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Mildred D. Brown Memorial Scholarship

Mildred D. Brown

Mildred D. Brown (1905–1989) was an African-American journalist, newspaper publisher, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Omaha, Nebraska. She moved here from Alabama. Before landing in Omaha she lived in Chicago and Des Moines, Iowa. In Omaha, she and her husband founded and ran the Omaha Star, a newspaper of the African-American community. This newspaper eventually became the only African-American newspaper in the state. Mildred used the paper to provide the community education, community building, support of the civil-rights movement and to assist with jobs for African-Americans. In the 1960s President Lyndon Johnson appointed her as a goodwill ambassador to East Germany.

Brown was the first African American and one of only three women inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame. She was also posthumously inducted into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame (2007) and the Omaha Press Club Journalism of Excellence Hall of Fame (2008).

The Mildred D. Brown scholarship is available to both part- and full-time students. They must have a minimum 2.5 gpa, which they must maintain. Financial need isn’t required but will be considered. The scholarship is renewable and can be used for tuition, fees and books. It is available for transfer associated seeking students with a long range goal in Journalism or English.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Financial need is not required but will be considered
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Can be used for tuition, fees and books
  • Available for transfer associated seeking students with a long range goal in Journalism or English

Scholarships are usually offered during the spring and fall quarters. Scholarship availability varies depending on donor giving.