Janet Brown Memorial Scholarship, 2012
The Janet Brown Scholarship is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship that will be awarded at the end of the 2011-2012 academic school year.
Janet Brown was the founder and director of the Writing Success Program, a program that has been part of the Student Retention Center since 2002. The Writing Success Program aims to complement the efforts of the other Student Retention Center projects by developing students’ critical thinking through the writing process and empowering students in both their writing and thinking abilities—an empowerment that carries over to their community work. Many students and alumni credit the program, and Janet Brown in particular, as being both supportive and influential in helping them find their voices through writing and in pursuing their passions.
Before she passed away in April 2009, Janet was working on a novel that centered on the idea of the importance of preserving culture in their indigenous communities. As a result, in acknowledgement of the value of preserving culture, the Janet Brown Scholarship hopes to award students who are actively working to promote and preserve culture in their communities.
Additionally, due to the pressure of the economic crisis, it has been increasingly hard for students to continue their education while doing this community work. As such, in an effort to foster the retention of students, the Janet Brown Scholarship hopes to reward students in financial need who, despite these obstacles, have committed themselves to preserving the culture of their community.
Application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 5:00pm in 105 Student Activities Center.