SA Prep to Host Inaugural Tunette Powell Writing Award for Transformation

SA Prep to Host Inaugural Tunette Powell Writing Award for Transformation

SAN ANTONIO – June 29, 2020 — San Antonio Preparatory Community School (SA Prep) is proud to announce that we are the host school for the newly established Tunette Powell Writing Award for Transformation, a writing scholarship open to middle school students throughout the city of San Antonio and surrounding areas. This is an annual award with a cash prize of $500 given directly to the award recipient in addition to $500 that will be donated to further the cause or serve as seed money to support the student’s vision of transformation.

“At SA Prep we believe our Champions should strive to be their best and be celebrated for their achievements”, says SA Prep Superintendent and CEO, Stephanie Hall-Powell, “We are proud to partner with the Tunette Powell Writing Award to celebrate young writers of color”.

In July, middle schools will be given the opportunity to submit a creative writing piece, such as poetry, music or an essay, that describes the power of transformation in themselves, in others or in their community. This can be a transformation that has been realized or a vision of transformation a student would like to see come to fruition. In August, SA Prep will host the inaugural finals competition and ceremony to celebrate the award recipient as well as to commemorate the award and its power and potential to build community. Even though the award is hosted at SA Prep, the competition is open to any middle school student in the San Antonio area.

This award was named after Dr. Tunette Powell, a San Antonio native, published author and former San Antonio Express-News staff writer who graduated from Judson High School in 2004. Dr. Powell, who now lives in Los Angeles, earned her doctoral degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and serves as the director of the UCLA Parent Empowerment Project. She has also published several works, including a memoir, The Other Woman, which chronicled her childhood as the daughter of a father addicted to drugs in San Antonio during the height of the War on Drugs Era.

Tunette Powell Award Flyer


San Antonio Preparatory Community School, a new school set to open in the fall of 2020, provides a college preparatory education through high-quality instruction and rigorous curriculum in a challenging and supportive learning environment, ensuring all students in grades 5-12 graduate college and succeed in the careers of their choice. SA Prep believes that all students should be immersed in their culture, learn about their identity, engage in the community, and build strong relationships with others. Our core values are Love, Equity, Identity, Culture, Connection, and Community. Learn more at