The Pan American Round Table of Austin awards four $2,000 scholarships in April of each year to deserving students in the Austin Greater Area. The scholarships are:

The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Jeannie Hunter Hacket Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Latin American undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an economically disadvantaged Hispanic woman for the purpose of completing her postsecondary educational goals.

The Gloria Mata Pennington Scholarship is awarded to a Hispanic woman who has been accepted and enrolled in college in any year of her studies who would be the first in her family to attend college and to receive a degree.

The 2022 Scholarships are NOW closed.

Applications for next year will open January 1, 2023.

TO APPLICANTS: Please, first read the descriptions of each of the scholarships further below before applying to determine which one fits your background best.


2022 Scholarships Recipients

Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship

Ana López H.
UT Austin doctoral student at LLILAS, conducting research on the lives of women who earn a living as paid domestic workers in Colombia
Home country: Colombia
I have had the opportunity to work with Ana since the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester, her first semester at UT Austin. Ana is a highly motivated, intelligent, and hardworking student and has always come across as a mature and respectful student in her interactions with me and with other students. Her research project on the lives of women employed as domestic workers in Colombia is a highly needed and relevant project in the region.
Gloria González-López, Ph.D.
C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair # 1 in US-Mexico Relations Professor of Sociology

Becoming a visible voice in the Colombian literary landscape.
I started writing when I was nine and, since then, I have always dreamed of becoming a writer. Creative writing is an essential part of my life, research, and how I make sense of the world. My literary career has begun to give fruit, and I plan to continue writing and publishing literary texts. In November 2021, I started my first novel project, which I hope to finish this year.
Ana Lopez H.

Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship

Lesly Chávez
UT Austin Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Latino Studies
Home country: Mexico

I met Lesly because of her interest in working as a research assistant on my study looking at the Cardiovascular Disease Perception, Risk, and Health Seeking Behavior of Agricultural Workers in Texas. Much of this work involves outreach and health education. Lesly has assisted on two community events consisting of direct contact with farmworkers and day laborers on health outreach and community engagement. Lesly’s cultural background helps her complete study tasks. She is bilingual and of Mexican descent. She is also the daughter of agricultural workers, experienced traveling for seasonal work, and lived in migrant worker housing. This allowed her to understand Spanish speaker’s words and the cultural context they were sharing.
Kimberly Y. Prado, PhD, MPH
Research Affiliate, The University of Texas at Austin

Gloria Mata Pennington Scholarship

Melody Geiger
UT Austin BS in Arts and Entertainment Technologies and
BA in Spanish
My parents both came from extremely low income Hispanic households and have worked hard all their lives to get where they are now. Now in college, I have declared a Spanish major because I want to relearn for myself, and also pass on the Hispanic culture and Spanish language to my children one day. In further dedication to this goal, I have secured a Spring 2022 study abroad in Queretaro, Mexico (¡Saludos desde Querétaro!) where I am staying with a host family and will be taking classes in Spanish in order to reconnect with my heritage. All this is to say I am entirely devoted to my goals both academically, financially, and personally, and I will continue to pursue them with great determination.
Melody Geiger

Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship

Victoria Guerrero
Bachelor of Arts
St. Edward’s University
I am a freshman attending St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. I am a Latina majoring in Global Studies and I am the first person in my family to attend college. As of right now, I am receiving funds from a program called CAMP, or the College Assistance Migrant Program. This program assists students who are in financial need and have family members who have worked in agriculture.
When it comes to a current obstacle, just being a first-generation Latina college student is an obstacle in itself.  I’m having to overcome so many barriers and I have had to learn how to navigate college on my own too. I am the first person in my family to be achieving such an amazing feat. Knowing that I am making my parents proud while setting an example for my little siblings makes all the obstacles worthwhile.
Victoria Guerrero

Photo by Jaden Davis

Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship

Andromeda Vega
Austin Community College – Nursing
I’ve been in college since August of 2013 after graduating High School. I went to the University of Houston. It was short lived. I went off to college with a defective laptop and a phone that died often. I realized I didn’t have the proper tools or finances to succeed there.
I found out I was pregnant in December of 2018 in the middle of completing the last few requisites I needed to apply to the competitive nursing program at ACC. I was hopeless with a newborn and didn’t know how I was going to reach my own dreams of becoming a Nurse. How was I going to provide for my child and myself?
I was referred to the Jeremiah Program. A program for single moms who were in college and with an onsite daycare. A dream come true. I applied to the LVN program at ACC, was accepted and now I am in level 3 of 4 with plans to graduate with an Associate Degree of Nursing in December of 2022. I have worked extremely hard to get here. There’s been a lot of tears and it’s surreal that I’m here and that I’ve even made it this far.
Andromeda Vega


2021 Scholarships Recipients

2021 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship

Ruth Herenia Matamoros-Mercado
PhD in UT Austin Latin American Studies
Home country: Nicaragua
Ruth is part of a generation of PhD candidates seriously challenged by the effects of this pandemic period, with all its detrimental impacts on the pace of research endeavors…In Ruth’s case, as a mother of two children living alone with them in Austin, Texas, away from her husband and the rest of her family, during the Summer of 2020, she had to reorganize her living situation to stay in the United States…Ruth’s research project on the role of land politics as part of the indigenous Miskitu responses to the colonial and racial history of Nicaragua and the Central American region constitutes a tremendously relevant theme in the field of Indigenous Studies.
Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante. The University of Texas at Austin

2021 Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship

Valeria Colunga
UT Austin – International Relations and Global Studies (Major 1) & Latin American Studies (Major 2)/ French Studies
Home country – Mexico
I met Valeria in 2020 when she joined the Humanity Lab Foundation as a Research and Policy Intern…In her work with Humanity Lab, Valeria worked directly with me and contributed substantially towards the policy and advocacy of our work…Valeria worked on research, research analysis and preparation of policy briefings for Humanity Lab’s executive team. Her thirst for information and understanding made her a crucial thinking-partner for me and our core leadership team. Her commitment, professionalism and passion for social justice was invaluable to the success of our work.
In working alongside Valeria, I am deeply aware of her passion for international development and social justice and her commitment to advancing herself in these areas of work. Having the unique vantage point of knowing Valeria and her work, I am confident that this scholarship will tremendously impact her personal life and will further enhance her capacity to be an asset to the University of Texas at Austin.

Hazami Barmada, Founder & Chairperson, Humanity Lab Foundation

2021 Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship

Danna Quiriarte
UT Austin Bachelors of Science in Public Health
Danna attends UT Austin, works two jobs, and supports her family. Danna was inspired to study Public Health as a result of serious illness in her family. She is described as “an  individual…who is consistently present and always more focused and more integrated in a conversation…she actively participates in her community, juggling part time education and working 30+ hours a week to care for her family. Danna does all of this with an unwaveringly positive disposition. She’s always smiling, always warm…she is a model student, more well-rounded and adept than many adults. She is the sort of individual that takes care of a task or responsibility without any question.
Bryan C. Parker, Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock, TX

The First 2021 Gloria Mata Pennington Scholarship

Lilibeth Ramirez
UT Austin Applied Learning Development: EC-6 Bilingual Generalist Teacher Certification
First Generation Student – “Lilibeth is a critical thinker who can both analyze and synthesize information quickly and accurately, which is an important skill for students who endeavor to pursue advanced degrees. There were several instances where Lilibeth demonstrated initiative in creating supplemental learning opportunities and tools for herself and classmates, which, in my opinion, was very impressive, given that she was only a first-year college student. Those types of characteristics are rare in first-year students, so she definitely caught my attention. Her work and initiative in our signature course were exceptional, and we could always depend on her to be prepared and lead the class in discussions. On many occasions, she was the most knowledgeable, and her peers looked to her for her insight and opinions…I have come to know her as a hardworking and professional young woman who is focused, organized, and passionate about uplifting others’ lives. In addition, she is a bright young lady with great character. She possesses strong communication skills and an impeccable work ethic.
Tiffany T. Lewis, Ph.D., Director, Gateway Scholars & Longhorn Link (SSS) Programs Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE)


2020 Scholarships Recipients

Blanca Azucena Pacheco - 2020 Charles Wilson Hacket
Blanca Azucena Pacheco – 2020 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Vega - 2020 Mitty Guerra
Jessica Vega – 2020 Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship
Alejandra Zuniga - 2020 Jeannie Hunter Hackett
Alejandra Zuniga – 2020 Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship

2019 Scholarships Recipients

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Scholarship committee members pictured with the three scholarship recipients (left to right):
Ricardo Velasco Trujillo – Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship Katuscia Koch – Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship
Andres Miranda – Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship

2022 Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship

The Charles Wilson Hackett Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to an outstanding Latin American Studies (Major) graduate student (female or male, born in any country) enrolled for 2021-2022 at the University of Texas at Austin. A minimum of 25 points is required for consideration.

REQUIRED: Applicant provides certified proof of enrollment from the University of Texas at Austin.

  1. Online application is complete.
  2. Enrollment Certificate with GPA is provided.
  3. One letter of recommendation is provided.
  4. An essay is provided.

____________________________________________________________________

RUBRIC – Application point system (for a 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 <= 2.69 GPA
Points_______

— Essay/statement (total of 20 points). Essay includes the following:

  • Honors received  (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent (3 honors or more)
3 pts = Very Good (2 honors)
1 pt = Good (1 honor)
Points_______

  • Sources of financial support (family, employment, scholarships)  (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent, shows strong personal initiative
3 points = Very Good
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • 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
Points________

  • Career plans after graduation (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent, strong sense of personal goals
3 pts = Good
2 pts = Average
Points___________

Total Points:__________


2022 Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship

The Jeannie Hunter Hackett Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to an outstanding Latin American born student (female or male). “Latin American” includes students from countries or territories in the Americas where Spanish or Portuguese languages prevail: Mexico, most of Central or South America, and in the Caribbean, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The eligible applicant must be an undergraduate student enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year at the University of Texas at Austin. There are no restrictions for the areas of study. A minimum of 25 points is required for consideration.

REQUIRED: Applicant provides certified proof of enrollment from the University of Texas at Austin and proof of birth country.

  1. Online application is complete.
  2. Enrollment Certificate with GPA is provided.
  3. One letter of recommendation is provided.
  4. An essay is provided.

____________________________________________________________________

RUBRIC – Application point system (for a 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 <= 2.69 GPA
Points_______

— Essay/statement (total of 20 points). Essay includes the following:

  • Honors received  (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent (3 honors or more)
3 pts = Very Good (2 honors)
1 pt = Good (1 honor)
Points_______

  • Sources of financial support (family, employment, scholarships)  (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent, shows strong personal initiative
3 points = Very Good
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • 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
Points________

  • Career plans after graduation (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent, strong sense of personal goals
3 pts = Good
2 pts = Average
Points___________

Total Points:__________


2022 Gloria Mata Pennington Scholarship

The Gloria Mata Pennington Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to a Latina enrolled in a college or university (undergraduate) in the Greater Austin area*. This scholarship is for a Latina first-generation student only. First-generation student is classified as: 1) Neither applicant’s parents or legal guardians have completed a bachelor’s degree; 2) Applicant’s parents/guardians may have earned an associate degree, have taken college courses, or be in the process of taking college courses; 3) Applicant is the first person from her family to attend college.

The eligible applicant is getting the first four-year bachelor’s degree in her household/family, making her a “first-generation” student (even if a sibling is getting one, too).
*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Austin

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RUBRIC – Application point system (for a maximum of 30 points):

– All parts of the application are complete, including 1) an “Enrollment Certificate with GPA” from an accredited, area institution of higher education; 2) a complete online application; 3) a current letter of recommendation describing applicant’s academic performance, ethics, family background, and character; and 4) an essay or statement. (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent – application is clear and complete
3 pts = Good – application is complete
0 pts = incomplete
Points __________

– GPA (5 points)

5 pts = 3.67 GPA or better
4 pts = 3.66 GPA – 2.7 GPA
3 pts = 2.69 – 1.7 GPA
Points_______

– Essay/statement (total of 20 points). Essay includes the following:

  • Description of parent(s) and or guardian(s) education level and applicant’s cultural ancestry (5 points).

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 pts = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • Description of financial need  (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 points = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • Employment and/or financial resources (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 points = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points________

  • Educational goals and a time frame for accomplishing them (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 points = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points___________

Total Points:__________

2022 Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship

The Mitty Guerra Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2000, is awarded annually to a Latina residing in the Greater Austin area* who has shown determination in overcoming barriers and is in need of financial assistance to accomplish her educational goals. Applicants must be enrolled in a postsecondary school. Applicants may be enrolled in an accredited technical or vocational school, an accredited community or junior college with certificate programs, or a four-year college or university. Any area of study is acceptable. Note: Two scholarships will be awarded to applicants.
*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Austin

REQUIRED: Applicant provides certified proof of enrollment (program/school document) at an area technical/vocational school, community or junior college, or four-year college or university.

____________________________________________________________________

RUBRIC – Application point system (for a maximum of 30 points):

— All parts of the application are complete: 1) proof of enrollment and GPA; 2) a complete online application; 3) a current letter of recommendation from an instructor or employer describing the applicant’s community, academic, or job performance, her ethics, and character; and 4) an essay or statement. (5 points)

5 pts = Excellent (application and letter are clear and complete)
3 pts = Good (application is complete)
0 pts = incomplete
Points __________

— GPA (5 points)

5 pts = 3.67 GPA or better
4 pts = 3.66 GPA – 2.7 GPA
3 pts = 2.69 – 1.7 GPA
Points:_______

— A statement/essay (total of 20 points) of at least 500 words. The essay must include:

  • Description of barriers to education  (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 pts = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • Description of needs and responsibilities (children, parents, siblings, or spouse) (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 pts = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • Employment and/or financial resources (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 pts = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points_______

  • Educational goals and a time frame for accomplishing them (5 points)

5 – 4 pts = Excellent (outstanding)
3 pts = Good (clear and complete)
2 pts = Average
Points_______

Total Points:__________