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Our Mission

The William J. Dowdy Foundation is a 501 C (3) tax exempt non profit organization established in 2006. Our mission is to provide children in the greater Newark, NJ area with increased opportunities for exposure to the Arts, Culture, Science and Athletics. In addition, we look to empower our youth by providing scholarship benefits to assist in laying a strong foundation for their future.

  • The William J. Dowdy Foundation is committed to the following:

    • Providing scholarships for higher education
    • Implementing crisis intervention and disaster relief programming
    • Developing community based projects to better serve the area
  • 2022 William J. Dowdy Foundation Scholarship Application Apply Here!


In line with our vision of promoting literacy within the community, we recently gave away gifts to students in the city of Orange who have combined to read over a million pages of literature. . .Congratulations!

2022 Scholarship Winners

Hallia Robinson
University High School

Ifeoluwa  Olowoopejo
University High School

Tyrell Weir
Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

Mariama Berete
Central High School

Amir Chase
University High School

Jasmine Guaillasaca
Essex County Newark Tech

Vanessa Iwuoha
Essex County Newark Tech

Janel  Morales
Saint Vincent Academy

Janelys Morales
Saint Vincent Academy

Janellen Morales
Saint Vincent Academy

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