Student receives first LaVanner S. Brown Memorial Scholarship
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LAVANNER BROWN SCHOLARSHIP -- Natalie Evans, a freshman art major at Southeastern Louisiana University, received the first LaVanner S. Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Brown, director of the TRIO/GEARUP programs at Southeastern and a former member of the Hammond City Council. From left, front, are Schellia Wright, June Taylor, Evans, Chevonne Neal, Andrea Dangerfield; standing, Carl Higginbotham, Elmer Stewart, Duane Donald, J. Kelly, Keziah Kelly, son and granddaughter of Dr. LaVanner Brown, Ron Abel.
Brown, who died in 2005, was director of the TRIO/GEARUP programs at Southeastern and a former member of the Hammond City Council. The dean’s level ($10,000) scholarship was established in her honor through gifts from TRIO/GEARUP supporters.
The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Southeastern student who demonstrates leadership ability, academic achievement and community involvement.
Duane Donald, interim coordinator of special projects at Southeastern, said Brown was a generous woman and persistent advocate for first-generation college students.
“We are very happy to be presenting this scholarship to such a deserving student,” said Donald. “Dr. Brown was such an incredible person and this will forever be a part of her legacy at Southeastern.”
“It’s an honor to be the first recipient of the scholarship,” Evans said. “It really is an honor to be here today and promote LaVanner Brown’s legacy.”