2019 Jim Dodson Law Scholarship for Brain Injury Victims & Their Caregivers

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  • Over 1.3 million Americans fall victim to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year. For many brain injury victims, once effortless day-to-day tasks are now a challenge. As a result, some TBI sufferers have had to become more reliant on family members for everyday life. While striving to overcome these challenges, many brain injury victims and their families also dream of pursuing or to continue pursuing a college education, but the significant financial burden of injury-related medical bills can make this lifelong goal seem impossible. Florida accident attorney, Jim Dodson wants to help make this dream more possible.

    Jim has seen the life-changing toll TBIs take on their victims and their caregivers. Jim’s personal experience representing brain injury victims and his strong belief in the value of a college education lead him to create a $1,000 college scholarship offered specifically to injury victims and their loved ones.

Scholarship Details & Guidelines:

In addition to the essay applicants must::

  • Have a 2.75 GPA
  • Must be either a graduating senior in high school or currently enrolled part time or full time in college.
  • While academic success need not be a determining factor, each applicant must demonstrate a capacity for success in their chosen field.

To apply, please complete the application attached at the top of the page along with writing a 500 word (or less) essay on this topic: Tell us how having a brain injury has changed your life. If you are a caregiver or a family member of someone who has a brain injury, please write your essay on how it has impacted you and/or your family’s life. Your essay should not exceed 500 words and should briefly relate your personal experience with a TBI or the TBI of a loved one.

Please fill out your completed application and 500 word (or less) essay on the topic mentioned above by no later than midnight on August 30, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your application. Good luck!

Note: By submitting an essay, you grant Jim Dodson Law a royalty‚Äźfree license to copy, distribute, modify and display your essay on Jim Dodson Law’s website, social media networks and in their marketing materials. By submitting an essay, you allow Jim Dodson Law to share your essay with news organizations and give permission for your submission to be broadcasted by news organizations. You also verify no other person or organization has a copyright interest in your essay.

Click here to fill out the Jim Dodson Law Scholarship Application


Our 2019 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Jacob!

Congratulations to Jacob who won our scholarship dedicated to helping brain injury victims & their caregivers! Jacob sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) serving as a United States Army Infantryman. He said that "I was faced with a devastating reality that I would no longer be able to serve in the United States Army. After being medically retired, I was lost and looking for a purpose that was fulfilled by my duties as a non-commissioned officer." Jacob's goal is to attend nursing school at the State College of Florida. He said "Having spent years in therapy with outstanding and caring medical professionals, I have determined that the best way to show my appreciation for the support I have received, is to pursue a career as a registered nurse."

To find more about Jacob's inspiring story and how his life has been affected by his traumatic brain injury you can read his scholarship essay here.

Our August 2018 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Kevin!

Congratulations to Kevin, the recipient of Jim Dodson Law's Scholarship for Brain Injury Victims & Their Caregivers. Kevin is a student at Temple University in Pennsylvania. Outside of school, he volunteers at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. In 2008, while serving as a United States Marine, Kevin was injured in a mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this mission he was impacted with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while sitting inside of a military vehicle. A year after this incident he was evaluated by the mental health clinic in 29 Palms, California and was diagnosed with having a TBI.

To find more about Kevin's inspiring story and how his life has been affected by his traumatic brain injury you can read his scholarship essay here.

Our December 2017 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Ryen!

Congratulations to Ryen, the recipient of Jim Dodson Law's Scholarship for Brain Injury Victims & Their Caregivers. Ryen is a student at Minnesota State University at Mankato. Outside of school, he volunteers in a variety of charitable causes that impact a wide range of people including Relay for Life at Homestead High School, Feed My Starving Children and the Red Cross. In 2014, Ryen was in a baseball accident where he suffered a moderate traumatic brain injury. He said that "in a way, TBI has made me a better person. This experience has shown me that even when I am knocked down (literally), that doesn’t mean I am out."

You can read Ryen's essay here. We found his story to be very inspiring.

Hannah, Scholarship RecipientOur June 2017 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Hannah!

Congratulations to Hannah, the recipient of Jim Dodson Law's Scholarship for Brain Injury Victims & Their Caregivers. Hannah is a student at the University of Delaware where she is studying Economics. Outside of school, she volunteers at the Luthern Campus Ministry in Newark where she maintains the ministry's property and oversees the weekly meals. Hannah said that "this accident, in some ways, has made me stronger, and taught me that I am capable of anything. Now, when I am faced with a challenge, I remember what I have gone through and how I have come out stronger. I know I will be able to handle anything that comes my way."

You can read Hannah's essay here. We found her story and many of our other applicant's stories to be truly amazing and inspiring.


Aubrey, Scholarship RecipientOur November 2016 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Aubrey!

Congratulations to Aubrey, the recipient of Jim Dodson Law's Scholarship for Brain Injury Victims & Their Caregivers. Aubrey is a student at Florida State College of Jacksonville where he is studying to become a physical therapist. In between classes, he volunteers at Brooks Rehabilitation Center each week. Following Aubrey's car accident where he sustained a brain injury, he encountered many therapists who encouraged and motivated him to not give up and to pursue his dreams in life. Since his accident he speaks to various local groups about the importance of making good decisions, wearing a seatbelt, and overcoming obstacles. His senior year of high school he videotaped an inspirational video that he uses for his speaking engagements.

You can view Aubrey's video and read his essay here. We found his story and many of our other applicant's stories to be truly amazing and inspiring.


Alexis, Scholarship RecipientOur May 2016 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Alexis!

Congratulations to Alexis, the recipient of JDL's $1500 college scholarship. Alexis' 90 second video, how to S.T.O.P. Distracted Driving, was chosen for it's important safety message as well as for her expressive delivery.

A student at Indiana Wesleyan, Alexis had this to say this when Jim presented her with the check, "This scholarship really means a lot to me... I start clinicals this semester as I go into my sophomore year of nursing so I am really thankful because it will help me earn my education."


Our 2015 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Kevin!

We want to congratulate the first recipient of the Jim Dodson Law Scholarship, Kevin. Kevin attends the University of Florida and is currently the student body president. By winning the scholarship, Kevin received $1,500 to further his college education. You can watch the video he submitted here.

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