Scholarships and Internships

Metropolitan Sickle Cell Task Force offers scholarships and will be offering opportunities for internships. Please contact us for more information about the internship program.

Gertrude Dawson Scholarship

The Gertrude Dawson Scholarship is made available each year to a graduating high school senior with sickle cell disease that wishes to pursue a continuing education program. Application deadline is at the end of June. Maximum yearly amount for scholarship awards is $5000 and the specific amount for each award depends on the number of applicants. Please contact us for more information.
Application Form: Gertrude-Dawson-Scholarship-Application

Debra C. Carter Scholarship

Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force is excited to announce the Debra C. Carter Scholarship Fund to provide individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease in Washington State an opportunity to achieve their educational goals through higher education. The scholarship is sponsored by Roc Harris owner of Westcoast Material and Handling Inc. Maximum yearly amount for scholarship awards is $500. Please contact us for more information.

About Debra C. Carter

Debra was born May 27, 1951, in Detroit Michigan but relocated to Spokane with her family at the age of six. She was the second to the youngest out of five children.

At the age of four she was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. Debra’s childhood and adult years consisted of many challenges, spending a great amount of time in hospitals and medical clinics. Although she was confronted with battling sickle cell her zeal for life was not curtailed.

Debra was a leader in school and became the president of The Girl’s League her senior year of High School and was the first in the family to obtain a college degree, graduating from Whitworth College outside of Spokane in 1973.

Being adventurous, her journey led her into Europe, one of her dream trips, where she accepted a temporary job as a tour guide, driving groups of people in a Volkswagen bus.

Debra’s love for humanity and her willingness to reach out to others brought her into a lifelong commitment as a volunteer for the Crisis and Rape Clinic, spending countless late hours assisting those in crisis.

Debra’s passion for politics got her involved in the political arena. She became one of the youngest Washington Delegates ever selected and served at the Democratic Convention in 1975 and 1979.

Debra also held the position of Affirmative Action Specialist for the city of Spokane and served on the board of the YWCA.

Debra’s most precious attribute was her positive outlook on life which served a role model for both young and old. She saw life as an opportunity and adventure. She aspired and achieved goals that were set at a high standard. Debra turned her adversities into bridges that brought her to her goals and dreams.