Helen L. Hawk-Windes Honors Program Scholarship

CSUB has offered special honors classes for its very best students since the fall of 1980.  What began as a two-year general education Honors Program was expanded to a four-year program in 1998 when Mrs. Helen Hawk Windes, a local philanthropist, donated one million dollars in support of its activities.  Approximately 300 students are currently enrolled in the Hawk Honors Program, which provides classes with CSUB’s finest faculty members, registration priority, scholarships, enjoyable social events, a special honors lounge, and other unique educational opportunities available only to members of this distinctive program.  Unlike honors courses traditionally offered at the high school level, the honors classes at CSUB are not graded more severely than their non-honors counterparts.  These courses do, however, provide a chance for our top students to interact with other extremely bright, high-achieving undergraduates from throughout our service region in classes that are exciting, stimulating, and intellectually challenging.

Award Criteria: Admitted into the CSUB Honors Program.
***Must complete 2 of the 4 supplemental questions.

Supplemental Questions
  1. "Fundamental aspects of our identity regarding our gender, sexuality, race, and class have been socially and culturally constructed.” What does this mean? Do you agree with the statement? If so, what does this tell you about the existing infrastructures?
  2. Describe a recent achievement of your own in any field of endeavor, splitting the account into two sections: the process (the journey) and the completed task (the destination) Decide which one is more valuable to you, the journey or the destination. Can you think of an occasion where you did not achieve your intended goal but still found value in the process of trying to achieve it? Discuss
  3. Please read the following quote from Malala Youfazai’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and answer the questions that follow.“We had a thirst for education, we had a thirst for education because our future was right there in that classroom. We would sit and learn and read together. We loved to wear neat and tidy school uniforms and we would sit there with big dreams in our eyes. We wanted to make our parents proud and prove that we could also excel in our studies and achieve those goals, which some people think only boys can. But things did not remain the same. When I was in Swat, which was a place of tourism and beauty, suddenly changed into a place of terrorism. I was just ten that more than 400 schools were destroyed. Women were flogged. People were killed. And our beautiful dreams turned into nightmares. Education went from being a right to being a crime. Girls were stopped from going to school. When my world suddenly changed, my priorities changed too. I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up. We could not just stand by and see those injustices of the terrorists denying our rights... It is not time to tell the world leaders to realise how important education is - they already know it - their own children are in good schools. Now it is time to call them to take action for the rest of the world's children.” Please discuss the importance of education and access to education. Discuss the role of education in your life and what the absence of education would be like. Be sure to discuss the injustices faced when access to education is revoked or limited. Also, propose changes that you can make to bring awareness to this issue.
  4. You hear a stranger saying the following: “Don’t give me this nonsense about justice. We all know that justice is simply a matter of the law. And who makes the law? Those in power make the law. And for whose benefit do they make it? Simply for their own! For most of us being just is a disadvantage, not a good thing--except as a sort of strategy for managing in society without getting clobbered. You are so naïve!!!” Do you agree with the stranger’s view on justice? Defend your answer.