Scholarship to honor memory of Kennesaw State student


KENNESAW, Ga. (May 27, 2021) — Two parents grieving the unexpected loss of their daughter during her sophomore year at Kennesaw State University have partnered with the KSU Foundation to create the Amyah K. Dowdy Memorial Scholarship to honor her memory.

Sean Dowdy and PaTrice Wapples established a $75,000 endowment that will provide financial assistance to students in the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences. KSU students who are studying interactive design, which had been Amyah’s major, and/or political science, another of her many passions, are eligible to apply.

“Amyah didn’t want the world to change her; she wanted to change the world,” Wapples said. “To see others carry on that goal and that dream would be fulfilling to us. We know that many young adults want to see a change in the world, and that is what Amyah truly desired.”

At just 20 years old, Amyah had plans for how the next decade of her life would unfold. The vision board that hung in her room at KSU showcased just how big her plans were. 

“She kept a bucket list of things she wanted to do while she was in her 20s. I found it in her things after she passed,” Amyah’s mother remembered. “She wanted to get her pilot’s license and travel the world, live abroad and achieve balance.

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