Indianapolis Urban League

2022 The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship

The Indianapolis Urban League is pleased to introduce The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship Program endowed by Kaaren and Mike Rodman in honor of their parents Shirley and Allen Burke and Faye and Hubert Dabner to ease the financial barriers for students of color seeking a post-secondary degree who is committed to achievement and making a significant impact on their post-secondary institution through leadership and service.

The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship award recipient will receive a $5,000 educational scholarship applied over four years at $1,250 per year.  The recipient is also eligible to receive The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship Assistance Fund, up to $1,000 over four years of undergraduate studies for non-academic needs or unforeseen emergencies, in recognition of needs beyond traditional academic costs.

Burke,dabner, Rodman Family Scholarship 2019

In speaking of their parents, Kaaren and Michael Rodman had these thoughts to share:

 “Like all African-American parents of their generation, our parents believed that education was the key to a better life for their children. They knew that getting there would not be easy, so they were clear about the need to study hard and to get good grades. They were tough sometimes, but mostly they were nurturing, supportive and inspiring by example.  They wanted us to love learning and to stay focused on the goal of preparing ourselves for careers and lives that would make a difference for our children and our community. We became a teacher, a banker, a musician and a physician, and they were really, really proud. The Burke, Dabner, Rodman Scholarship Program gives us the opportunity to thank them and to give back in a way that honors them and recognizes all they did for us.”

Read about last year’s award recipient