The Don Brown Memorial Scholarship

Selection Criteria
This scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is given to support the educational pursuits of a deserving student from Passaic County, New Jersey. It is open to high school seniors and current college students who can demonstrate financial need and have engaged in volunteer work on behalf of their community. Community work of all kinds will be considered. Applications must be received (via email or the mailing address provided below) by March 29, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested parties may apply for the Don Brown Memorial Scholarship by filling out an application. Physical applications can be downloaded here. The application submission period opens on January 1, 2019 and closes March 29, 2019.  Any communication about the scholarship fund should be directed to


Online applications can't be saved so please plan to complete it in one sitting. The application includes one essay question:

  • Describe how your volunteer work has impacted your community (500 words or less)

Your application also requires:

  • A copy of your completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • One letter of recommendation

Materials should be sent to P.O. Box 2721, Paterson, NJ 07509-2721 or

Don Brown's Legacy
Rev. Don Brown served as a pastor in the New Jersey Greater Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 42 years.  Throughout his life and in everything he did, Don exhibited kindness and compassion toward all he knew; he had a special place in his heart for the less fortunate.  Don was a calming and positive force in any situation.  He was able to see both sides of a story and could find a solution to any problem.  

He lent these incredible attributes in service to CUMAC’s board of trustees from 1999 to 2013, leading as board president between 2001 and 2006.  During this time he dedicated his incredible passion and insight to help CUMAC grow into one of the largest feeding programs in all of northern New Jersey.  His legacy lives on every single time CUMAC feeds somebody who would otherwise have gone hungry.  Through the Don Brown Memorial Scholarship, his influence as a changemaker will live on ad infinitum.   

Contribute to the Fund
If you would like to contribute to the Don Brown Memorial Scholarship you may donate using the button below or by mail: PO Box 2721, Paterson, NJ 07509.   Please indicate the “Don Brown Memorial Scholarship” when prompted, (online: either in the notes/comments section of PayPal or via the Honorarium landing page after making the gift).  Your contribution in any amount will honor Don’s life and legacy by providing a deserving student with the tools to make the world a better, more secure place for those in need.