Hawkins-Williams Educational Scholarship Award

Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021
Click here for the Application Form

The following topics have been selected by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission because they are relevant in our society today and they encompass some of the basic principles of human rights. Please give the topic some thought and through a personal essay, describe how that change would better prepare you for life after high school.

THEME: If there was one thing you could change about your High School experience, what would you change? And why?

PRIZE: $ 1000.00

A. The contest is open to any 2021 Graduating Senior that attends a school within the Michigan City Area Schools. The Scholarship will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Human Rights (Community Service Involvement) - 35%
  2. Academics - 25%
  3. Essay - 35%
  4. Extracurricular Activities - 5%

B. The entry packet MUST include:

  1. A copy of high school transcripts. Home-schooled students should supply proof of Graduation.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from teachers, service providers, or community mentors
  3. The scholarship application.
  4. Proof of acceptance at a college, university, trade/vocational, technical or Internet-based institution of higher learning
  5. The essay.
  6. A detailed account of community service hours given over the 2020-2021 school year.

C. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words NO EXCEPTIONS. The essay must be typed double-spaced on plain paper in APA format.

Judges chosen by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission will select the winner. All
entries will be judged anonymously and become property of the Michigan City Human Rights

Applications may be submitted online using our Application Form or paper applications can be obtained in the Michigan City Human Rights Department at City Hall located at 100 East Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, Indiana 46360.