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Michael O. D. Brown Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice, Performance Arts, and Trades

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The Michael O. D. Brown Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice, Performing Arts, and Trades awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and an expressed interest in enrolling into a post-secondary program in pursuit of a certification, associates, or bachelor’s degree in the performing arts or social justice/activism.

This scholarship is a tribute to Mike’s desire, determination, discipline and dedication. It is a celebration of his life and legacy.

Lezley McSpadden,
Mother of Michael O.D. Brown


The students eligible for assistance must be graduating high school seniors attending Central Visual & Performing Arts, Jennings, McCluer, Normandy, River View Gardens, and University City High Schools who intend to continue their education at a community college, a four- year college or university or trade school. Consideration will be given to academic achievement, financial need and the student’s community service record.


Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis.


Each scholarship awarded will be in the amount of $3,000.

Renewal Process: 

This Scholarship is not renewable. Previous scholarship recipients cannot re-apply.


Before proceeding with this application, please ensure you have the following documents:

  • Proof that you have applied and/or been accepted to a higher education program
  • Proof of at least a 2.5 GPA, as shown on your most recent report card
  • Proof of community or volunteer service within the last year

All incoming 2024 seniors of the above-mentioned High Schools are encouraged to apply next year.

Once you have gathered this information please click below to apply.

Questions? Please email [email protected].