The awards are as follows:

        Two Scholarships:  $250 each with the possibility of the amount increasing!

Open to ANY high school seniors attending an accredited high school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For information as to whether your school qualifies, please e-mail us at

Eligibility Requirements

·       All majors are eligible

·       Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

·       Must have a permanent address in the state of Texas

·       Must be enrolled as a High School Senior in an accredited Dallas/Fort Worth area high school in the fall of 2016

·       Must plan to enroll full-time during the 2017-2018 academic year in an accredited U.S. higher education institution in the U.S.

·       Be committed to using education to better your life and the life of your family and/or community.

Application Process

·       NO ESSAY is required from the applicant. Instead, the applicant will record a video of under five (5) minutes or less and must follow the following guidelines:


·       Video must be 5 minutes or less

·       Tell the audience a little bit about yourself.

·       Tell the audience your goals and how going to college is going to help you achieve your goals.

·       Tell the audience "WHY" you will not give up in your pursuit of earning a college degree.

·       Upload video onto YouTube with the following required information:

  • TITLE: Never Give Up by (Your Name) 2017 Cristales Scholarship
  • DESCRIPTION BOX: 2017 Nati Cristales Scholarship program with A.C. Cristales Please watch my video and support my mission to go to college.

Once uploaded on YouTube, do the following:

·       Email A.C. the link of your video to:

·       Take a screenshot of the video and put it on Instagram and tag A.C. on it at @ac_cristales. Include the hashtags in the Instagram post: #2017CristalesScholarship #ACSpeaks

·       Tweet the link of your video to A.C. at @ac_cristales and include the hashtags: #2017CristalesScholarship #ACSpeaks

·       Share your video with your family, teachers, friends and world so they can support your mission to go to college because:

The video with the MOST views will win the scholarship. The other winner will be chosen by the scholarship committee.

Application Checklist

The student is responsible for submitting all materials to Cristales Leadership Group, LLC. by Friday, April 14, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. This application becomes complete and valid only when all of the following materials have been received: 

·       General Information Application (submitted online)

·       Two Letters of Recommendation From a Teacher

·       Current Complete Transcript(s) of Grades

·       Video must be online and applicant must follow ALL video submission guidelines.

Letter of recommendation and transcripts can be mailed to:

Cristales Leadership Group, LLC.
P.O.Box 658
Wylie, TX 75098

Or they can be e-mailed to

Winners will be announced Tuesday April 18, 2017

Nati Cristales Scholarship

Nati Cristales

Nati Cristales

Nati Cristales is a trailblazer. She came to the United States in the 1970's with a dream to have a better, prosperous life here in America than what she had in her home country of Peru. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. She faced many difficult situations in her marriage that ultimately led her to being a single mother with the sole responsibility of raising two boys.

She did not waver though. While some possibly did not see a way out for her and her two boys, she persevered and worked hard to create a path where there may have not been one. Her work ethic and love for her children blazed a trail for many to admire. One of her greatest desires was that her sons would be college graduates. They are! Both her sons have Masters Degrees.

The purpose of the Nati Cristales Scholarship is to help students who have a desire to graduate from college even though their life may be filled with hardships and challenges. Through Nati's example, we want students to know that IT IS possible for them to graduate from college.  With hard work and perseverance, you can overcome anything, and you can be a college graduate! 

Congratulations to the
2016 nati Cristales Scholarship Recipients!

Genesis Morales from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas ISD.

Genesis Morales from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas ISD.

Bryan Gray from Plano Senior High in Plano ISD.

Bryan Gray from Plano Senior High in Plano ISD.

2014 winners:

Jordy Gomez, Molina H.S.

Jordy Gomez, Molina H.S.

Margarita Herrera, R.L. Turner H.S.

Margarita Herrera, R.L. Turner H.S.

Max Guillen, W.T. White H.S.

Max Guillen, W.T. White H.S.

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