We honor one of the original members of the TCGI team. It was in no small measure, through her hard work, dedication, industry knowledge and her attention paid to enhancing great customer relationships, that has allowed TCGi to succeed and thrive. And Dawna did all this while battling cancer.
We all shared champagne on the occasion of the announcement of her remission last year. Unfortunately, after fighting a good and valiant fight, Dawna passed away in May. We were all broken-hearted at the news. Her daughter, Daria, has come to our office several times and ironically has brought the whole team here, comfort, with her light and joy. Dawna was family and we all consider Daria and her family part of ours, always!
In addition to being our SAP expert and key member of the eProcure™ development team, she led TCGi’s volunteer efforts including Elijah’s Promise, the Franklin Food Drive and the 2016 Christmas Toy Drive in our building at 285 Davidson.
At Dawna’s funeral, in honor of her extraordinary life and service, Avis announced the Dawna J. Colbert Scholarship, whose purpose is “To provide funds for female and/or minority college students desiring to study Computer Science, IT or Engineering“. A 501(c)(3) is currently pending, awaiting IRS review. Donations can be given now and will be tax deductible once the charity gets its tax ID. You can head over to our Donate Page to send in donations towards Dawna's scholarship. Dawna’s 9 year old grandson has pledged the first dollar to honor his “Nana”.
Dawna was also a highly athletic individual. She was an avid runner, cyclist and personal fitness trainer.
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It’s happened again.. unbelievably and quite suddenly, TCGi lost another valued member of our family this year – John Fitzpatrick – proving once again that cancer is no respecter of persons.
When we lost Dawna Colbert a few years ago, we couldn’t imagine the heartbreak that would follow. Now to experience it once again with John leaves us speechless.
We want to honor them both for their incredible contributions to the growth and success of TCGi. They also fully embraced our mission and commitment to increase the participation of girls, women and people of color in technology. This is so critical to drive innovation and our ability to solve complex societal problems. John and Dawna got it, worked hard for it, and we will never forget them.
The TCGi Foundation, an IRS 501c3 non-profit organization, is committed to driving social change and increasing opportunities for girls and women in tech. We are seeking your help to ensure Black girls and women get every opportunity to succeed in tech and in life.
To support our mission, we have established the Dawna J. Colbert and John Fitzpatrick Scholarships in Computing Studies. Our goal is to bestow 2 scholarships every year to deserving undergraduate and graduate students studying technology.
We invite you to help us change lives and drive much-needed change in the world. Please join us.
· FULL TIME AND INCOMING COLLEGE STUDENT
· CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT OF U.S. AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
· INTENTIONS TO PERSUE DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, IT, OR ENGINEERING
· UNWEIGHTED GPA OF 3.5 OR HIGHER
· LEADERSHIP SKILLS
· BACKGROUND OF VARIOUS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY SERVICE, ETC.
· FEMALE AND/OR MINORITY STUDENT
· MAINTAIN A CUMULATIVE AVERAGE OF 3.0 OR HIGHER
· MAINTAIN A FULL TIME STUDENT STATUS (12 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM PER TERM)
· SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSRIPT OF GRADES EVERY TERM TO FOUNDATION
· COMPLETED FORM (LINK TO BASIC APPLICATION FORM)
· OFFICIAL COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL EDUCATIONS ATTENDED
· LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM FACULTY MEMBER (NO MAX # OF LETTERS)
· COPY OF MOST RECENT FAFSA APPLICATION AND SAR COPY
· COPY OF ACCEPTANCE LETTER TO ACCREDITED INSTITUTION
· COMPLETED ESSAY USING THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED HERE (details to come soon).
"When I first met Dawna, she had her hair wrapped in a gelee. I just thought that was a style choice. It was not until later that I found out that she had been battling a rare cancer. Dawna was the health maven in the office, a runner herself, she was always offering tips and proving healthy meals. She had a friend who made up healthy salads that we would buy on Thursday. In the office, Dawns was our procurement applications guru. We felt that it would be fitting to honor her with a scholarship for young women in STEM." -Denise Joyner West