The eldest of two children, Shyolanda Brown was born and spent much of her early childhood raised by her grandparents in Gary, Indiana. As a young child, Shyolanda was very quiet, yet observant. In high school, she flourished and she discovered her love for playing the flute.
Shyolanda cultivated her musical talent, and was eventually recognized as one of the best flute players in the state of Indiana. She won All State Honors for music during the her four years of playing for Roosevelt High School. Indiana State University offered Shyolanda an academic scholarship, where she graduated with a degree in Criminology. Still, even with a scholarship, she found herself sacrificing to pay for her education by working multiple jobs. Despite financial challenges, Shyolanda persevered, and had dreams of eventually becoming an attorney.
After graduating, Shyolanda married Arthur Brown, and the newly married couple relocated to Colorado to start their lives together. She decided to put her dreams of becoming an attorney on hold to support Arthur. The early years were challenging, but with continued prayer and dedication to one other, Shyolanda and Arthur were blessed to raise four children and build a wonderful life together. Remembering all the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice it took to complete college, both Shyolanda and Arthur decided early on to prepare for their children’s education and their own future through real estate investing.
Shyolanda believed the foundation for both opportunity and achievement is education, and always reminded her children that it was something no one would ever be able to take away from them. The Brown children: Marion, Isaiah, Kennede, and Kameryn, have done well academically and athletically, winning a state championship for Football and multiple championships in both Basketball and Track & Field. All have gone on to college to further their education.
Even while battling cancer, Shyolanda helped make sure her children’s success was solidified by encouraging them to stay grounded, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and prioritize education. She was the real MVP who will forever be remembered as someone who solidified a legacy of strength, courage and excellence.
As a mother, Shyolanda’s dream was to see her children educated and equipped with the tools to access opportunities. Having accomplished that, we honor her memory by helping other students achieve the same.
To honor Shyolanda’s memory, The Shyolanda Brown Family Foundation offers this scholarship opportunity to one of Denver metro-area’s most promising African-American college-bound student athletes.