Gift Establishes Scholarship to Honor Community Service
The College of Business has announced the creation of the Howard and Virginia Brown Community Spirit Scholarship Fund, established by a donation from ECU alumna Bonnie Brown of Washington, D.C.
The gift honors Brown’s parents’ lifelong commitment to community service and also celebrates their 60th wedding anniversary.
Ms. Brown said a scholarship that recognizes students for service is “a fitting tribute to my mother and father at a very special time in their lives.” She credits her parents for inspiring her own dedication to service, noting that her father emphasized service to customers before it was the “in thing.”
Frederick Niswander, dean of the College of Business, said, “This scholarship is unique in its focus on community service.
“The Brown family truly embodies the spirit of ECU’s motto, ‘To Serve,’” Niswander said. “Bonnie Brown has been an energetic supporter of the college for many years and has clearly learned the importance of giving back to the community from her parents.”
Brown graduated from the College of Business in 1971 and has devoted most of her career to management consulting. Brown says her ECU education exposed her to a number of business topics that have proven to be invaluable, particularly in the early stages of her career.
The Howard and Virginia Brown Community Spirit Scholarship awards $4,000 per year to a full-time, undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Business. Recipients must demonstrate active involvement in their communities, whether on or off-campus.
College of Business student and Raleigh native Emily Mae Gartland was awarded the first scholarship in April.
The Howard and Virginia Brown Community Spirit Scholarship is a significant addition to the scholarships made available to ECU College of Business students. This year, more than $70,000 in scholarships will be awarded.