On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott received the Silent Warrior Award from the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation. Established by the Honorable Augustus Freeman Hawkins during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Foundation was created to develop highly trained workers through robust educational support. Congressman Hawkins, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was known in Congress as the “Silent Warrior” for his determination to tackle social issues and secure equal educational opportunities for all. Congressman Scott received the Silent Warrior Award for his work on behalf of the nation’s students and working families as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation for my work on issues that impact the lives of students and working families,” said Rep. Scott. “I share his vision for America and in this Congress, I fight to protect and promote the right to equal educational opportunities for all students. “As one of the four principal authors of the Every Student Succeeds Act, I worked to make sure that we honored the civil rights legacy of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure that every child has access to a quality education. As Congress looks ahead to reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, I am committed to expanding Gus Hawkins’ vision by ensuring that access to both a quality education and an affordable education remains a top priority.”