The Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation conducts charitable, educational and cultural programs related of Fiesta® San Antonio.
Miss Fiesta® San Antonio began in 1949 and a separate organization was formed to oversee Miss Fiesta. She was selected in a beauty and talent pageant, where she was awarded with a scholarship to continue her education. As the economy worsened and production costs increased, the 60+ tradition of Miss Fiesta® was in jeopardy.
Beginning with Fiesta® 2013, the Fiesta San Antonio Foundation assumed responsibility for the long-standing Miss Fiesta San Antonio program.
In order to become a charitable program, the selection process changed from a beauty pageant to an internship, during which Miss Fiesta executes a community service project. This change has allowed corporations to sponsor the program with philanthropic dollars.
Miss Fiesta selects one program area from the Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation and develops and implements a project plan around that area. Projects coincide with the program areas of the Foundation: Arts & Culture, History & Heritage, Safety, Health & Wellness, or Education.
Miss Fiesta San Antonio serves as one of nine official kings and queens who reign over the city’s annual Fiesta celebration. During Fiesta, Miss Fiesta attends events as an ambassador, raising the public’s awareness of the Fiesta® San Antonio Foundation and her project plan.
Our 2019 Miss Fiesta San Antonio Victoria Gonzalez is a proud native of San Antonio and graduated valedictorian in 2015 from William B. Travis Early College with a distinguished high school diploma as well as an Associate’s Degree. Her accolades include scholarships from the Rey Feo Foundation and San Antonio Area Foundation and internships with Bank of America and Communities in Schools. This past Spring, Victoria graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Medical Biology.
During her undergraduate career, she was a Greater Texas Foundation Scholar, Social and Formal Events Chair of Delta Zeta Sorority, and conducted biomedical research on infectious disease. She completed hundreds of service hours volunteering at Edinburg Children’s Hospital and with organizations such as Team Mario, which provides learning activities for children with autism. Victoria hopes to begin medical school in the Fall of 2019 and eventually become a pediatrician. In the meantime, she plans to give back to her hometown of San Antonio, the community that bred her passion for culture, service, and health.
Her service project provides personal care and hygiene items to children in need – preventing illness and disease and enhancing self-esteem.
Interested in becoming Miss Fiesta San Antonio?
Applications are now open for Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2020.
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