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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Hackworth Fellowships

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications from Santa Clara University sophomores and juniors for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications near the end of the current  academic year from Santa Clara University sophomores and juniors for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics. Selection of Fellows will be made before the close of the current academic year. Students who are selected as Fellows will serve in the fellowship as juniors and seniors during the following academic year.

The goal of the program is to have Fellows engage more deeply with the application of ethics to a topic of concrete concern, to complete an important project related to that concern, and to grow as an ethical leader. In order to pursue this goal, Fellows are expected either to develop their own programs in an area of interest to them or to work with existing programs at the Ethics Center. These programs can be on as wide a range of topics and use as wide a range of methods as are of interest to each fellow.  

The Fellowships are for the duration of senior year and have a stipend of $4,000.

The Hackworth Fellowships are supported by a gift from Joan and the late Michael Hackworth.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to spend 5 hours a week on Fellowship activities. Fellows are also expected, when possible, to participate in Ethics Center events. Some preparatory work may be required of Fellows during the summer before senior year.

Fellows are expected to be enrolled as students at SCU for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of their fellowship year.

Complete the Hackworth Fellowship Application. Students should provide along with the application a one-page statement of areas of interest and/or ideas for projects that might be pursued during their year as a Hackworth Fellow.

One letter of recommendation is required from a faculty or staff member.

Students must also submit a transcript. Transfer students need to provide a transcript from their previous college or university as well as their SCU transcript.

The Fellowship is open to students from all majors. However, a demonstrated interest in ethics is a factor in favor of an applicant.

This is a wonderful opportunity to do creative work at the intersection of ethics and a number of different fields. Fellowship projects might, for instance, engage with other students or with an on-campus organization on an ethical theme of great importance. Or a project might involve working on a topic in ethics with an off-campus organization. Or a project might involve doing a major research paper on a topic in applied ethics. Or a project might involve working closely with an Ethics Center staff member on a project in one of their respective fields like medical ethics, business ethics, government ethics, and more. Or a project might be something great that we haven't done before and that you come up with! 

2019-20 Hackworth Fellows


Alexa Williams

"I’m an SCU Sociology and Communication double major with a minor in Philosophy, and I’m from San Jose, California. My passion centers around applied ethics as a vehicle for social justice and progress. Ethics to me is about the betterment of our lives through the hands-on pursuit of justice and equality.”


Anthony Mejia

"I’m an SCU senior from Modesto, California, majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Ethics is important to me because it represents the intersection of theory and real world application. I believe ethics should play a significant role in our decision making and policy creation worldwide, in order to help create a more just society."



Delaney Nothaft

"I’m an SCU senior majoring in Communication with a minor in Philosophy, and I’m from Tempe, Arizona. This year, I’m looking forward to working on journalism ethics and The Santa Clara, the SCU student newspaper. Ethics is important to me because it guides human creativity and innovation. We all have the power to influence the structures that make the world turn.  Ethics is the check on ourselves, to ensure we use that power to ease suffering and help humanity flourish." 


Hana Seastedt

"I’m an SCU senior majoring in Public Health with a Biology minor, and following a premed path. Originally from La Jolla, California, I spent nine years living overseas, and graduated from high school in Vientiane, Laos. Ethics is important to me because I believe that every action has an ethical component that needs to be considered and analyzed before making a decision."


Katya Keklikian

"I’m a Philosophy and Communication double major, from Los Angeles, California. The study of ethics fascinates me, as there is often never one clear cut answer in any given situation. I love being able to work toward ethical solutions to problems."


Khiely Jackson

"I’m an SCU Ethnic Studies and Public Heath major from Vacaville, California. Ethics is important to me because it provides a framework for how we can understand and affect justice and change in our communities."


Lauren Cherrey

"I’m from Littleton, Colorado, and an SCU junior double majoring in Economics and Biology. As a new Hackworth Fellow, I’m excited about developing my ethical leadership abilities and refining my critical decision making and moral reflection skills, as they play an important role in both my academic and personal life."



Mariana Perera

"I’m an SCU senior from Pleasanton, California, majoring in Political Science, Communication, and Spanish. Ethics are important because they are a cornerstone to successful governments and democracy. Growing up in Mexico City and seeing the current U.S. political administration have both been strong influences for me. I think ethics are frequently on the backburner, and I’d like to see that change."



Parwana Khazi

"I am a Biology, Public Health, and Spanish triple major from Fremont, California. Ethics matters to me because it provides a framework for the decision making process that we all undergo on a daily basis. This ethical framework helps us maintain core principles, uphold morality, and do justice to the values upon which we define and build our humanity."

Patrick Wade

"I am a Finance and Economics double major at SCU from San Luis Obispo, California. Answering the ethical question: What is the right thing to do?' is pivotal to the daily decision making of SCU students as well as future leaders, so I’m excited to help envision new ways to engage the campus community on this topic."

Sahil Sagar

"I’m from Pleasanton, California, majoring in Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship. The role of ethics in our society is necessary because it heavily influences decisions made both in the present and the future. Ethics has the power to shape rules, societies, and people."

Shane Hughes

"I’m from Chicago, Illinois, and I study Political Science and Entrepreneurship at SCU. Ethics is important to me because I feel it’s crucial to be aware of the decisions we make, their moral implications, and the impact these decisions have on ourselves and on others around us."

Tiana Nguyen

"I’m a computer science major from San Jose, California. Growing up in Silicon Valley, I’ve witnessed the rapid developments in technology here, and appreciate the ability to link together our systems, data, and people. However, the emerging technologies today have quickly outpaced our capacity to consider their ethical implications. This is why collectively, it’s important to think critically about what kinds of vulnerabilities and compromises in privacy we’re creating with each added device and technological advancement."

William Nelson

"I’m an SCU senior Public Health and Biology double major from Sacramento, California. Ethics fascinates me because it allows us to make the best decisions possible. As a young professional, I want to be competent and compassionate throughout all aspects of my life.  I hope through my project this year to be able to analyze the values behind our structures, in order to make the best community health decisions possible."