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Gerald Dawkins
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Dr. Gerald & Gwen Dawkins First Chance Scholarship

Failure is Not an Option


It is an absolute honor to keep my husband's legacy alive by chartering the Dr. Gerald and Gwen Dawkins First Chance Scholarship. Gerald has always been a proponent of ALL students receiving a first-class education; and leveling the playing field of ALL students. Gerald came up through the ranks and eventually became superintendent in two school districts, and assistant superintendent for Grand Rapids Public School, he saw the financial needs of so many students and wanted to establish a scholarship to help address the needs. Because of this scholarship, he was able to reach out and make a difference in the lives of our Young, Gifted, and Black students. This gave him great joy.

While on his own educational journey Gerald received numerous awards and accolades. However, he was not focused on his achievements, but wanted to ensure that obstacles, and the many life challenges did not hinder a student's education. Seeing students succeed and move forward in life was extremely important to Gerald.

As we all know, the cost of a college education is very expensive! Such expenses can put the brakes on for many of our students pursuing higher education. This is a reality, especially for our Black students, who may lack the means to fund their education.

It is very important that an opportunity is provided for students who want to advance beyond their high school education. The Dr. Gerald and Gwen Dawkins First Chance Scholarship can remove roadblocks and open doors for students to attend the college of their choice and experience all that is awaiting them.

Will you join us and help remove roadblocks from a student's pathway? Will you help students open the door to success? If your response is "yes", we invite you to financially support the Dr. Gerald and Gwen Dawkins First Chance Scholarship. During the first year of Gerald's passing, please consider a gift of $100 or more by the end of the year. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged for your records. We thank you in advance for your support and will communicate our progress with you! I know Gerald would be pleased with our support of students.


Gwen Dawkins and Board members of Dr. Gerald and Gwen Dawkins First Chance Scholarship