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Scholarship Spotlight: Howard L. Brown

Scholarship Spotlight: Howard Brown

Posted: 11/11/2013

By Linda Sands

Howard L. Brown - Scholarship received: Mitte, Moselynne and Dempsey J. Travis ScholarshipEleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Howard Brown, who is just a tad bit older than a traditional undergraduate student, has certainly embraced this concept. After a lapse between high school and college, he decided to return to school and pursue a degree in elementary education.

Brown applied to several universities, but chose Roosevelt because he liked its strong sense of community and welcoming atmosphere. And, he is very happy to be here. Roosevelt has opened opportunities for him to be involved in community service and University organizations which tie in with his personal and academic interests. This fall, he became one of a select group of students chosen to receive the Mittie, Moselynne and Dempsey J. Travis Scholarship. It was awarded to 17 students with an excellent academic record and strong intellectual curiosity who embrace the University’s mission of social justice.

Brown wants to be a positive role model for others as he believes that many young people unfortunately don’t have influential mentors to help them excel as they progress throughout their academic careers. He said his mother always impressed upon him the importance of education and doing well by others. She told him that he must always strive to be better.

His pastor, Bill H. Brown, also was an important influence in his life, teaching him to accept people for who they are and to follow dreams without fear. The Roosevelt student is doing just that as he’s the minister of music at Christ Unity Evangelistic Church. He loves to sing gospel music and is a member of Roosevelt’s Proclaimed Gospel Choir. He has also written music and recorded a CD of gospel music.

As a resident assistant (RA) at Roosevelt, he enjoys the fellowship of students in his residence hall and apparently the feeling is mutual. The students call him “Papa Duck.” Brown admits that “Duck” was a childhood nickname and while in training to be an RA, the students found out about the name and now use it. He enjoys cooking, and when asked to name his specialty, he replies with a grin, “lasagna.”

He also works, appropriately, as a supervisor in the student cafeteria. After graduation, Brown plans to pursue a master’s degree, then teach or perhaps seek a position in academic administration at the college level. He has traveled to London, Mexico, the Bahamas and Hawaii and would someday like to be able to say that “he has set foot on every continent.” Appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and liking rain, Brown thinks that Seattle might not be a bad place to live, or maybe London.

When asked what advice he would offer to new students, Brown suggested keeping an open mind and enjoying the experience of college.

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