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Brown Family Challenge Campaign Funds Full-Ride Scholarships at MICA for Second Year

Gifts to the challenge by MICA trustees and friends of the College in the two-year effort totaled $332,000, to be matched dollar for dollar by the Brown Family Foundation.

Posted 04.28.08 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE - Neil Meyerhoff, chairman of MICA's Board of Trustees, announced the successful completion of The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Scholarship Challenge at the April 25, 2008, meeting of the College's Board of Trustees. Gifts to the challenge by MICA trustees and friends of the College in the two-year effort totaled $332,000, to be matched dollar for dollar by the Brown Family Foundation. The challenge creates four full-ride scholarships covering tuition, room, and board during four years of study at Maryland Institute College of Art. Annual expenses at MICA, one of the nation's top colleges of art and design, can total $40,000. The first two Brown Family Scholars, Ebony Robinson of Tennessee and Duente Ford of Mississippi, entered in fall 2007, and an additional two Brown Family Scholars are being chosen from a substantial pool of highly qualified students accepted for admission in fall 2008.

In 2006, the Brown Family Foundation pledged to fund half of the cost of the scholarships, with the remainder to be matched by gifts from MICA trustees and friends of the College. The following MICA trustees contributed towards the match-Steve Boesel, George Bunting, Rosalee Davison '60, Alice Falvey Greif, Richard Hackney, Roy Hoffberger, Wendy Jachman '73, David Jacobs '61, Neil Meyerhoff, Dorothee Peiper-Riegraf P'07, Anne Perkins, and Sheila Riggs. Gifts from George Roche and The Linehan Family Foundation rounded out the challenge.

This scholarship is integral to advancing MICA's goal of creating meaningful and sustainable methods of increasing educational access for high-need, under-served students. A key component of the Brown Family Scholarship program is the commitment to support students through graduation. Too often, significant scholarships attract top students to elite colleges, but do not sustain support for those students for four years. According to MICA president Fred Lazarus, "The Eddie C. & C. Sylvia Brown Scholarship is already having a tremendous impact at MICA. This scholarship, along with new scholarships at MICA from the Gelman Foundation for Latino students, and from the NEA/John Renna Art Scholarships program, led to a phenomenal 39 percent increase in minority applications to MICA last year. The availability of such scholarships puts top-quality education within reach of incredibly talented young people who otherwise would never apply to MICA."

According to Baltimore philanthropists Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown of the Brown Family Foundation, "Our purpose in proposing this challenge grant was three-fold-to help MICA achieve its goal of diversity; to help the student recipients get an education at one of the premier art institutions in the country; and to engage other donors in the diversity initiative, of which this is only a small part." MICA's Diversity Initiative, ongoing since 2005, has engaged faculty, staff, students, and College leadership in crafting innovative, thoughtful initiatives to foster diversity at MICA-within the curriculum, in the campus environment and community, and in public programming and outreach. More information on the initiative is available at www.mica.edu/diversity.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.