The Julie Dickson Foundation

The Julie Dickson Foundation is building on the impact of our grants made in 2018. We are once again awarding two scholarships to the Strive Sports Challenge. The recipients will be a female athlete from Delaware and a female athlete from Pennsylvania. The students are nominated by a coach/mentor close to them who has identified a great potential in them to make a positive change through their leadership. They will have the opportunity to take risks in a safe environment and have the chance to fail hard, and then to brush off and learn from failure. This balance creates lasting, long-term grown in both athletic performance and individual development.

Strive Sports Challenge caught our attention because it continues Julie Dickson’s legacy as a coach, business leader, and civic leader in encouraging young women to reach their potential both on and off the field.

For more information about Strive Sports Challenge please see: https://www.striveleadership.org/sports-challenge

About Julie Dickson
Throughout her life, Julie Dickson gave the gift of service to the students she taught; the athletes she coached; the parents she counseled; the co-workers she mentored; the women she inspired; and the communities she led.

Julie graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School, PA, where she played varsity field hockey in the late 1950s, a time when women athletes experienced disadvantages that, today, are recognized as unfair and discriminatory. Undeterred, Julie continued to play varsity field hockey for four years at Lock Haven University, PA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree before later pursuing a Master of Education degree from the University of Delaware. Along the way, Julie took a break from classes to represent the United States as a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Squad in competition against teams from Holland, England, Ireland, Canada, and Jamaica. As a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Association for more than 30 years, Julie remained an advocate for women athletes.

She served as Director of the first National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament, and Vice-President of the National Association. Her work with the Olympic Development Program was instrumental in establishing the United States Field Hockey Association Development Program.

Early Career
Julie began her career in education as a teacher and school social worker. She coached high school field hockey, basketball, track, and tennis and led her 1976 women’s field hockey team to win the school’s first PIAA State Championship. Coach Dickson then moved on to the State University of New York at Brockport, where she served as Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Assistant Athletic Director, and field hockey coach. She was later recruited into Ivy League competition as Head Field Hockey Coach, Women’s Lacrosse Coach, and Assistant Director of the Brown University Athletic Center in Providence, RI. All the while, as co-founder and Director of the Derry Hills Camp and Dutchland Field Hockey Camp for girls, Julie remained active locally as a coach, role model, and advocate for young women.

Like all the best athletes and coaches, Julie decided when it was time to pass along her whistle and field hockey stick to the next woman. Never one to play it safe or take the path of least resistance, Julie took on the challenge of starting her own insurance business from the ground up. She joined State Farm Insurance in 1984 as a licensed Agent and Owner in Manheim, PA, and built a business that served nearly 5,000 clients. Her career with State Farm was distinguished by more than two decades of commitment and service to those clients. Julie was a recipient of the State Farm Insurance Chrystal Excellence Award, a member of the State Farm Legion of Honor, and served as Vice President of the National Association of State Farm Agents. During that same time period, Julie also made time to serve as Vice-President and President of the Manheim Chamber of Commerce.

Community Service
For Julie, community service and volunteerism was a natural progression of her lifelong advocacy for women, young athletes, and small business owners. During her eight year tenure as an elected Lancaster City Councilwoman, with two years as President of Council, Julie Dickson was highly regarded by colleagues of both political parties for her candor, clarity of thought, and the courage of her convictions. As a member of the Lancaster County Planning Commission Julie brought a visionary’s perspective, and service on the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority placed her calm confidence and patient tone on full display.

Julie brought equal commitment, her trademark good humor, and an inspiring willingness to give her time and talents to the Council of Trustees of Millersville University, the Board of Directors of United Disabilities, as Charter Member of the Women’s Alliance, and the Rehoboth Beach Village Improvement Association.

Awards & Honors
Throughout her life, Julie remained humbled and gratified by the many awards and honors she received. In 2001, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Association Conference named Julianne Dickson one of eight outstanding student athletes in the last fifty years by. In 2004, Julie was again honored as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business. A role model treasured by generations of students, Julianne has been inducted into the Manheim Central Hall of Fame and the Elizabethtown Area High School Hall of Fame.

Through this Foundation, Julie Dickson’s legacy of mentoring and empowering women will continue on for future generations.