Scott-Hawkins Lecture Fund

The Scott-Hawkins Lecture Fund, which for years was managed under the auspices of the Office of General Education, has now been placed under the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. The DCII welcomes proposals for support from the Scott-Hawkins lecture fund. The DCII is particularly interested in proposals for speakers or events that can appeal to a broad interdisciplinary audience of students and faculty. As in the past we expect that applicants will seek other sources of funding to match the amount requested from the Scott-Hawkins fund.

For more information on applying, please view the application here


In 1917, Elmer Scott founded The Civic Federation of Dallas as a community-wide social service agency. Under Mr. Scott’s leadership, the Federation presented lectures, socials, dramas, and musical evenings. When the Federation was dissolved in 1958, the board of directors assigned its assets to SMU and asked that the annual income be used for the Scott-Hawkins Lectures. Gaynell Hawkins, was a 1917 graduate of SMU. Upon graduation, she began working for the Civic Federation, first as research secretary and later educational director. She moved on to other projects in 1940 and upon her retirement in 1965 she received the SMU Woman of Achievement Award.