Donna was a pioneer in the Right of Way profession as one of the few female agents. In 1986, she was named “Professional of the Year” by Chapter 2 and in 1991 became Chapter 2’s President. Her career flourished at Contra Costa County, where she was promoted to the position of Principal Real Property Agent, retiring in August of 2000. On July 14, 2001, she passed away after losing her battle with cancer.

Because of her dedication to the profession, Donna wanted to establish a scholarship program for chapter members and their dependents to assist in funding their college educations.donna2

Her husband Steve honored this wish by establishing the Donna Dawkins Memorial Scholarship in her memory. Chapter 2 continues to assist Steve by submitting applications to him every year to consider for these scholarships. In this way, Donna’s pioneering spirit and belief in community service live on in the generations of individuals who make their dreams possible through higher learning.

This committee is responsible for the review of applications, recommend scholarship recipients, based on the established criteria listed below, to the Executive Board and Steve.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Members of the IRWA Chapter 2 and their spouses, children, step children, grandchildren and step grandchildren.
  • High School graduates or students who will be graduates during the current academic year.
  • Students attending two or four-year accredited institutions of higher learning or accredited graduate or professional schools.


Committee Chair:
Alesia Strauch, SR/WA, R/W-RAC
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit

Donna Dawkins Scholarship Committee