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The Shyolanda Brown Family Foundation Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program available to one of Denver metro-area’s exceptional, African-American high school student athletes with financial need seeking to attend a 4-year college or university.

Brown Scholars receive $1,500 per year for 4 years, at total of $6,000.

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2021 Scholarship Recipient

Milan Richman, a graduate of Overland High School, currently attending Colorado State University, majoring in veterinary medicine,  was chosen in May 2021 as the first recipient of the Shyolanda Brown Family Foundation scholarship. Milan was a Varsity Diver and Gymnast throughout her high school tenure.

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2022 Scholarship Recipient

Melaku Saketa, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, currently attending University of Denver, majoring in Engineering,  was chosen in May 2022 as the second recipient of the Shyolanda Brown Family Foundation scholarship. Melaku participated in Soccer and Track & Field throughout his high school tenure.


2023 Scholarship Recipient

Dagem Tadesse is a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School. He is currently attending University of Denver, majoring in Computer Science. He was chosen in May 2023 as the third recipient of the Shyolanda Brown Family Foundation scholarship. Dagem participated in Soccer throughout his high school tenure.


Eligibility Requirements

One scholarship is available, on a competitive basis according to the following requirements:


  • An African-American, Varsity student-athlete in their senior year of high school.

  • US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident and must live within 50 miles of the Denver metro-area.

  • A plan to enroll as a full-time student in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year college or university in the US for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • Minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent) through the last completed school term.

  • Complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid application (if applicable).


Are you or someone you know a promising, college-bound, African-American student athlete in the Denver metro-area who would be a good fit for this scholarship opportunity?

Instructions to Apply

Applications will be available online by clicking the button below, starting February 20, 2024. As part of your application, students will be required to submit the following materials:


  • Full high school transcript

  • 2 letters of recommendation from persons unrelated to the student.

  • A 1-page personal statement (at least 500 words) answering the following questions:

    • What impact has sports had on your life?

    • How will this scholarship help you?

    • What legacy do you hope to leave?

  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR). You can obtain your SAR by filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you haven't already done so, at


Important deadlines and information to note

  • Completed applications, with all materials requested, must be received by April 26, 2024.

  • All letters of recommendation must be received by April 26, 2024.

  • Applications will not be considered completed until these are submitted.

  • Applications submitted past the deadline will not be considered.

  • Incomplete or incorrect statements and information may directly impact any consideration of your scholarship application.

  • The top 3-4 candidates will be interviewed.

  • The final approval of an award will be made sometime in May.

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April 26, 2024

Scholarship applications and Letters of Recommendation due

May 2024

Finalists notified and scholarships awarded

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Are you interested in helping us extend scholarship opportunities to even more African-American student-athletes?


We believe that with more opportunities like these, more young people get the chance to unlock their God-given potential and thrive. Consider becoming a Shyolanda Brown Family Foundation Scholarship Donor, and help us reach our goal of offering $30,000 in scholarships to help at least 5 eligible student-athletes further their education and eliminate the financial burden of doing so. With your help, we can. 


All donations are tax deductible.

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