Giving to Brown

Celebrating our Scholarship Donors

Featured Video

Three scholarship recipients share how financial aid has changed their lives.

When you give to Brown's Financial Aid program, you change lives. That was the message brought home at Brown's first Scholarship Donor Celebration, held on the morning of Saturday, October 19, amidst the fun and togetherness of Family Weekend. 

Nearly 225 students and endowed scholarship donors gathered in Alumnae Hall to meet each other, often for the first time. They mixed and mingled, enjoyed brunch, and shared uplifting stories. Special seating arrangements allowed many donors to get to know their fund’s recipients or a student host.

Highlights included:

  • President Christina H. Paxson, who asserted that Brown would not possess the diverse, vibrant community it does without the generosity of financial aid donors. Their gifts support “outstanding students who are exceptional people.”
  • Gracious welcoming and closing remarks by Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron, the morning’s official host. She particularly acknowledged the philanthropy of Frederic M. Alper ’60, P’95, whom she termed the "father of financial aid" for establishing the Directorship of Financial Aid chair; and the dedication of Jim Tilton, the inaugural chair.
  • Annette Nazareth ’78, P’13, who recounted anecdotes from her time as an undergraduate receiving financial aid and then explained why she continues to give back. “Brown greatly influenced many of our lives,” she said. Giving helps donors "return home to Brown."
  • A short video presentation (see "Featured Video" above) featuring three extraordinary Brown students—Jo’Nella Queen Ellerbe ’15, Ryan Gourley ’17, and Javier Sandoval ’16—that provided a touching look at what the gift of an education at Brown means to them.
  • The stylized piano accompaniment of Bryn Bliska '14.&nbsp