2017 Dodson Law Scholarship for Brain Injury Victims & Their Caregivers

Deadline:  June 30, 2017 (Applications must be emailed before midnight).
Download the application here.

  • 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
  • Currently enrolled in a four year college either part time or full time.
  • 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 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 submit your completed application and 500 word essay on the topic mentioned above by no later than Midnight on June 30, 2017 to [email protected] or via regular mail at:

Jim Dodson Law
c/o Kati
310 Wildwood Way
Clearwater, FL 33756

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.

Download the Jim Dodson Law Scholarship Application

Our November 2016 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Aubrey!

Congratulations to Aubrey Thompson, 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.


Our May 2016 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Alexis!

Congratulations to Alexis Rutt, 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."

You can watch the video Alexis submitted here.


Our 2015 Scholarship Recipient ~ Congrats, Kevin!

We want to congratulate the first recipient of the Jim Dodson Law Scholarship, Kevin Doan. 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.