AFT 1493 Scholarships
2021 AFT 1493 Scholarships awarded to Nigel Hawkins and Hannah Hersey
AFT is pleased to announce that this year’s AFT 1493 Scholarships have been awarded to two outstanding students, both 2021 graduates: Nigel Hawkins (he/him), who graduated magna cum laude from Cañada with degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology; and Hannah Hersey (they/them), who graduated from CSM magna cum laude with degrees in English and Sociology. Both Nigel and Hannah plan to transfer to four-year universities to complete their BAs, Nigel in Sociology and Hannah in English. Both Nigel and Hannah will receive $500 scholarships to support them as they continue their education.
During his time at Cañada, Nigel was president of the Black Student Union, where he promoted practices that foster safety and equity for marginalized students. Nigel participated in the planning for our AFT Teach-In on Social Justice Unionism, but unfortunately was unable to take part in the teach-in itself due to a last-minute conflict. Nigel writes in his personal statement that “
AFT 1493 leaders know Hannah from their work as our AFT student intern. Among other remarkable contributions, Hannah had the idea for a campaign that would foster solidarity between students and part-time faculty by giving students suggestions for how to talk about adjunct working conditions with their professors. Hannah wrote in their personal statement that “