The Diane Dodds Women’s Empowerment Scholarship was created to help empower young women by assisting them as they pursue higher education. Scholarship recipients will be those who have proven a commitment to academics, community service and extracurricular activities.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a related field of study at an accredited college or university.
  • Strong academic performance, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Demonstrated community service and extracurricular activities.
  • A written application, including a personal statement as well as letters of recommendation from instructors, mentors or professionals.

Recipients of the women’s empowerment scholarship will receive financial assistance to cover expenses related to their education. The scholarship includes mentorship opportunities, lunch and learns and access to resources.


This scholarship honors the life of the brilliant, confident, fearless, and strong-willed young lady who never hesitated to speak her mind. She was the only daughter of Don and Patrice Dodds who died on June 8, 2021, 11 days after her 14th birthday. Her name, Diane Angela, literally means divine messenger of God.

Despite her young age, Diane had a deep understanding of the world and the struggles that people face. Diane’s death was a great loss to everyone who knew her, but her spirit lives on through the scholarship that bears her name.

This scholarship is designed to help students who share Diane’s passion for helping others and her commitment to making a difference in the world.