The Heart of HAF is Education

The heart of the Foundation is education, and in the last four years, we’ve allocated 75% of the Foundation’s net revenue to educational programs. To this end, we believe:

  • Education is a means by which each person can be equipped to succeed.
  • Scholarships reduce financial challenges to pursuing higher education.

An April 2020 study by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities reported Hispanic high school student graduation rates have steadily improved over the last several years. Although this number is 20 points (71.6%) below white, non-Hispanic students (and a critical place to improve educational, legislative and civic support), we can celebrate there are more Hispanic students attending college.

Because “cost” is one of the greatest barriers for students, the Foundation sponsors two different types of scholarships.

Direct-award Scholarships

Each year, the Foundation hosts a scholarship competition. Winners are decided through an essay competition. This May, the Foundation will award $30,000 to 10 Tulsa County area high school seniors to attend college in the fall. 

University-direct Awards

Historically, HAF also awards scholarships to Tulsa area universities. These schools include the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University and Tulsa Community College. Unfortunately, COVID restricted the amount of money we were able to raise in 2020. We anticipate reinstating a similar program in 2022. 

Yvannia Melendez
“This year has been a challenging year, and the scholarship has become a blessing that alleviates a little of the economic weight of college. I’ll graduate this year and want to dive into the advertising industry to learn as much as possible. The Hispanic American Foundation scholarship is giving me the opportunity to complete my degree and do this.”

Yvannia Nicole Melendez Pastor
Public Relations & Advertising Senior
Oral Roberts University

Educational Scholarships

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Scholarship Programs

Scholarship Programs

HAF makes different types of educational awards, direct to students and also to area colleges and universities. Learn more.

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarship Requirements

This scholarship award is based on the following criteria; GPA, community service and/or work experience; and the quality and content of the essay.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application

The Direct-award Scholarship Program opens up in January. Please check back on this website for more details and information.

Educational Initiatives

Educational Initiatives

The Hispanic American Foundation regularly supports other cultural and educational initiatives in the Tulsa community.