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Dawn Walker Lindley

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Bio

My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change, so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices.

Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Political Science and Government

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Public Health

Central Piedmont Community College

Associate's degree program
2020 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Central Piedmont Community College

Associate's degree program
2020 - 2022
  • Majors:
    • Criminal Justice and Corrections, General

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Research

    • Dream career goals:

    • School Nutrition Manager II

      Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
      2020 – Present4 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Boy Scouts — Boy Scout Leader
      2015 – 2021
    Dr. C.L. Gupta Young Scholars Award
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendocrineimmunology (PNEI) since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendocrineimmunology (PNEI) since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now.
    Connie Konatsotis Scholarship
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendocrineimmunology (PNEI) since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change, so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendocrineimmunology (PNEI) since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendocrineimmunology (PNEI) since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now.
    Robert Lawyer Memorial Scholarship
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendoimmunology since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now
    Debra S. Jackson New Horizons Scholarship
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendoimmunology since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now
    Sikora Drake Women in STEM Scholarship
    Winner
    I have been working towards a Ph.D. in Psychoneuroendoimmunology since the fall of 2020. It took me 22 years to be able to go to college, having to lose almost everything after a divorce and bankruptcy at the age of forty. I fell in love with the knowledge I was gaining and being able to find beauty in what most would consider not worth the time. As of right now, my studies are taking me deeper into understanding the human brain. A feat that until I began college, would have never thought twice about. My passion is understanding the disease of addiction, including substance abuse as my husband is terminally ill due to his own years of unchecked alcoholism. Being able to reach people, especially at the high school and adolescent age prior to them experiencing addiction is a life goal. Helping physicians, mental health providers, and communities understand the impact of early childhood trauma and how it plays a leading role into addictions even developing is the direction I am heading. They say knowledge is power, I choose to be the spark that helps ignite global social change so we stop needlessly losing our loved ones to their various vices. Currently, my work, schooling, and family keep me busy enough to not extend my time to extracurricular activities. Although my time is constricted at the moment, I am a Boy Scout Leader, having earned my Wood Badge, the highest leadership merit award they have. I have also taken the time to become a certified first responder for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Currently, I am one of two individuals certified to administer Narcan at Independence High School if a student or otherwise presents with opioid overdose symptoms. As a full-time employee with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a full-time student at both the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College, and a full-time mother and caregiver, receiving this scholarship will help relieve the burden of cost for my educational expenses. I was just informed that I no longer qualify for financial aid as my husband’s miniscule Social Security Disability payments count toward my yearly eligibility income. I will not be able to continue my educational journey without the help and support of scholarships such as this. It took me twenty-two years after I graduated high school to be able to attend college. I was just accepted into the highly competitive upper division of the Bachelor of Science Public Health program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I refuse to quit now