Cinco de Mayo Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Lutheran Community Services’ Hispanic Advisory Board invites high school juniors and seniors of Hispanic heritage studying at Klamath County or Klamath Falls City high schools, or who are working on the Advanced Diploma program at Klamath Community College, to apply for the 2019 Cinco de Mayo Scholarship.


Both boys and girls are encouraged to apply.


The scholarship committee will take into consideration the applicant’s academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, Spanish language ability and Hispanic heritage.


The scholarship winner will be expected to participate in the May 4, 2019 Cinco de Mayo Parade down Main Street and Festival at Veterans Memorial Park in Klamath Falls.


The Hispanic Advisory Board is a proud supporter of Klamath Promise


The scholarship prize amount will be announced at a later date.


Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2019.


For scholarship requirements and application form, please click here

Thank you for your generous support

Carlos Sanchez, Erin Schulten, PacifiCorp’s Todd Andres, Dora Hoffmeister, Ana PInedo and Gustavo Gutierrez


Scholarship Winners




Scholarship Winner and Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018 Victoria Gaeta (left), scholarship Runner-Up and Cinco de Mayo Princess 2018 Beatriz Serrato (right) and Dora Hoffmeister (center).
Scholarship Winner and Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018

Victoria Gaeta

Scholarship winner Victoria Gaeta was crowned Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018 on May 5 at Klamath Falls’ Veterans Memorial Park.  Projecting at once confidence and sensitivity, this Bonanza resident plans to study biochemistry and molecular biology at Oregon State University.  Seeking out greater academic challenges and diversity of extra-curricular activities, Victoria commuted daily to Henley High School in Klamath Falls.  While taking demanding classes such as chemistry, statistics and calculus, she served as Henley High School Band’s clarinet section leader and rose to the position of Assistant Drum Major as a senior.  During her high school career, Victoria was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA), mentoring several fellow members on the FFA Creed for a public speaking competition.  She also spent more than 100 hours tutoring students at the Merrill Migrant Summer School.  Raised speaking Spanish in Southern California, Victoria expresses great gratification in being bilingual.  Her devotion to family and commitment to the community make her an excellent example of Hispanic leadership emerging from Klamath County.  The Hispanic Advisory Board takes pride in having selected Victoria as scholarship winner and wishes her all the best in her academic career.    

Scholarship Runner-Up and Cinco de Mayo Princess 2018

Beatriz Serrato

Graduating from Lost River Jr./Sr. High School in Merrill, Beatriz Serrato is our 2018 Scholarship Runner-Up and Cinco de Mayo Princess.  Bright, determined and caring, our scholarship recipient plans to study at the College of Cosmetology in Klamath Falls.  After completing her vocational courses, Beatriz would like to work in a salon, using her Spanish skills to help those around her.  During her junior and senior years in high school, Beatriz earned high marks in her classes with the goal of applying for scholarships. Through her involvement with Future Business Leaders of America, Beatriz won a contest with a scrapbooking project made up of pictures collected throughout the year.  Above and beyond her dedication to academics and school activities, Beatriz has displayed commitment to the community.  For her senior high school project she partnered with a local church to create a Blessing Box, a large pantry containing clothing, personal care items and food for families in need; this Blessing Box continues in operation today.  Her Hispanic heritage, a source of identity and satisfaction, has defined the person she is today.  The Scholarship Committee was impressed by Beatriz’s dedication to education and family, and we are confident that this young leader’s future will be bright.  We are proud to have Beatriz representing both the Hispanic Advisory Board and the Klamath Basin, and wish her much success and fulfillment in the coming years. 

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