Alex O. Santillanes Scholarship

Alex SantillanesAlex O. Santillanes touched and saved the lives of many by working tirelessly to create a positive future for the youth of the Yakima Valley. His endeavors included gang outreach, acting as a student guidance counselor, community organizer for Yakima County Substance Abuse Coalition, and student retention specialist at A.C. Davis High School. His biggest accomplishment was establishing a local chapter of Barrios Unidos in the Yakima Valley. The group collaborated with gang leaders to declare Barrios Unidos a neutral, safe zone for the youth and provide assistance to gang members who wanted to leave a gang. In addition to mentoring students, he empowered parents with information on how to keep their children out of gangs. This scholarship was originally established as the Washington Hispanic Roundtable Scholarship, but was renamed in 2015 to honor the life and work of Alex Santillanes.

Application Opens: January 1st
Application Due Date: March 1st


  1. Graduating senior of a high school in the Yakima Valley (A.C. Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, West Valley, or Yakima Valley Tech)
  2. Hispanic resident of Washington state
  3. Seeking further education at an accredited 2-yr or 4-year college or university in Washington state
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.0
  5. Special consideration is given to students affected by a history of cultural, social and economic inequities, particularly if the applicant has ever resided in a single parent family and/or the applicant’s parents did not complete high school



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