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Scholarship Application Instructions

Brenda Lawson Brown/Howard University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

The Brenda Lawson Brown/Howard University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund was established by the Howard University Alumni Association for the purpose of giving financial support to Howard University undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. The fund is named in honor of the late Brenda Lawson Brown who gave many years of devoted service to Howard University, the Department of Alumni Affairs, and the Howard University Alumni program.

The fund is administered by the following guidelines:

1. Only Howard University students with all parts of a completed application received by the stated deadline will be considered.

2. A non-renewable scholarship in the amount of tuition will be granted annually to one undergraduate student to be used during the funding/fiscal year of 2010.

3. “Financial Need” is the first priority in the selection process.

4. Students must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file indicating eligibility and approval for federal and/or other financial assistance.

5. Where necessary, interviews of applicants will be scheduled by the selection committee. Applicants required for interview will be notified to schedule an interview date on campus.

6. The recipient must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and be in good standing with the University.

7. Upon notification of selection, the recipient will provide a current photograph and photo release statement for issuance of a press release.

8. After selection, the recipient is required to send a thank you letter to the Alumni Association at 2225 Georgia Avenue, NW, Room 918, Washington, DC 20059.

9. The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment will administer the fund and provide the Howard University Alumni Association with the required information regarding the recipient’s need for financial assistance.


The application for the Brenda Lawson Brown/Howard University Alumni Association Scholarship includes five parts.

1. Completion of the Scholarship Application Form
2. Student Essay/Personal Statement

3. Two Letters of Recommendation
4. Official Howard University Transcript
5. Howard University Financial Aid Certification Statement (must be obtained from the HU Financial Aid Office)
6. HUAA Scholarship Committee Authorization and Release Form

All parts of the application must be received by
March 8th, 2009
in order for the application to be considered complete.

Scholarship Application

Please type or print clearly. All sections should be completed as accurately as possible. (Please note that misrepresentations in any area of the application may result in disqualification).

HUAA Scholarship Committee Authorization and Release Form

Please type or print clearly. All sections should be completed accurately. Return the original form to the Howard University Office of Financial Aid for the completion of the financial aid certification. A copy of the form must be submitted with the original application packet.

Student Essay/Personal Statement

In addition to the scholarship application form, students are required to include a one-to-two page essay/personal statement. Essays should be typewritten and double-spaced. This section of the application enables students to offer the selection committee a complete view of their academic history and potential. The essay should include a discussion of educational and professional goals, campus involvement that demonstrates commitment to Howard’s legacy, and any personal challenges faced that the selection committee should consider.

Letters of Recommendation (2)

Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals who are familiar with your educational, professional, and service background. (Please note that recommendations may NOT come from relatives. Appropriate references include teachers and professors, community and social service professionals, religious leaders, supervisors, etc.). Letters of recommendations should be either placed in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal and included in your application package or sent directly to the selection committee in the same manner for receipt by the deadline date.

Official Transcript -

An official transcript from Howard University to date should be either enclosed with your application or sent to the selection committee directly by the university.

All completed applications and materials
must be received by
March 8, 2009.
Completed applications should be sent to:

Howard University Alumni Association
Attention: Brenda Lawson Brown/
Howard University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund Committee
2225 Georgia Avenue, NW, Room 918, Washington, DC 20059

The scholarship award will be presented at the HUAA annual alumni volunteer awards reception on
May 9, 2009.

Notification of the selection committee’s decisions will be made by
April 30, 2009.

Additional questions should be directed to the HUAA Scholarship Committee Chair, Stacey Lowery at Please include “HUAA Scholarship” in the subject line of inquiries.