Scholarship founded in recognition of Palo Alto’s first president, chair of business department

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By Adriana F. De Leon

Palo Alto College has established the James B. Riley Memorial Accounting Scholarship in memory of the first president at the college.

Riley, who died of cancer Oct. 5, was president when the college opened in 1985.

His office was at Billy Mitchell Village, outside the gates at Kelly Air Force Base. It was not until January 1987 that the Palo Alto campus was opened.

Some of Riley’s other accomplishments include being the first chair for the business administration department at Palo Alto and serving in the Texas Air National Guard.

He taught accounting and business administration courses.

Carol Riley, his wife, is the ethics and compliance officer for the Alamo Community College District.

Tax-deductible donations to the scholarship should be made payable to the Alamo Community College District Foundation with “Riley Memorial Scholarship” on the memo line.

Checks can be mailed to the foundation at 201 W. Sheridan, San Antonio TX 78204, or delivered to business Chair Elsa Anaya in Room 122 or 120 of the applied science technology building.

The $300 scholarship is only available for Palo Alto students majoring in accounting and who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average, Carmen Velasquez, coordinator of scholarship support services, said.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 18.

Interested students can call Velasquez at 921-5397.


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