I the only one in Austin who didn’t know about this? Apparently it was brought to Austin Partners in Education by Hispanic leader Sylvia Acevedo, and it caught on like wildfire. Wow. Here’s some background about Feria from their Facebook page: (Become a FAN!)

Overview: Feria Para Aprender is an education fair for Spanish-speaking parents and students in the greater Austin community. This one-day event brings together over 75 non-profit organizations, school district departments and universities to spread the message that education is the key to economic prosperity.

strong>Mission: Over the last 3 years, Feria Para Aprender has reached over 15,000 Spanish-speaking parents and students by providing educational resources and materials entirely in Spanish. Feria Para Aprender has also raised awareness of the need for bilingual staff members in local non-profit organizations.

Feria Para Aprender spreads the “Para Una Buena Vida” message:

1. Graduate from high school and earn $1 million in your lifetime.
2. Graduate from college and earn an additional $1 million in your lifetime.
3. Learning English and Spanish fluently will give you more employment opportunities and higher salaries.

How you can get involved: Feria Para Aprender couldn’t happen without the support of hundreds of volunteers. Volunteers are need throughout the day on Friday, February 5 to help set up activities and equipment as well as sort the thousands of donated books. Spanish-speaking volunteers are encouraged to volunteer at the event to help guide parents and facilitate the numerous activities around the Expo Center grounds.

Please visit www.austinpartners.org/feria-para-aprender to register for as an exhibitor or a volunteer.

For more information, please contact Christin Alvarado at calvarado@austinpartners.org.

Austin African Americans, go get that scholarship money!

Heard about this via the Community Action Network e-newsletter, which actually linked to the Austin Juneteenth Celebration (June 19) website…

If you’re currently mentoring or supporting an African-American or Hispanic student, please let them know about the numerous opportunities for college scholarships.

Below are listed almost 50 scholarship and aid opportunities for African-American and Hispanic students. Please spread the word and help someone you know earn scholarship money for college.


Even if you do not have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does, and to anyone and everyone that comes to mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated money for scholarships to African Americans, a great deal of the money is being returned because of a lack of interest or awareness.

No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.

Take the initiative to get your children involved! Money shouldn’t be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it.

Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews, friends with children etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful additional money can be.


2.) Student Inventors Scholarships 

3.) Student Video Scholarships

4.) Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships

5.) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships

6.) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships 

7.) Brand Essay Competition

8.) Gates Millennium Scholarships

9.) Xerox Scholarships for Students

10.) Sports Scholarships and Internships

11.) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships

12.) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)

13.) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

14.) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid scholarships

15.) Presidential Freedom Scholarships 

16.) Microsoft Scholarship Program

17.) Wired Scholar Free Scholarship

18.) Hope Scholarships & Lifetime Credits

19.) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

20.) Guaranteed Scholarships

21.) BOEING scholarships (some HBCU connects)

22.) Easley National Scholarship Program

23.) Maryland Artists Scholarships

24.) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship

25. ) Historically Black College & University Scholarships

26.) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students

27.) International Students Scholarships & Aid Help

28.) College Board Scholarship Search

29.) Burger King Scholarship Program

30.) Siemens Westinghouse Competition

31.) GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds

32.) CollegeNet ‘ s Scholarship Database

33.) Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid

34.) Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel

35.) Scholarship & Financial Aid Help

36.) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group)

37.) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info)

38.) Aid & Resources For Re-Entry Students

39.) Scholarships and Fellowships

40.) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies

41.) HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)

42.) Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

43.) INROADS internships

44.) Olympics of the Mind Scholarships

45.) Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships

46.) ScienceNet Scholarship Listing

47.) Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide


49.) The Roothbert Scholarship Fund