HIGH POINT — A new scholarship endowment for minority students at High Point University has been named in honor of a local philanthropist and entrepreneur.
The scholarships named for Robert J. “Bob” Brown, who also is chairman of the HPU Board of Trustees, will provide eight to 10 scholarships a year, the university said.
Brown said he grew up not far from the university’s campus and felt inspired when riding by.
“Education is essential to moving forward, and I’m honored to have this scholarship in my name. My grandmother taught me that life was about serving and giving, and that’s what HPU does, which is why I love this university,” he said.
High Point University President Nido Qubein and Coca-Cola Consolidated Chairman and CEO Frank Harrison, along with business associates and friends of Brown, contributed $3 million to establish the scholarships.
Brown is CEO and founder of B&C International, a global business management consulting firm headquartered in High Point. He has served on numerous boards and foundations, and his memoir is titled “You Can’t Go Wrong Doing Right.” He has been recognized with six national achievement awards, including being selected as a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, was a special assistant to President Richard Nixon and was an advisor to each succeeding president.
Harrison said, “This scholarship will give young people the chance to go to college, get educated and go out and do what Bob has done — to have a major impact for good, for God and for the growth of the community.”
The Robert J. Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide students with great opportunities, Qubein said.
“HPU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and this scholarship honoring Bob’s legacy to help minority students attend High Point University is one reflection of that,” Qubein said. “When you think of an individual like Bob, planting a seed in the heart of one person, that one person can go out and change the world.”