The Cowboy Breakfast Foundation presented a check for $15,000 Tuesday to St. Philip’s College to fund scholarships for students in its culinary arts program.
With tuition being $850, that will provide 17 scholarships.
The culinary arts program is one of only 25 in the world rated exemplary by the American Culinary Federation.
“Thank you seems so insufficient because you change lives and impact generations. It’s not just one student that you give a scholarship to because so many of our students are the first ones in their families to go to college,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s.
“When it’s the first person in a family to go to college, your scholarship is impacting generations — that generation, the next generation and the next generation — because it becomes generational when one person in a family crosses that chasm that says you can’t do it.
“When they can go to college and they can get a college degree, it gives hope and inspiration for their siblings, for their loved ones, significant others — everybody thinks that if they can do it, then so can I,” Loston said.
The funds were raised during the 35th annual Cowboy Breakfast sponsored by Jordan Ford on Jan. 25 at the parking lot of Cowboys Dancehall, which drew more than 55,000 people thanks to unseasonably warm weather.
“While putting on the world’s largest free breakfast, we use the opportunity with the help of our sponsors to raise funds for our scholarship,” said Chuck Cristian, a board member of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation. “St. Philip’s does a great job of helping the community and providing outstanding programs and opportunities for the citizens of San Antonio. This is our way of saying thank you.”
The next Cowboy Breakfast, the unofficial kickoff for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, will be Jan. 24 at Cowboys Dancehall.
More than 300 volunteers and dozens of sponsors help produce the event, recognized in 2001 as the World’s Largest Cooked Breakfast by the Guinness Book of Records. It routinely feeds between 30,000-50,000 people, depending on the weather.
Photograph by John Goodspeed