Ruben Santos Memorial - Baylor University Scholarship

NOTE: This award is open to students in grades 11-12.

The Ruben Santos Memorial Scholarship honors the longtime director of the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair. Ruben Santos served for thirty-five years as director of the Bill Daniel Student Center here at Baylor. For much of that time, Ruben was also the director of the history fair, a volunteer position in which he worked to develop, promote, and organize our fair. Ruben Santos passed away in March 2008, and this scholarship award honors his memory and our indebtedness to his service.

Qualifying HOTRHF students in their junior or senior year of high school may apply for the HOTRHF Ruben Santos Memorial - Baylor University Scholarship. The scholarship provides $4,000 scholarship ($500 per semester for a maximum of eight semesters with a required 2.5 Baylor GPA) tuition to Baylor University. Each sponsor is allowed to nominate one student for this award.

Application Procedure
The student should complete the downloadable PDF application.The application allows for responses to be typed into fillable boxes. Signatures of both the student and sponsor are required. Typed names in the signature fields are considered a valid signature.

The application and sponsor nomination should be emailed to with the subject “Ruben Santos Award Nomination." Applications are due by April 1, 2020.

Applications for the scholarship will be screened by a panel of HOTRHF representatives, and the top applicants will be invited to an interview with the scholarship selection committee. Arrangements for interviews will be made after the application deadline. 

In addition to the information on the application form, the selection committee will consider:

  • the applicant’s academic record in high school
  • demonstrated interest in becoming a Baylor University student. 

Scholarship Information:

  • The $4,000 scholarship ($500 per semester for a maximum of eight semesters with a required 2.5 Baylor GPA) is limited to tuition remission only and does not cover books, housing, or fees.
  • The student must meet all the qualifications necessary to be accepted into Baylor, must apply for admission to Baylor through regular procedures, must be accepted into Baylor, and must register for Baylor classes before the scholarship goes into effect.
  • The student should report receipt of the scholarship in any application for a financial aid package at Baylor University. 

Click here to see past recipients of the award.