The Topp Tier Dr. Brian Rodgers Memorial Scholarship

Who is Brian Rodgers?


Brian Rodgers was the first medical doctor in his family, in fact, the brother of Coach Billika Rodgers. He played sports as a get away from the stressors of high school and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Most important, he excelled academically as a Virginia Piedmont Governors School (Honors equivalent) attendee, where he learned the art of time management between higher learning and athletic participation. He continued from high school as an honor graduate on to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Again excelling in all he did, he continued to show his poverty-stricken family that through hard work and play we could all have a better life. His attendance in Grad School at the illustrious Campbell University in Cary, NC proved to be nothing short of outstanding as he worked in cancer research, maintaining his active lifestyle, and kicking butt in medical school without any funding from his single working-class mother.

While in medical school, Brian exhibited symptoms of arthritic pain, which he self-diagnosed prior to medical professionals confirming his diagnosis of Leukemia. He eventually had to lay down his sports ventures, but completed classes, thesis capstones, and his medical degree while withstanding chemo, illness, and struggles with depression. He never quit. He walked across the stage with the support of his family and friends all cheering him on.

Before Dr. Brian Wayne Rodgers made a dime of his lifelong dream of “the six figure life” his sisters and he dreamed of, doctors incidentally mistreated one fine day. It drained him of his life, but his legacy they could not take. Dr. Rodgers funeral hosted over 1,000 people of all classes. News crews shared his fight to promote excellence through opportunities that often go unshared. 

This scholarship is for those who see an opportunity but may not have the funds to get to that next level. Never let a dream die…go down with a fight. In the last words of Dr. Brian Rodgers…”I will come out on top.”

Application Process:

  1. Write a one (1) page, double-spaced, 12pt font paper defining the importance of making it to the Top.

    1. What is your motivation?

    2. What does it mean for you?

    3. What is your plan for making? (Major, career plans, etc.)

  2. Submit to topptiervb@gmail.com by 1 Feb.

  3. Three (3) recipients will be awarded 12 Feb, the birthday of Dr. Brian Rodgers. One showcase of their choosing paid in full by Topp Tier.


Donations to Topp Tier can be made on https://donorbox.org/drbrodge 

To become a blood marrow donor please visit Be the Match https://bethematch.org/

Nonprofit 501 3c

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