Tyler Reedy has received a 2013 Hawkinson Scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice in Minneapolis. He is the son of Lu Ann Hennings of Dysart, IA.
Hawkinson Foundation 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.
Reedy, 31, is using his scholarship to pursue a master's degree in social work at the University of Minnesota. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in Social Work and 2013 graduate of Iowa State University with master's degrees in History and Political Science.
A community organizer, Reedy has worked for change in the areas of health care, election reform and immigration. Through Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, he led efforts to oppose hog farm development and illegal dumping of industrial chemicals. His master's theses recommended policy changes to improve the lives of the marginalized poor in Benton Harbor, Michigan and in small Iowa towns.
Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 125 students from or attending schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.
The 2013 Hawkinson scholars will be recognized at the Foundation's Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 6, 2:30-4:30, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 1660 W. County Road B, Roseville, MN. The event is open to the public, but RSVP is requested at 612-331-8125.
For more information, contact the Foundation at 612-331-8125 or online at hawkinsonfoundation.org.