2021 Scholarship Requirements

WE’RE AWARDING $30,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2021!

TEN (10) $3,000 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED. 
 

NEW! No Essay Requirement. 

We’ve made it easier to apply. Each applicant is asked to complete an online scholarship application. The application includes four short-answer questions which address these areas: academic interests and planning; financial need; cultural heritage, and; community service/work experience. Applicants are encouraged to follow the form directions closely and complete all fields. 

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

ELIGIBILITY

1.   The applicant must be a high school senior who will graduate in May/June 2021 and live and attend school in Tulsa County.

2.   The applicant must have plans to attend a two-year or four-year university in the fall 2021 semester. Any scholarship award will be paid directly to the college/university where the student is enrolled.

3.   A current school transcript is required and will be uploaded as an attachment to your submission. 

4.   In understanding and appreciating the unique needs of students, a minimum grade-point average is not required. Candidates should demonstrate a balance of academic rigor, community/volunteer service, work ethic, cultural appreciation and financial need. No other qualifying criteria is required.

5.   Important: The student’s name, school name or other self-identifying criteria should not be included anywhere within the question responses. This supports a fairer review process.

6.   Full completion of the online form is recommended, and any unanswered questions will reduce the applicant’s likelihood for selection.

7.   A senior photo (or other close-up photo) of the applicant is required. If selected as a HAF Tulsa Scholarship recipient, this photo will be used to announce the award through Tulsa area media and social channels. (If taking the photo with your cell phone, please choose a neutral background using natural light which is in front of you. A single source of light located behind you makes the photo too dark to reproduce well.)

8.   The HAF Scholarship committee will review the written application solely, and determinations for scholarships will be made in April 2021. Scholarship awardees will be notified by May 1, 2021. 

HAF MISSION
The Hispanic culture is the oldest non-indigenous influence in the Western Hemisphere and dates back over 500 years. It is currently reflected throughout contemporary life in our language, foods, architecture, music and art. To recognize and celebrate this heritage as it exists within the Tulsa community, the Hispanic American Foundation, a nonprofit organization operating under IRS Rule 501(c)(3), was founded in October 1990.
 
The Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and promotion of Hispanic culture through scholarships, grants and the presentation of cultural programs. We believe education is the path to opportunity. For this reason, approximately 75% of the monies we raise are earmarked for scholarship awards and other educational initiatives.

SHORT-ESSAY PROMPTS

Here are the question prompts which you will be asked on the form. We recommend writing your answers in a separate document and then copying and pasting your responses into the online form.
 
Please answer each question in at least five and no more than seven sentences.
 
Question 1: My Educational Plan
Tell us about your college/university plans. What college/university do you plan to attend? Have you applied and been accepted? What major/s are you interested in? How many years of college will it take to complete the degree you plan to earn?
Question 2: My Financial Need
Most students need financial help in attending college. How would a $3,000 HAF Tulsa scholarship help you and/or your family? Be as specific as possible on this response to demonstrate your financial need. This is very important to the Scholarship Committee reviewing your application. 
Question 3: My Cultural Heritage
Most cultural values are shared from generation to generation, and these often are reinforced by our families and close communities as “values.” Tell us about your cultural heritage. How do you celebrate your own culture, e.g., language, food, art, music, etc.? What one tradition is most important to you and why? 
 
Question 4: My Community & Work Experience

Students can learn much outside the world of work by volunteering at places such as churches, through local nonprofit organizations or in their schools. Students may also work to support themselves and/or their families, either inside the home and/or outside the home. Tell us about your own experience in this area. Specifically, what is one thing you’ve learned about yourself through either your community service and/or work experience?

SELECTION AND AWARD NOTIFICATION

The Hispanic American Foundation scholarship committee will select award recipients from all online applications received by March 15, 2021. Scholarship award winners and area school counseling offices will be notified by May 1, 2021.

RELEASE REQUIREMENT A student earning a scholarship award grants the Hispanic American Foundation of Tulsa full use of his/her name, photo, image, video, likeness, and/or any other identifying criteria for promotional purposes. 

Awardees will be featured on the HAF Tulsa website and via our Facebook page. Additionally, the Foundation will send notifications to area news outlets.

RECEIPT OF THE AWARD

When the HAF 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. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY 

The scholarship application window is now closed. The deadline to apply was March 15, 2021.