Winners of the 2021 College Scholarship for HISD Seniors


About Waldman Legal Group’s Scholarship

The Waldman Legal Scholarship aims to encourage and support bilingual (English and Spanish) high school seniors to attend a two- or four-year college/university. The Scholarship will award one student $2,000, a second student $500, and a third student $250. The Waldman Legal Scholarship recipients will become part of the Houston Independent School District Scholars Network. This scholarship will be awarded for at least two consecutive years, beginning this year (2021).

Award Amounts:

  • $2000 – first place winner
  • $500 – second place winner
  • $250 – third place winner

To Be Eligible, You Must:

  • Be a Houston Independent School District (HISD) High School Senior
  • Be fully bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Have applied to college at a university or two- year community college program
  • Be enrolled at the university or community college at the time the award is provided
  • Have a financial need demonstrated by your FAFSA or TASFA application
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in high school

Selection Criteria:

  • The quality of your essay (your essay will need to be provided in both English and Spanish)
  • The quality of up to 2 recommendation letters

Application Requirements:

  • The application completed in full
  • An official high school transcript
  • 1 letter of recommendation from an HISD high school teacher, and up to 2 other letters of recommendation from other HISD teachers, community leaders, or managers from a job or internship where the applicant has worked a minimum of 500 hours
  • Proof of admission to a college/university/community college

Application Deadline:

  • April 8, 2021

Essay Prompt:

Waldman Legal fights for the rights of victims. We believe it is important for victims to take action and not let others take advantage of them. Our motto, ¡No se deje!® reflects those values. We ask that you consider a lesson you have learned, either from your personal experience or from the life of someone close to you, where they responded to a difficult situation. Include the words “¡No se deje!” in your essays.

Essay Requirements:

  • No more than one page, double spaced
  • Provided in both English and Spanish

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