Deborah Lynn Hawkins Special Educator Scholarship ($2,500)

The Deborah Lynn Hawkins Special Educator Scholarship is an annual award to Midland or Gladwin County residents who meet one of the following criteria: a) college or graduate students who are pursuing degrees in Special Education, or b) college or graduate students who are pursuing degrees in Occupational, Physical or Speech Therapy, but only if their main interest area is working with special education students. Preference will be for the former. A previous recipient may reapply, but may receive the scholarship no more than twice.  Grade point average and financial need are NOT major considerations in awarding this scholarship. The most important criterion is a strong desire on the part of the applicant to have a public school career working with severe special needs students. The essay for this scholarship should describe achievements, personal and career goals, and involvements which support commitment to career choice.