This scholarship award is based on the following criteria: the student’s high school grade-point average (a transcript is required); community service and/or work experience; and, the quality and content of the essay. Demonstration of financial need will also be considered. A candidate must be a 2021 graduating high school senior and attend school in Tulsa County.
ESSAY REQUIREMENT AND FORMATTING
A three-page 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 comments about the student’s hopes for the future, including his/her career aspirations.
The essay should be in a 12-point font, double-spaced and single-sided. A maximum of three response pages is allowed. On a separate 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.
In your three-page response, please respond to the following writing prompts:
The Hispanic culture is the oldest non-indigenous influence in the Western Hemisphere, dating back over 500 years. It is currently reflected throughout contemporary life in our language, foods, architecture, music, and art. In an effort 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.
Motivation to Pursue a Higher Education
Include in your essay why you need help in attending college, how you feel you will benefit from the college experience, and what you would like to do in the community after completing your college degree.
Preserving One’s Cultural Ties
Include in your essay how you celebrate your culture, e.g., language, foods, architecture, music and art.
Volunteer Community Service
Students can learn much outside the traditional classroom by volunteering at places such as churches, through local nonprofit organizations or in their schools. Giving back to the community through service helps the student learn community service is rewarding. The essay should provide evidence of participation in student service activities in high school and plans for future community service.
A committee of the Hispanic American Foundation members will select the award recipient(s) 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 candidates 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 in early April. The student may be asked and is expected to attend the Scholarship Awards Dinner in May. Additionally, scholarship winners will be asked to take part in a “thank you” video for donors. This will be coordinated in April by HAF media interns.
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 the winner will attend on behalf of the scholarship winner.
APPLYING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship application window opens in early January. Please check back here for updates.