Throughout my life God has blessed me in many ways. Along my journey he has brought good people into into my life.  He brings people into our lives for a season and within that time period we are suppose to be blessed through that relationship. Sydney-Chanele is my great gift! Throughout our 18 years of love I have been truly blessed. She brought out the best in me, she made me a better person. 

Her passion, strong will and indomitable spirit has left an impression on me that I will cherish forever. We had so many dreams and plans left undone when our season came to an end. Although she is not here with me physically, our spirits are fused and together we will finish what we started.  I will carry her torch and finish her work. I have peace in knowing, through her God has given me the roadmap to complete my journey. Through us, his work will be done!

For those of you who were blessed to know her, you know how infectious her spirit was.  She was in your lives for a reason and you have to decipher how to use what she gave you in your journey.


Female writers entering as freshmen with at least a 3.0 GPA from high school and an acceptance letter from an accredited college.

Female writers continuing in an accredited college with at least 2.7 GPA.

Freshmen must have two letters of recommendation from educators in the English/Arts/Humanities Department at her high school.

First time continuing education applicants must have two letters of recommendation from instructors in her writing field of endeavor.

Applicant must write a 500 word paper demonstrating their writing skills completing the following statement: "In ten years my writings will be..."

Female writers meeting the above criteria and living in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia or attending the Sherman Street Church of God in Anderson, Indiana are eligible to apply.

There will be two initial awards of $1000 made during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students may reapply on an annual basis. The Scholarship will be administered and distributed through the Ebenezer AME Church Scholarship Program.

Aaron L. Dawkins

President of the Fund

About Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Sydney-Chanele Dawkins is an award-winning feature filmmaker, film curator, film festival producer and a theater/film critic and arts writer. She also serves as an impassioned advocate for the Arts as Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts in Alexandria, VA. Fearless. Tenacious. Passionate. Loyal. These characteristics best describe Sydney-Chanele's approach to life, her enthusiasm for live theater and the arts, and her cinephile obsession with world cinema.

​​Her successful first film, 'Modern Love is Automatic' premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and made its European debut at the Edinburgh Film Festival. She recently completed her third film, the animated - 'The Wonderful Woes of Marsh' - which is rounding the film festival circuit. In 2013, Sydney-Chanele produced the box office hit,Neil Simon's Rumors for the McLean Community Players at Alden Theater, Her next producing effort in 2014 is Pearl Cleage's 'Blues for an Alabama Sky' for Port City Playhouse. Programmer for Cinema Art Bethesda and Co Chair of the Film Program for Artomatic, Sydney-Chanele is the past Festival Director of the Alexandria Film Festival, the Reel Independent Film Festival, and Female Shorts & Video Showcase.

She was active in leadership and programming positions with DC Metro area Film Festivals including: Filmfest DC, DC Shorts, the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Arabian Sights Film festival, and AFI Docs.  Sydney-Chanele Dawkins passed away on July 8, 2015, at age 47, after a battle with Breast Cancer.

My testimony

Submit your application and all supporting documentation to: Ebenezer AME Church 7707 Allentown Road Fort Washington, MD 20748