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JVS Educational Foundation Announces the Sandy Dodson Memorial Scholarship

The legacy of Lorain County JVS English Teacher Sandy Dodson will live on through a Memorial Scholarship in her name offered to JVS graduating seniors in need of financial assistance to further their education. Sandy’s husband, Gary Dodson, presented a check for $10,000 in scholarship funds to Superintendent Glenn Faircloth to be distributed through the Lorain County JVS Educational Foundation.

According to Mr. Dodson, Sandy loved teaching and helping her students achieve their dreams. When Sandy passed away the family knew they wanted to find a way to preserve her life’s work of helping to further students’ education, and the idea of a scholarship came to be.

Mr. Dodson shared that the scholarship is for students who have a true passion to grow their dreams into a career that makes them happy. Mr. Dodson shared a quote that his wife would often say, “A job is not work if you love what you do.”

According to Mr. Dodson, Sandy was born to be an educator. Her passion for teaching began after she graduated from Admiral King High School in 1968 and continued with her education at Bowling Green State University.

Sandy taught English at JVS for twenty-four years and said numerous times that the JVS was a place where she felt she was fulfilling her dream of helping and educating others.  Mr. Dodson believes his wife had a calling to make sure everyone had a chance to grow their dreams and further their life's work through education.

After retiring from teaching full-time, Sandy continued to be a substitute teacher at different local schools. She would share with her husband that she missed the interaction with the students regularly.

Mr. Dodson said that he feels the world needs to Sandy's and that she will be missed by everyone she touched with her beautiful smile and kind heart. “We all carry her dream to be helpful to others.”