SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass presented a San Antonio ISD high school graduate with a 2013 Financial Services Roundtable Financial Literacy Scholarship to help jumpstart his higher education. During an awards ceremony today at Concord Plaza, Highlands High School graduate Joe Fabela received a $5,000 scholarship. Fabela, who completed a financial education course in high school and graduated in June,plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. "Encouraging financial education is essential to improving lives and financial well-being, which is why BBVA Compass continues to create those opportunities in the communities we serve," BBVA Compass San Antonio City President Andrea Smith said at the awards ceremony. "Joe's hard work and commitment to continue his education show his drive to succeed and we are proud to present him with his scholarship." Fabela was among 13 students nationwide to receive the scholarship. BBVA Compass has partnered with the Financial Services Roundtable to award these scholarships for three years. BBVA Compass promotes financial education in San Antonio and throughout its footprint through partnerships with organizations such as the FDIC, the American Bankers Association Education Foundation and EverFi. The bank participates annually in Junior Achievement activities and partners with NBA Cares in its joint Team. Works. In Schools initiative. About BBVA GroupBBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com.