Effective March 28, 2017, the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice will be the Hawkinson Fund at Grace University Lutheran Church. The Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to 138 students in recognition of their deep commitments to peace and justice since 1988. Please know that we plan to continue this mission as part of Grace University Lutheran Church. We are making this change at this time to ensure that even more of your donations go directly to our mission. As a result of this transition we will not be issuing any scholarships or honorary awards in 2017. Please look for more information to be made available in early 2018. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to email@example.com. Please know that checks for any future donations should be made out to the Hawkinson Fund at Grace University Lutheran Church and will continue to be tax deductible.
Hawkinson Foundation Scholarships are awarded each year to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to peace and justice. The Board of Directors determines scholarship amounts each year. Undergrad and graduate student scholarships are typically $4,000-5,000 each. High school student scholarships are typically $1,000.
The Hawkinson Foundation defines peace and justice broadly. Past scholarship recipients have worked on international healthcare, LGBT equality, Native American rights, domestic violence, human rights, and health disparities in low-income communities.
Hawkinson Scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students who are residents of or currently attending school in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota or Wisconsin.
- Applicant must be a resident of (or currently attending school in) Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
- Scholarship finalists must be available for a personal interview in Minneapolis.
- Scholarship recipients must attend an award ceremony in the fall of the school year awarded (attendance may be excused in exceptional circumstances).
- Scholarship awards will be announced by July 1.
- Scholarships are awarded without regard to religious affiliation.
- All decisions by the Hawkinson Foundation Selection Committee are final.
In addition to the above qualifications, applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice through at least one of the following:
- Completed a specific peace and justice project;
- Were courageous in pursuing their convictions about peace and justice;
- Displayed ongoing commitment to, and leadership in, a peace or justice organization;
- Served as a role model for others in moving a religious community or society into new realms of thought and practice regarding peace and justice.
In addition, applicants must demonstrate how the use of the award money for study, an internship, or a special project will deepen their personal commitment to peace and justice and will promote peace and justice for others. A personal interview is required. Scholarships are awarded without regard to religious affiliation.
The deadline for application is March 15 of each year. Selected applicants are invited to an in-person interview in Minneapolis, usually in May of each year. Recipients are notified mid-summer. All recipients are asked to attend the Foundation’s Annual Awards Presentation each fall.
Applications are accepted starting in January.
If you have any questions about the application process, please email info firstname.lastname@example.org.
Begun in 2009, the top applicant (or applicants) is selected as the Jacobson Scholar, named in honor of board member Stan Jacobson in honor of his service on behalf of the Foundation.