April 24, 2019
On behalf of the Bendaña Family, the Hispanic American Foundation will award one $3,000 scholarship. The Bendaña Family scholarship is a recurring scholarship. A student who continues to meet the eligibility requirements may earn up to four $3,000 awards.
This scholarship award is based on the following criteria: the student’s high school grade-point average (a transcript is required) and essay’s quality and content. A candidate must be a 2019 graduating high school senior, attend school in Tulsa County, show financial need, and be of Hispanic origin.
The Bendaña Family scholarship requires the award recipient to perform a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer community service on behalf of a local school, church or other nonprofit during the academic year. This work will be reported to the Hispanic American Foundation upon completion.
APPLYING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP
Students interested in applying for the scholarship should apply through the HAF website:
ESSAY REQUIREMENT AND FORMATTING
For the Bendaña Family scholarship, an essay is required. The essay should reflect the student’s experience in high school, performance of community service, if any, expression of financial need, and other criteria defined in the essay prompts.
The essay should be in a 12-point font, double-spaced and single-sided. A total of three pages (maximum of one response per page) should be submitted. On a separate, fourth page (cover page), please type your name, the name of the school you attend, your home address, an e-mail address, and phone number.
Important: The student’s name and school’s name should not appear anywhere on the essay pages, just on the cover page. This procedure is used to keep the judges from knowing who submitted the essay and supports a fair, application review process.
A committee of the Hispanic American Foundation members will select the award recipient from the group of candidates. Essays, applications, and transcripts should be submitted online. If a student prefers to submit the application in writing, please mail to the Hispanic American Foundation c/o OSU Tulsa Main Hall, Rm. 1108, 700 N. Greenwood Ave. Tulsa, OK 74106.
AWARD NOTIFICATION AND RECOGNITION DINNER
The selected candidate 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.
FINAL SELECTION will be made and the winner notified the second week of May. The student will be asked and is expected to attend the Hispanic Student Dinner scheduled in late May.
RECEIPT OF THE AWARD
When the Hispanic American Foundation office receives notification the scholarship winner has been accepted and enrolled in a college or university, a check in the amount of $3,000 will be issued to the designated college or university on behalf of the scholarship winner.
BENDAÑA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY PROMPTS
Please write up a one-page response for each of these prompts:
The Bendaña Family scholarship recipient should be of Hispanic origin and, if any, demonstrate financial need. The key components of the essay address the prompts with strong examples.