Legend of Rey Feo
Today in San Antonio, Rey Feo has been awarded “official royalty” status by the San Antonio Fiesta Commission, along with the Reina de la Feria de las Flores Queen, who is Rey Feo’s official queen and fellow scholarship fundraiser. As official royalty, Rey Feo participates in all aspects of the annual Fiesta San Antonio 10-day celebration to commemorate the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Rey Feo, his court and queen will ride in the Fiesta parades and be treated like royalty, but Rey Feo still remains popular as “The People’s King”.
The Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation, a Texas Non-Profit Corporation and 501(c)(3) charitable foundation (“RFSF”) provides deserving local high school students a $2,000.00 annual scholarship ($1,000.00 each per fall and spring semester) to attend the college, university or trade school of their choice. The scholarship is renewable each semester over four years that the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and takes at least 12 semester credit hours. An additional $1,000.00 may also be awarded to outstanding students for the semester following their obtaining a 4.0 grade point average with at least 15 semester credit hours.
The RFSF mission is to provide scholarships to help students achieve higher education regardless of race, color, religion, or gender; and to bring awareness of the accessibility of higher education to students in the San Antonio, Texas area.
The Rey Feo scholarship program is iconic having been established in 1947. Since its inception, over $8 million has been raised for scholarships awarded to over 7,000 students. The fall 2019 semester was a record mark for the RFSF with 200 scholarships awarded. The fall 2020 semester saw a record 863 applicants, but only 102 scholarships awarded, 85 to renewal applicants, due to the onset of the pandemic and the uncertainly of events fundraising.
Despite the ongoing pandemic and no events fundraising for 2020-2021, the Rey Feo scholarship program has persevered. For the fall 2021 semester, 83 scholarships were awarded, 76 to renewal applicants. 8 recipients received a $1,000.00 bonus from a 4.0 grade point average and at least 15 semester credit hours in the spring 2021 semester.
The RFSF has mostly sustained its renewal applicants since the fall 2020 semester. The Rey Feo 74/75 fundraising campaign seeks to raise at least $400,000.00 to replenish the Rey Feo scholarship fund so it is possible to not just return to its scholarship levels as seen in the fall 2019 semester but grow stronger so more deserving high school students can achieve their dream of attending college. Your donation to the Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation mission is valued and appreciated.
During his reign, Rey Feo visits more than 60 elementary schools to encourage thousands of young people to stay in school, respect their teachers & parents, be good citizens, and pursue a higher education. He is considered a goodwill ambassador for the city throughout the year.
Today the program is becoming known as an “Economic Development Enhancement Program” for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio based on the positive community impact of hundreds of students receiving a college degree. Students chosen to receive a Rey Feo scholarship value the skills received from their education and often return to San Antonio to volunteer, mentor other youth, and practice their profession to the benefit of the community.