Starting in the fall 2009 semester, 10 qualified undergraduate international students attending St. Mary’s University will have access to a new scholarship to help pay for their tuition, books, room and board.

Carlos and Malu Alvarez recently announced a $100,000 gift to St. Mary’s University making possible the establishment of the International Student Scholarship Fund. Each ‘International Scholar’ will receive $2,500 a year, for four years.

Students of any major are eligible and must maintain full time status (12 semester hours or more) and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Eligible ‘International Scholar’ recipients are those born or living outside the United States at the time of application, with priority given to students from Mexico and Latin American countries.

Carlos Alvarez is the founder and President of The Gambrinus Company, a craft brewing and sales and marketing organization. The Gambrinus Company owns and operates the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, Bridge Port Brewing Company in Portland, Ore. and the Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, Calif.

Alvarez is a dedicated supporter of higher education, and has given generously of his time and talents to various schools and universities, many in San Antonio, including being a trustee for St. Mary’s Hall (a Protestant primary, middle and high school not affiliated with St. Mary’s University) and a trustee and former chairman of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He also serves as trustee for the following organizations: World Affairs Council of America (Washington D.C.), Davidson College (Davidson, N.C.) and School Year Abroad (Lawrence, Mass.).

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