Scholars Reception 2017
with renowned novelist and poet
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
El Paso in Austin's Scholars Reception, an annual fundraiser for our scholarship for El Paso high school graduates attending college in the Austin area, is coming up!
We're honored to welcome guest speaker Benjamin Alire Sáenz, the El Paso-based award-winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. Sáenz won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. His young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, won numerous awards, including being named a Printz Honor Book and winning the Lambda Literary Award. Other accoaldes include being a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, among many, many others. He's been featured on NPR, and in Texas Monthly and Entertainment Weekly, among other periodicals. He teaches creative writing at UTEP. Sáenz's latest work is a book of poetry, The Last Cigarette On Earth, published by Cinco Puntos Press.
The Scholars Reception will be hosted on the rooftop at 1220 Colorado Street, with beautiful views of the Texas Capitol and Downtown Austin. Ample parking is available on Colorado.
The evening includes an open bar and small foods, a silent auction, and camaraderie with other El Pasoans in Austin! Plus: Sáenz has generously offered to sell signed copies of his books—with proceeds benefiting our scholarship!
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
6:30 - 9 p.m.
1220 Colorado Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Why Get Involved
Our primary goal is to connect El Paso professionals in Austin for business, cultural and social benefit. We also strive to bring our collective force together for the benefit of the El Paso community.
How To Get Involved
• Join us for ongoing networking events
• Bring exposure to your business by sponsoring an event
• Donate your time and/or your treasure towards the El Paso in Austin high school scholarship fund
On The Horizon
To date, El Paso in Austin has been privileged to honor 20 college students with a $1,000 scholarship. We hope that you will get involved in our commitment to empower the next generation of El Paso leaders.