Richard Brown Scholarship awards first recipients

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Trevor Fleming

Richard Brown was a pillar in the community, always encouraging young adults and students to better themselves through education and community involvement. His legacy lives on through the many lives he touched and through the recent scholarship started in his name by his wife Beverly and son Terrance Brown.

The Richard Brown Scholarship was awarded to four graduating seniors, each from East Ascension, St. Amant, Dutchtown and Donaldsonville High Schools. The recipients were picked by their counselors, who looked for students that were entering college and was involved in their community. 

"We wanted the scholarship recipients to be a reflection, somewhat, of what my dad was doing," Terrance said. "He was always doing something for the community, for the kids, for the school system. It's more than just what you are doing in the classroom."

The idea for the scholarship was a collaboration between Terrance and his mother, along with one of the graduating classes of St. Amant High School during his time as principal. The class had started a GoFundMe page in his name, and with Brown's family thinking of a way to honor him, it all came together.

"It just meshed together into one thing. The most likely thing was to start a scholarship fund to continue his legacy. It was a collaboration of different ideas coming together. It was started as a way to continue his legacy for years to come."

The 2017 recipients of the $500 Richard Brown Scholarship are:

Amaria Everson, 18, St. Amant High School. Everson was part of Allied Health and NJROTC at St. Amant High School. She will be attending Alcorn State University in the fall, majoring in Biology with the hopes of becoming an Anesthesiologist.

"This is an honor and a blessing."

Trevor Fleming,18,East Ascension High School. Fleming was on the baseball and football team, Class President, in the National Honor Society and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans on attending Grambling State University where he will major in Biology to one day become an Orthopedic Surgeon. 

"This is amazing because I knew Coach Brown and we had an amazing relationship. He was like a mentor, and idol in my life. I really looked up to him because he really helped a bunch of people around the community. A lot of kids looked up to him because of what he did, keeping everybody out of trouble, keeping our heads straight. He gave us something to look forward to in life." 

Tamiko Stroud,18, Donaldsonville High School. Stroud was part of the Early College Option Program, co-captain of the Tigerettes Danc eTeam, on the track and field team, President of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and National Beta Club. She plans on attending Southern University Honors College in the fall, double majoring in Finance and English, followed by law school with the hopes of becoming a Corporate Attorney.

"This is truly an honor because just to be able to be one of those people selected to carry on the memory of such a memorable man. He was so eye opening and inspirational. He inspired not just children, but communities."

Taylor Bevare, 18, Dutchtown High School. Loreveare was involved in Allied Health and in the certified nurses program at Dutchtown. She plans on studying Biology, followed by med school, to be a Pediatric Cardiologist.

"This is absolutely amazing. This gives you the opportunity to chase your dreams."