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

Because our school employees make many personal sacrifices and investments in their scholars’ needs, it is our privilege to offer Firstmark Education Grants to eligible members. For the 2021-2022 school year, Firstmark distributed $7,500 among 15 grant recipients across eight Bexar County school districts.

In 2022-2023, we will award Twenty $1,000 Education Grants.

Applications Open September 1 - October 23, 2022

Submit Your Application

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. September 1 – October 23: Online application is open.
  2. October 24 – October 28: Grant applicant review for eligibility. All submitted applications will be reviewed for completion, as well. Any applications with missing or incomplete information will be disqualified.
  3. October 31 – November 4: Independent grant committee member review
  4. November 10: Grant Committee meets to make final decisions
  5. December 9: Official Public Announcement of all 2022-2023 Firstmark Foundation Education Grant recipients


  • Online applications available: September 1 through October 23, 2022
  • Grant Application Review & Awardee Selection: Fall 2022
  • If selected, a Grant Agreement Form will need to be signed
Firstmark Foundation Awards $7,500 in 2021-2022

The Firstmark Foundation is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021-2022 Education Grant program. Firstmark Education 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 carry out 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 Education 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