Announcing the 2020 Scholarships Recipients

Blanca Azucena Pacheco - 2020 Charles Wilson Hacket
Blanca Azucena Pacheco – 2020 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship

Blanca is pursuing a doctoral degree in Medical Anthropology. In her own words: “Currently, I am conducting fieldwork in southeastern Guatemala. I have been invited to co-lead the written and photographic documentation of the indigenous Xinka system of medicine. This work is both personally and professionally important. On a personal level, I have been able to return to the land where I spent the first six years of my life and reconnect with my indigenous roots. Professionally, this is an immensely important project, as this is the first time the Xinka medicinal knowledge and practices will be documented. Needless to say, that this historic project is a major contribution to the Xinka peoples, the nation of Guatemala, and is important to the global indigenous community.”

Alejandra Zuniga - 2020 Jeannie Hunter Hackett
Alejandra Zuniga – 2020 Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship

Alejandra is majoring in Government and Political Communication. In her own words: “Currently, I am a community organizer at a labor union. I work with organizations like RAICES and American Gateways to develop and implement curriculum for ICE rapid response in Texas public schools, implement immigrant-friendly policies in school districts, and plan direct actions. I also coordinate community work against sexual misconduct within higher education. Law school is in my future, but only after I spend some more time advocating for my community. After I graduate, I intend to move to Washington D.C. and to work for an organization like FWD.us, an organization that aims to reform the criminal justice and immigration system, as either an organizer or a policy researcher.”

Jessica Vega - 2020 Mitty Guerra
Jessica Vega – 2020 Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship

Jessica is majoring in Therapeutic Recreation at Texas State University. In her own words: “As a non-traditional student, I value college education, because I have learned what it is like to live with a passionless job, paycheck to paycheck. Through my struggles as a young mother, I have learned to be diligent and to put all my efforts into achieving my goal of being a role model for my daughter and my community. I have an 8-year-old daughter and work a full-time overnight job while enrolled in 15 credit hours at Texas State University. Therapeutic Recreation offers ways for some of our most vulnerable citizens to connect with themselves and the world in order to find happiness and improve their quality of life.”

 

2020 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 

2021 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON  JANUARY 1, 2021.

 Each year there are three PART scholarships for students: 1) The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship (UT Austin graduate students), 2) the Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship (UT Austin undergraduate students), and 3) the Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship (any undergraduate student in the Greater Austin area).

-The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship. For 2020-2021 University of Texas at Austin Latin American Studies (LLILAS) graduate students only.

The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship of $2,000.00 is awarded to a graduate student (female or male) for outstanding achievement in Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. The deadline for the 2021 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship application is 12 AM midnight, Monday, March 8, 2021.

The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship Requirements
-A complete online application.
-A copy of an “Enrollment Certificate with GPA” obtained from the UT Austin Office of the Registrar with the application ($5.00 fee). Non-submission of this document results in disqualification.
-One letter of recommendation (0 points) from a faculty member or supervisor (volunteer or paid work, former or current) is required.
-An essay of no more than 1000 words. The essay should address how the scholarship will benefit your academic studies and career aspirations, describe your personal initiative and leadership qualities as evidenced by your achievements, awards, community service and/or campus activities, your current sources of financial support, and your career plans after college.

Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship application point system (maximum of 30 points):

GPA (10 points).
10 – 9 pts. = 3.67 GPA or better;  5 – 4 pts= 3.66 GPA – 2.7 GPA; 0 pts ﹤2.6- GPA 

Honors received (5 points).  
5 pts = Excellent (3 honors or more); 3 pts = Very Good (2 honors);  1 pt = Good (1 honor).

Sources of financial support-family, employment, scholarships (5 points).  
5 pts = Excellent, shows strong personal initiative; 3 points = Very Good; 2 pts = Average.

Participation in campus or community activities (5 points).  
5 pts = Excellent, shows strong personal initiative and/or leadership qualities; 3 pts = Good; 2 pts = Average.

Career plans after graduation (5 points).  
5 pts = Excellent, strong sense of personal goals; 3 pts = Good; 2 pts = Average.

Applications must be received by 12 AM midnight, March 8, 2021.

-The Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship. For 2020-2021 Junior or Senior UT Austin Latin American students.

The Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship of $2,000.00 is awarded to an outstanding Latin American student (female or male).  “Latin American” refers to students from the Americas where the Spanish or Portuguese languages prevail: Mexico, Central and South America, and the Spanish Caribbean. The eligible applicant must be an undergraduate (junior or senior) enrolled for school year 2020-2021 at The University of Texas at Austin. There are no restrictions on the area of study. The deadline for the 2021 Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship application is 12 AM midnight, Monday, March 8, 2021.

Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship Requirements
-A completed online application.
-A copy of an “Enrollment Certificate with GPA” obtained from the UT Austin Office of the Registrar with the application ($5.00 fee). Non-submission of this document results in disqualification.
-One letter of recommendation (0 points) from a faculty member or supervisor (volunteer or paid work, former or current) is required.
-An essay of no longer than 1000 words. The essay should address how the scholarship will benefit your academic studies and career aspirations, describe your personal initiative and leadership qualities as evidenced by your achievements, community service and/or campus activities, your current sources of financial support, and your career plans after college.

Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship application point system (maximum of 30 points):

GPA (10 points).
10 – 9 pts. = 3.67 GPA or better;  5 – 4 pts= 3.6 GPA – 2.7 GPA; 0 pts ﹤2.6 GPA

Honors received (5 points).
5 pts = Excellent (3 honors or more); 3 pts = Very Good (2 honors);  1 pt = Good (1 honor).

Essay (15 points) that addresses 3 elements:

1. Sources of financial support-family, employment, scholarships (5 points).  
5 pts = Excellent, shows strong personal initiative; 3 points = Very Good; 2 pts = Average.

2. Participation in campus or community activities (5 points).  
5 pts = Excellent, shows strong personal initiative and/or leadership qualities; 3 pts = Good;   2 pts = Average.

3. Career plans after graduation (5 points).  5 pts = Excellent, strong sense of personal goals; 3 pts = Good; 2 pts = Average.

Applications must be received by 12 AM midnight, Monday, March 8, 2021.

-The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship. For 2020-2021 undergraduate Hispanic female students only.

The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000.00, is awarded annually to a Hispanic woman residing in the Greater Austin area* who has shown determination in overcoming barriers to accomplish her educational goals. This scholarship targets low income students who are struggling to stay in school and in serious financial need. Eligible applicants are usually, but not necessarily, beginning their post secondary education, have no more than 40 college credit hours, but have not been able to continue or complete their education because of financial, family, or challenging life circumstances. This scholarship is not for: graduate students,  for educational research or travel, or for students who have sufficient financial support and security. The deadline for the 2021 Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship application is 12 AM midnight, March 8, 2021.

The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship application point system (maximum of 30 points):

1. All parts of the application are complete, including a current letter of recommendation (required) describing applicant’s community, academic, or job performance, her ethics, and character. (5 points).
5 pts = Excellent – application is clear and complete; 3 pts = Good – application is complete; 0 pts = incomplete.

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Austin

Applicant must be currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning (an accredited community college, college, or university).

The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship application point system (maximum of 30 points):

1. All parts of the application are complete, including a current letter of recommendation (required) describing applicant’s community, academic, or job performance, her ethics, and character. (5 points).
5 pts = Excellent – application is clear and complete; 3 pts = Good – application is complete; 0 pts = incomplete.

Description of obstacles to education (5 pts).  
5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding); 3 pts = Good (clear & complete); 2 pts= Average.

Description of needs and responsibilities (children, parents, siblings, spouse?) (5 pts). 
5 – 4 pts = Excellent; (outstanding); 3 pts = Good (clear & complete); 2 pts = Average.

Employment and or financial resources (5 pts).  
5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding); 3 pts = Good (clear & complete; 2 pts = Average.

Educational goals and a time frame for accomplishing them (5 pts).  
5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding); 3 pts = Good (clear & complete); 2 pts = Average.

Applications must be received by 12 AM midnight, March 8, 2021.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Chair of Scholarship Committee, Mary Gawron, pictured with (left to right): 2019 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship recipient, Ricardo Velasco Trujillo; 2019 Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship recipient, Andres Miranda; 2019 Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship recipient, Katuscia Koch

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