The Rhoda M. Dorsey Scholars Program

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams

Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey, Goucher's 8th and longest continuously serving president, influenced generations of Goucher students. From her early days as an assistant professor of history to her volunteer work upon her retirement, she mentored, encouraged, and inspired the Goucher community to greatness.

She was also nationally known and respected for her leadership in civic engagement and higher education.

Dr. Dorsey passed away in June 2014. In her honor, Goucher is developing the Dorsey Scholars Program. This exclusive leadership program offers outstanding students with exceptional leadership potential an annual $5,000 scholarship in addition to any other academic awards received.

These emerging leaders will develop their leadership skills both on and off campus, through opportunities to connect with visiting notables, complementary coursework, and volunteer service in the local community.

They will continue Dr. Dorsey's enduring commitment to ethical civic leadership and strategic community engagement, building on the principle that becoming a strong leader requires a deep understanding of how individuals, organizations, and communities collaborate most effectively together, and that strong, sustainable communities are built from the inside-out. 

You can make this program a reality.

Several funding opportunities exist:

  • Gifts below the $5,000 level will support the general Dorsey Scholars Fund.
  • $5,000 will support a single student for one year.
  • $20,000 (5k per year over four years) will fund and name a single student for his/her four years.
  • $100,000 is the threshold to endow a Dorsey Scholar, a gift that will live on in perpetuity.

Naming opportunities:

You will also be able to include your name with each scholarship provided.

Please join us with a gift today in honor of this beloved leader.

Make a Gift

If you have any questions about the Dorsey Scholars Program, please contact Adam Siegel or Susan Cohen.