The Bendana Family Scholarship
Belief in Education, Hard Work and Preserving One’s Cultural Ties

April 10, 2018

Scholarship Application Proceedure

The Scholarship is awarded based on the following criteria that includes your High School Grade Point Average, your community service experience and the quality and content of an essay that briefly describes your experience in high school, performance of community service, if any, expression of financial need and comments about your hopes for the future and career aspirations.

Students interested in applying for the Scholarship 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. The essay should be in 12 font, double-spaced and no more than one page single-sided per each of the three listed Criteria.

Include a cover page with name, phone number and e-mail address and physical address with your uploaded essay application. Do not put your name or school name anywhere in your actual essay. 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 will make the selection of the scholarship recipient from the group of candidates. The candidate(s) must be a 2018 graduating senior. Essays, applications and transcripts should be submitted on line, or in the alternative, if a student prefers to submit this information in writing, please do so by mailing it to HISPANIC AMERICAN FOUNDATION, 2210 S. MAIN ST., TULSA, OK 74114.

The candidate selected 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 $3,000.00 will be issued to the college or university that the winner will be attending, on behalf of the scholarship winner.

School offices must forward their application and criteria selection(s) to the Hispanic American Foundation by April 2, 2018.
  Final selection will be made, and the winner notified in April. The student will be asked to attend the Hispanic Student Luncheon and Career Fair 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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