Since 1932, Firstmark has been a passionate champion of the education community. Education is engrained in our roots, our membership, and our commitment to our communities. We were chartered as the San Antonio Teachers Credit Union by and for educators.

Because we know our educators and all that they personally sacrifice and invest, to meet our scholars’ needs, it is our privilege to offer Firstmark Educator Grants to eligible members. For the 2021-2022 school year, Firstmark distributed $7,500 to winning grant recipients – that’s 15 grants at $500 each.

Firstmark Foundation Awards $7,500 in Educator Grants

The Firstmark Foundation is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021-2022 Educator Grant program. Firstmark Educator Grants are for full-time, K-12 educators and support staff. Grants are awarded to fund innovative project ideas, including the materials necessary to successfully carryout the project. To date, Firstmark Credit Union has awarded over $70,000 in support of educators and their students.

“School district employees are facing incredible challenges to engage students in traditional and online learning environments,” said Marisa Perez-Diaz, executive director of the Firstmark Foundation. “We are honored to support these inspiring individuals to bring their vision of advanced student learning to fruition. As a credit union for teachers and all school system employees, we congratulate our grant winners and look forward to seeing their projects and programs implemented later this spring.”

This year’s funds will support a variety of projects, including the purchase of flexible seating to accommodate students of all abilities, high-interest books for struggling readers, materials to support social and emotional learning and sensory exploration resources to encourage students to use scientific processes while they create, play and explore.


2021-2022 Educator Grant Winners

East Central ISD | Josephine Martinez Project Idea: Cool as Heck — with My Playaway ’round the Neck

Edgewood ISD | David Walker – Project Idea: Flexible seating

Judson ISD | Monica Cortez – Project Idea: Let’s Bring the Learning Outdoors

North East ISD | Michelle Waters – Project Idea: Simply Reading

Northside ISD | Carey McCarthy – Project Idea: Breaking News

Northside ISD | Dillon Gatian – Project Idea: Living History

Northside ISD | Erica Huerta – Project Idea: Building Leaders in Readers

Northside ISD | John M. Kliewer – Homebound Hospital Program, NISD | Classroom Project Idea: Homebound Haptics

Northside ISD | Juanita Tucker – Project Idea: SEL Peace Corner in all classrooms and public student areas

Northside ISD | Lauren Sanchez – Project Idea: Sensory Exploration Learning

Northside ISD | Michael Byrnes – Project Idea: Free Desk Project

Northside ISD | Rebecca Folds – Project Idea: Social and Emotional Learning

San Antonio ISD | Marcella Gutierrez – Project Idea: Steamy Hot Glass

South Side ISD | Tonya Bartlett – Project Idea: High Interest/Low Level Class Library

Southwest ISD | Cynthia Cuellar – Project Idea: Little Seeds Of Hope

Previous Grant Winners

$500 Educator Grant Application Process

Qualification Criteria

To qualify, you must be a Firstmark Credit Union member and hold a position in education where you interact with students directly (i.e., classroom teacher, librarian, counselor, child nutrition staff, custodial staff, campus social worker, transportation staff). Not a member, yet? We invite you to join Firstmark today!

Application Process

  1. Describe your project idea
  2. State your goals for your project
  3. Describe how you will measure project success
  4. Submit your application online


  • Online applications available: Early September through end of October
  • Grant Application Review & Awardee Selection: Late Fall