SwRI in the Community

SwRI in the Community
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • Special Olympics
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way Day of Caring
  • National Wear Red Day

Southwest Research Institute and its staff actively support community service activities. Each year SwRI staff members participate in a variety of programs, for area schools, colleges and universities and other community organizations. Our staff also are involved in a number of activities in support of SwRI's annual United Way campaign.


Since 1994, SwRI engineers have served as volunteers and mentors for the annual SA BEST (San Antonio Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition, in which area high school students and mentors from local businesses team for six weeks to design and build remote-controlled robots that compete in a robot-to-robot competition. SwRI is a proud sponsor of the event.

SwRI has been a host for the Young Engineers and Scientists (YES) Program since 1993, which offers high school students a real-world research experience. The three-week program includes presentations and facility tours given by staff members, as well as student-run projects. Participants continue their research project during the school year under the mentorship of an SwRI scientist or engineer.

SwRI staff members also routinely serve as mentors, speakers and science fair judges for area schools. Each year at the Alamo Regional Science Fair, the Institute selects one student to receive a cash prize and plaque for his/her science fair entry. The student also receives a tour of the Institute and an opportunity to meet with scientists and engineers in his/her field of interest.

More than 100 high school and college students work in student positions and internships throughout the Institute. Internships offer students an opportunity for hands-on, real world experience.

Each year two outstanding students receive the Martin Goland Scholarship, which was established for eligible children of staff members. The tuition scholarship is renewable up to four years.

In addition to the Martin Goland scholarship, SwRI is a Trinity University "Business Affiliate." The Trinity University Business Affiliates program is a distinguished group of corporate supporters who make unrestricted gifts to the university's Annual Campaign. These annual gifts are used exclusively to provide scholarship and financial aid to outstanding young women and men. This year’s contribution from SwRI helped to support one scholarship.

In 2013, SwRI received a Partner of the Year Award from the Northside Independent School District for its educational outreach efforts in the San Antonio community.


SwRI staff members actively participate in various community activities in San Antonio and surrounding communities as well as at SwRI off-site locations across the United States. In 2016, SwRI's employee campaign raised more than $806,331 for United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. In addition to monetary contributions, more than 200 staff members and their families volunteered time to help at four different United Way agencies during the SwRI Cares day.

The Research Recreation Association Outreach Committee, an SwRI volunteer group, organizes several events that benefit the community such as blood drives and volunteer activities for a variety of organizations including the San Antonio Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and the Special Olympics.

For more information about community service at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), please e-mail the Communications Department or call (210) 522-2257.

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