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Hawkins Scholarship

The Hawkins Scholarship, established by the President of UTEP, will provide two $10,000 scholarships to two UTEP students of outstanding intellect and character, who are committed to the service of others, and who show promise of becoming leaders capable of addressing important challenges facing humanity. The scholarship may be awarded to a student in any field.

Each $10,000 scholarship may be used to pay for tuition, fees, room, board, books or other educational expenses, including the cost of special educational experiences abroad or away from campus, or other expenses to complete or enhance the applicant’s undergraduate education at UTEP in preparation for the student’s graduate education.

The application for the 2020 cycle is now closed.

  • Be a UTEP junior (planning to graduate May 2022) who intends to apply for admission and attend graduate school in the fall of 2022

  • At least 17 years old and must not have passed their 23rd birthday on 1 October 2020

  • Will have completed an undergraduate degree at UTEP not later than July 2022

  • Citizens of any country

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Academic excellence

  • Moral force of character and instinct to lead in ways important to mankind

  • Energy to use their talents to the fullest as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theater and artistic pursuits

  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.

  • Financial need is not a criteria for selection.
  • Applicants must submit the completed scholarship application to the Office of Scholarships no later than 11:59pm on October 5, 2020.

    Applications will include:

    • A full resume (curriculum vitae) which should include details about academic qualifications, honors, prior scholarships, leadership roles, employment, accomplishments, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments. The resume should not exceed two letter size pages in length using12 point font.

    • An essay, not to exceed 1,000 words on letter sized pages with a minimum 12 point font. The essay is your chance to tell your personal story in your own voice. Who are you? What matters to you? What are you hoping to do in the world? What inspires you?  What are your passions?  Your academic transcript, and your curriculum vitae will provide the substantive detail of your commitments and accomplishments, but this essay gives you the opportunity to cast the overarching narrative for the selection committee. Discuss your aims and priorities and the contributions you have made and hope to make.  The statement should tell the selection committee what you want to study in graduate school and your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study after the completion of your undergraduate degree.  The personal statement is very important and it is highly recommended that applicants spend significant time and effort in composing this essay.  While the essay must be the student’s own work, students are encouraged to seek advice and feedback on their draft essays from others.

    • Academic transcript.

    • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which will be from a faculty member.

    • A head-and-shoulders color photograph in .jpg format. The photograph will be used, if need, upon announcing the award.

  • A selection committee appointed by the President will choose a list of finalists.

  • Finalists must attend a social event the evening of November 23, 2020.

  • Finalists must attend an interview on November 24, 2020.

  • Both the social event and interview will take place on or near the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas. Students should take this into account when applying for the scholarship.

  • The recipients of the scholarships will be announced by the President and the selection committee the evening of November 24, 2020.



October 5, 2020


November 24, 2020


November 24, 2020 (Evening)


The Hawkins Scholarship is named for First Lieutenant William Deane Hawkins. A resident of El Paso and an excellent student, Hawkins graduated from El Paso High School when he was 16 and was awarded a scholarship to attend The University of Texas at El Paso (formerly known as the Texas College of Mines) where he studied engineering. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Hawkins joined the Marine Corps. In November 1943, Lieutenant Hawkins selflessly led his men into action against Japanese-held Tarawa located in the Gilbert Islands. Sadly, he was killed in action during this effort. He risked his life to accomplish the mission inspiring his comrades during the most crucial phase of the battle. Lieutenant Hawkins was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts above and beyond the call of duty.


For more information contact:

Office of Scholarships
Mike Loya Academic Services Bldg., Rm. 202
500 W University, El Paso, Texas 79902