The Diane Brown Legacy Award and Scholarship is an annual award that is given to well-rounded students who demonstrate achievements in and out of the classroom. Along with the award the recipient will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.

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Greetings IYM Family,
I hope all is well.
It’s that time of year again. Inspiring Young Minds offers an annual scholarship to graduating seniors in honor of our late co-founder,  Diane Brown. As many of you know, finances are a huge factor in the success of any endeavor-and too often entities wait until it is too late to focus on financial sustainability. To that end, we are proactively working to ensure the award’s longevity and growth.
We have three requests:
1. Please donate at least $10 to the scholarship’s fund.
2. Please encourage your rising seniors to apply for the award.
3. Please share the donation link with friends and family.
Every dollar raised matters!
We appreciate your support of IYM’s mission to serve and empower students and their families.
Thanking you in advance.
Best, Mark

Diane Brown’s Bio:

Diane Brown (maiden name Diane Forde) was born on May 27, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York to Louis and Josephine Forde. As the eldest and only girl of five children, she had to develop her leadership and independent skills at an extremely young age. She perfected these abilities by observing her older peers and adults, particularly her father, who was an independent mechanic. She also honed her leadership qualities through performing well academically and playing basketball, a sport that she expressed interest in as a child. Her passion for the game led to Brown playing for her high school team at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, New York.

Once she completed high school, Diane went on to attend the University at Albany, State University of New York. After college she pursued a career with the NYPD, where she proudly worked as an officer and eventually a detective for 20 years. Throughout her career, Diane never forgot about her desire of giving back to her community and assisting its youth. She achieved this goal by becoming a basketball coach at St. Vincent Ferrer for numerous years and co-founding the Inspiring Young Minds program. Through these positions, she relayed her firm beliefs of children excelling academically, loving what they do and remembering their roots.

Diane Brown passed away in 2007 after a well fought three-year battle with cancer. Her legacy continues throughout the many people whose lives she touched, particularly her children: Shatikwa, Crystal, and Simeon Brown. Her messages and impact will also be remembered through the Diane Brown Legacy Award Scholarship.

Diane Brown Legacy Award Application