Teresa Hellinghausen Award
"It takes a village to raise a child."

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 $2,000.00 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

Teresa Hellinghausen was placed in an orphanage at the age of eleven. To compensate for her separation from her family, she learned to develop and rely on other supportive relationships. Later in life, she was reunited with her sisters and other family members, but she continued to cultivate quasi-familial associations that provided mutual nurturing, assistance, and mentoring.  Teresa believed in the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Please describe how you have benefited from this ideal and/or how you might promote it in your own life.

Teresa was active in her community and volunteered often.  She believed strongly in the exercise of one’s civic duty and strove to improve her local community. Describe the ways in which you have worked to improve the area in which you live or attend school and how you intend to continue giving back to the community in the future.

Teresa also valued education. She graduated from the University of Tulsa and helped to implement educational programs throughout Tulsa.  Express how you think a college education will impact the course of your life.  Please be specific.

Summary: The Teresa Hellinghausen Scholarship recipient should display personal characteristics of each of the criteria above. The key components are to explain how others have influenced your development, how you intend to improve your community and help others, and why you value education.

Qualifications:  Not eligible for the FAFSA, preferably Hispanic; a well defined purpose and motivation to attend college; a community service orientation; maturity and a strong sense of values.

If you have any questions, please call 918-584-3333, ext. 2 or e-mail

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