The Don Brown Memorial Scholarship

Selection Criteria
This award is open to all high school seniors and students currently enrolled in an accredited university.  It is given to support and encourage a deserving student pursuing a career in ministry, human services or a related field. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have spent time working to alleviate hunger and poverty in their home communities, and particularly to students who have volunteered with our agency or on its behalf.  Paterson residents and first generation college students will also receive special consideration.

An award in the amount of $500 will be given for the purchase of, or reimbursement for, books and other material that support educational pursuits.  The application opens on May 2 and closes June 17, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested parties may apply for the Don Brown Memorial Scholarship by filling out an application, available here. Physical applications can be mailed via request.  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 or copy and paste your answers from a separate document. The application includes 3 short answer questions:

  • Please describe your work to fight hunger and poverty in your community. If that work includes a relationship with and involvement in CUMAC's work to feed people & change lives please highlight that (500 words or less)
  • How has your work to help in your community shaped your educational and personal goals? If that work includes involvement with CUMAC be sure to highlight that (500 words or less)
  • How do you envision using your education to become a leader in hunger and poverty relief efforts? (500 words or less) 

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.