Dakota Merriweather was born on November 14, 2000 in Omaha, Nebraska to Dennis Crump, Jr. and Dalila Merriweather. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Katy Taylor High School in Houston. Dakota’s greatest passion was dance. She performed with the Dazzling Gemz Cheer Team. Dakota was also a multi-sport athlete. She played basketball and competed as a sprinter in track and field. Dakota was a big influence in her community. She was a proud member of The Empowerment Center of Katy Church and B.E.A.U.T.Y. Mentoring. After graduating from high school, Dakota attended Texas Southern University to pursue studies in Health, Kinesiology, and Sports. She was in her third year at the university.
In the words of her sister, Terri:
“Dakota was an extraordinary woman. She was very energetic and independent. She did a lot of activities from track to basketball to dance. She volunteered to help with the Y.A.L.E. program just to help. She had just started an outstanding business call “Queen Lash Productions”. She got into Texas State University. Dakota was very excited when she got her first car. She was artistic, active and the most supportive person in the world. Whenever I was around Dakota I felt loved from her and I always admired everything she did. Dakota made me feel like I was important to her and she always was willing to help me anyway that she could.”
Ms. Merriweather was a very active member of the Youth Ambassador Leadership Education (Y.A.L.E.) program and valuable member of the Family Life and Community Resource Center (FLCRC) team. In 2018, she was the recipient of FLCRC Service-Learning Scholarship Award.
She freely gave of her time and energy while pursuing her college dreams at Texas Southern University. The Dakota Merriweather Scholarship will go to a high school student with outstanding character and service to the community. The characteristics of an outstanding senior for this award includes the following:
Evidence of outstanding character in school and the community