Students interested in applying for the award should do so through their school office and should express, in a brief essay, how they exemplify each of the points listed in the scholarship criteria-see attached form. The essay should be in 12 fonts, double-spaced and no more than one page single-sided per each of the three listed criteria.

On a separate page, please type school, name, address, e-mail address and telephone number and staple this to essay page. Student’s name and school’s name should not appear anywhere in your essay, except on the cover page. This is to keep the judges from knowing who submitted the essays-to make the process anonymous and fair.

A committee of the Hispanic American Foundation members will select the award recipient from the group of candidates.  Only four candidates may be submitted by each high school. Essays and contact information should be sent to the Hispanic American Foundation, 2210 S. Main St., Tulsa, OK 74114.

The winner will be notified directly by the Hispanic American Foundation office, using contact information provided with the application. The winning student’s school will be notified as well.

When the Hispanic American Foundation office receives notification that the scholarship winner has been accepted and has enrolled in a college or university a check in the amount of $3,000 will be issued to the college or university that the winner will be attending on behalf of the scholarship winner.


This award will be limited to High School graduates desiring to pursue studies in one of the following five areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business.



The winner of the award may apply the following year for an additional $3,000 scholarship conditioned upon having completed a minimum of 24 hours credit during the just completed year, having maintained a 3.0 GPA, providing proof that they are continuing to pursue one of the five fields of study contemplated by this scholarship and providing proof that they have performed the required number of hours of community service described in the scholarship criteria.


School offices must forward their application and criteria selection(s) to the Hispanic American Foundation by Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Final selection will be made, and the winners notified in April. The students will be asked to attend the Hispanic Student Luncheon and Career Fair on Thursday, May 11, 2017 to be recognized.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hispanic American Foundation at 918-584-3333 Ext. 2 or e-mail


1. “A Well Defined Need, Purpose, and Motivation to Pursue a Higher Education”: Include in your essay why you need help in attending college and how you feel you can benefit from the college experience. Indicate what academic area you want to study and why; your goals and objectives of possessing a higher education; what you would like to do after completing your college degree.

2. Belief in Education, Hard Work and Preserving One’s Cultural Ties: Fred Bendana immigrated to the USA from Nicaragua and through hard work and education obtained a degree from Rutgers University and created a successful fertilizer business, BenTrei of Tulsa. His son Charles Bendana is today President of the Company and he, as did his father, has a fervent belief that education is the path to a successful future for the youth of today. Charles Bendana wants to promote good education, strong values, and hard work and believes in preserving one’s cultural ties. If you were to receive this award, describe how you would expect to benefit and what you want to accomplish with an education?

3. “Volunteer Community Service”- Students can learn much outside the traditional classroom through volunteering at places such as local churches or local schools. Giving back to the community through service will help the student learn that community service is not only rewarding in and of itself but more importantly helps those in need. The essay should provide evidence of participation in student development activities in high school and how you plan to continue to develop to your fullest potential. The Bendana Family Scholarship will require that the winner perform during the academic school year a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer community service at a local school or local church of their choice to be registered with the Hispanic American Foundation.

Summary: The Bendana Family Scholarship recipient should be of Hispanic origin, display personal characteristics of each of the criteria above. The key components are: a clearly defined need for assistance, purpose, and motivation to attend college; maturity and a strong sense of values with a desire for student development and to give back to the community through volunteerism.

The essay should be in 12 fonts, double-spaced and no more than one page single-sided for each of the three listed criteria.

If you have any questions, please call 584-3333, Ext. 2 or e-mail

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Bendana Family Scholarship-2017