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Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship

Eight-year-old Aimee Melissa Davis was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on Thanksgiving of 1983 — but she never let diabetes define her. She was an active girl who loved running, writing poetry, and hanging out with her friends and her beloved dog, Mojo.

Ten years later, three weeks after turning 18 and just starting college, Aimee died from complications related to her diabetes. Her family decided to use the proceeds from a small life insurance policy and memorial to create a scholarship fund in Aimee’s name.

In 1994 the Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship began providing an annual $500 college scholarship to high school graduates diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The scholarship has grown and now awards $5,000 annually. By 2000, however, the family wanted more personalized management of the scholarship and better preservation of the fund — and they turned to Austin Community Foundation.

“The ACF Scholarship Committee has included our family in an informal advisory role in its decision-making process for each year’s scholar,” says David Davis, Aimee’s father.

“Under the management of ACF the fund has grown so that our annual scholarship has increased from the initial $500 to $5,000 for the past several years. We have now provided nearly 20 scholarships in the Austin area in Aimee’s memory.”

Through the managed growth of the fund and additional donations, the Davis family hopes to increase the number of scholarships awarded in the future — and plan to continue the program until a cure is found for Type 1 Diabetes.

“We have met and had the good fortune of supporting remarkable young women and men,” David says. “With Aimee’s help they have become health care providers, professional athletes, fundraisers for nonprofits focused on finding a cure, and many other wonderful occupations. We have been blessed by the employees and volunteers at ACF who share in that celebration. While Aimee’s memory is always in our hearts and minds, Aimee’s family and friends are able to celebrate her life through the lives and accomplishments of the young women and men who have shared Aimee’s life journey.”

—Shelley Seale