UIW president Dr. Louis Agnese reinforced the university’s commitment to private-school education through a historic partnership with The Carver Academy announced Sept. 23. The university will provide each graduate of The Carver Academy, beginning in spring 2010, with a $25,000, 10-year scholarship. The funds will assist students in continuing their private-school education in the Brainpower Connection schools through their senior year at UIW.

UIW’s Brainpower Connection includes Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic High School, St. Anthony Elementary School and St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School. The Brainpower Connection is a circle of support, influence and collegiality established when the five institutions joined together to share their brainpower through their faculties and students.

The Carver Academy, which is not affiliated with the Brainpower Connection, was foundedby NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson and offers elementary-age children from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade a challenging academic program featuring small classes, leadership opportunities, and a nurturing family-like environment based upon the foundations of Judeo-Christian Scripture.

The scholarships will allow students who have flourished in a private school environment to continue their studies beyond the academy while receiving one-on-one attention from quality instructors. TCA’s dedication to inspire students to be good citizens exemplifying the school’s principles of leadership, discipline, initiative and integrity through service and faith is a natural tie to UIW’s Mission.

“We are pleased to be in a position to continue the academic and faith formation these outstanding students receive at The Carver Academy,” Agnese said. “These exceptional students are the type San Antonio desperately needs if it hopes to prosper in the future.” The scholarships will be distributed as $2,500 per year for 10 years to provide for education from seventh grade through the fourth year of college.