WE'RE AWARDING $45,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2023! FIFTEEN (15) $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.
1. The applicant must be a high school senior who will graduate in May or June 2023 and live and attend school in Tulsa County.
2. The applicant must have plans to attend a two-year or four-year college or university in the fall 2023 semester. Any scholarship award will be paid directly to the institution where the student is enrolled.
3. 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 or volunteer service, work ethic, cultural appreciation, and financial need.
4. No essay is required! Instead, you are asked to complete four short-answer questions.
Important: Your name, school’s name or other self-identifying descriptions should not be included anywhere within your short-answer responses. This supports a fairer review process.
After submitting your short-answer questions, you will receive an email to upload your current official academic transcript!
5. A current school transcript is required and will be uploaded as an attachment to your initial submission.
6. Full completion of the online form is recommended, and any unanswered questions will reduce the applicant’s likelihood of selection.
The HAF Scholarship committee will review the written application, and scholarship determinations will be made in April 2023. Scholarship awardees will be notified by May 5, 2022. Students chosen for awards should notify their high school counselors.
The application deadline is March 17, 2023. No late applications will be considered.
The Hispanic culture is the oldest 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.
Here is the question prompts that you will be asked on the form. We recommend writing your answers in a separate document and 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 17, 2023. Scholarship award winners and area school counseling offices will be notified by May 5, 2023.
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.