We are excited to offer an opportunity for college bound seniors who are planning on pursuing a degree in the arts. We have allocated monies to fund eight $500 scholarships to be awarded this year to graduating seniors. Our intentions are to award one $500 award to a visual art student and one $500 award to a performing arts student graduating from each of the 4 high schools in Hayward.

HFA is a local non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2019 focused on supporting the arts in Hayward Unified. Our new scholarship program is intended to support college bound seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in the arts to fulfill their goals. Please share with all interested HUSD students and families.

This scholarship is made possible through The Hayward Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors.

Testimonials from a 2024 Scholarship Recipient


From Ariana Casiano Baker, Hayward High School:   “I am unbelievably grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of the HFA scholarship; not only because it has brought me a step closer to being able to pursue my lifelong passion of performing, but also because it means so much to know that the passions of all those within VAPA finally have a way of having their hard work acknowledged after a long time of feeling somewhat ignored. I can’t wait for more VAPA students to use the HFA scholarship as a way to thrive.”


From Alyssa Huang, Tennyson High School:    “I am beyond grateful to have received the HFA Scholarship and I am excited to share that it will contribute towards my tuition at Pratt Institute where I will be majoring in Interior Design. This scholarship has helped lessen my family’s financial burden for art school and support me in art school and help me get another step closer to my dream! ”


From Kylee Cuevas, Tennyson High School:   “My inspiration is telling people’s stories because people don’t really understand what happens in certain situations…. Art inspires me because of the feeling I get by helping people share their stories.”


From Bella Pacheco, Mt Eden High School:   “Not only am I grateful to have received the HFA Scholarship, I am also grateful for being recognized by my art work. Sculpting has become a major passion for me, it’s given me the ability to create and control-to an extent of what my mind is capable of morphing and bringing my creations into real pieces. ”