About the Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, a tax-exempt organization that helps individuals, families, businesses, and agencies support charitable causes throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Through their Community Grants Program, nonprofit organizations can apply for financial support to continue to do the work that enhances our communities. The grant was named to honor the memory of Alex O. Santillanes who, among many other positive things, established a group that collaborated with gang leaders to declare Barrios Unidos a safe place for the youth. The selection for the grant will be done based on factors including academic performance, recommendations, and financial need.


How to apply for the scholarship?

  • Interested applicants must first create an account on the Community Foundation of NCW online site and complete the eligibility quiz. Only then applicants will be able to access the individual applications for any eligible scholarships.

  • Along with the application, the applicants should submit their academic transcripts, EFC (expected family contribution) from their SAR (Student Aid Report), two reference contacts information, and FAFSA.

How much the scholarship award amounts to?

  • The award amounts to $1,500 yearly and is non-renewable.

  • One scholarship will be provided per year.

Deadline Information

The deadline date is set for March 1

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a graduating senior of a high school in the Yakima Valley (A.C. Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, West Valley, or Yakima Valley Tech)

  • Hispanic resident of Washington state

  • Seeking further education at an accredited 2-yr or 4-year college or university in Washington state

  • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher


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