Santana Dotson Foundation
Committed to helping challenged students succeed
Santana Dotson Bio
Santana Dotson, a former defensive lineman for the Super Bowl XXXI Champion Green Bay Packers began his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. Santana played one season with the Washington Redskins. He was named NFL Defensive Rookie of The Year. He had a standout collegiate career at Baylor University – Waco, TX. He is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Baylor Hall of Fame.
Mr. Dotson sits on the Board of Directors for Texas Orthopedic Hospital and is the celebrity spokesperson for Project Love Santa’s Angels, a 501c(3) non profit organization for kids.
Santana has been fortunate in achieving his goals, and has made a commitment to help others. The Santana Dotson Foundation was established in 1992. His goal was to provide financial and emotional support needed by economically challenged yet deserving high school students. Santana has supported this cause every year since its inception.
In 1998, he started the Celebrity Fundraiser Weekend. He felt that he could make a larger impact by collaborating with athletes, businesses, media and entertainers. The weekend revolves around a celebrity pool tournament, silent auction, youth sports camp, after party and crawfish boil.
The inner city of Houston, Texas is a place where a generation of poverty is known all to well. Jack Yates Senior High School is placed in the middle of this community’s struggle to keep its head above water. The demographic data for the area includes a large number of young, low-income single parent homes.
Studies have shown that this reason alone is a major factor in high school drop out rates. Another disheartening fact is that this school sits directly between two institutions of higher learning, i.e. (Texas Southern University and the University of Houston-Central), yet many of Yates student’s don’t believe they will ever see the inside of either school because of financial situations.
THE SANTANA DOTSON SPONSORSHIP FOUNDATION is designed to provide assistance to financially challenged, yet deserving inner city high school students. Recipients will receive assistance with financial aid and college selection, how to workshops that tutor the student in completing a college application, training with being a successful student, goal setting, interpersonal skills and the importance of personal integrity.
The recipients are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA, submit an essay and volunteer time to a non-profit organization and or neighborhood improvement project. This teaches the recipient the importance of “giving back” and assisting others in need.
The success of our program is measured by the number of students that not only enroll in college but by those who obtain a degree, and those who use their good fortune to give back to the community.
If you are interested in applying for a Santana Dotson Foundation Scholarship, please contact us at the Foundation Hotline, which is listed below.
Telephone: (713) 413-2782
Please click HERE to download a Foundation Scholarship Application in PDF format.