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The Harlandale Education Foundation is an approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization with an independent Board of Directors. It was initiated in 1999 and has since raised nearly $1.6million and awarded over 2,000 graduates with scholarships.

HISD ranks in the lowest 1% of Texas schools because of property wealth. Ninety-two percent of the student body is Hispanic and 88% are economically disadvantage. Research highlights a number of key underlying factors behind the low number of Hispanics who attend college. Some of those factors include limited awareness of financial aid programs and lack of funding. HEF hopes tocreate a college-going community by offering a $625 or $1,250 scholarship to every Harlandale High, McCollum High, STEM Early College or Frank Tejeda Academy graduate who shows proof of attendance at any college,university or technical school.

Harlandale ISD employees make contributions to the foundation during a 2-week fund drive every February. An anonymous supporter of Harlandale ISD then matches the amount dollar for dollar. HEF Board Member Norma Martinez Lozano and Mike Gilpin of the Alamo Insurance Group have also begun organizing an annual gala and golf tournament to gather contributions from the local business community.

If you have any questions regarding the HEF Scholarship, please email us

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Eligibility Guidelines

To access the Harlandale Education Foundation Scholarship graduates must:

  • Be a graduate of Harlandale High School, McCollum High School, STEM Early College High School, or the Frank Tejeda Academy

  • Complete all sections of the application

  • Show proof of registration (full-time enrollment) at any college, university, or technical school

  • Apply and access the scholarship no later than three (3) years following graduation

The scholarship award depends on whether or not applicants are awarded the federal PELL Grant.

  • Students who receive the PELL Grant get a $625 HEF scholarship ($312.50 per semester for one year).

  • Students who do not receive the PELL Grant get a $1,250 scholarship ($625 per semester for one year).

Scholarship Application


  • Fall Semester - September 15

  • Spring Semester - January 31

  • Click Here to Apply

The completed HEF application and all supporting documents must be attached to this application and submitted prior to the application processing deadlines*.  Supporting documents include:

  • FINAL high school transcript with graduation date

  • Proof of full-time enrollment (schedule) in a post-secondary institution

  • FAFSA Student Aid Report if the PELL Grant is NOT awarded.

  • TASFA Student Report