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Tamara Hayes Receives Hawkinson Scholarship

St. Davids, PA, October 2, 2012: Eastern University graduate student Tamara Hayes has received a 2012 Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship for Peace and Justice in Minneapolis, MN. This scholarship was given in recognition of her efforts to promote a more peaceful and just world.

A native of St. Paul, MN, Hayes is pursuing a master’s degree in International Development at Eastern University. Prior to enrolling at Eastern, Hayes spent six years in Ethiopia with the Mennonite Central Committee, working closely with a community of people living with HIV. Hayes was involved with creating a fair-trade jewelry business, a school for children, a health clinic, and housing.

“Tamara has a strong work ethic and a deep commitment to the poor. She brings a passion for meeting immediate needs as well as addressing root causes of poverty and injustice,” said Daniel Leonard, Mennonite Central Committee Country Representative.

Hayes is one of five students receiving Hawkinson Foundation scholarships this year. The scholarships are aimed at encouraging students who have already demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice to strive for those values in their educational pursuits and in their personal and professional lives. Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 125 students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.

For more information, contact the Hawkinson Foundation at 612.331.8125.

Eastern is a Philadelphia Christian University which integrates faith, reason and justice for its 4,400 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional, Seminary, urban and international programs.

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