By KatherineValadez |Staff Writer|
Jack H. Brown, chairman of Stater Bros. markets, donated over $100,000 to CSUSB for the university’s Rose Brown Scholarship fund.
The scholarship was established in 2000 by Jack Brown as a tribute to his mother, Rose Brown on her 80th birthday.
“He admired her for being widowed at a very young age, and she never remarried while she was raising her son,” said Carmen Murillo-Moyeda, a public affairs marketing specialist for CSUSB.
Jack Brown, for whom Jack Brown Hall is named, created the scholarship to help widowed and single parents, according to Murillo-Moyeda.
It was designed to encourage students to continue to pursue a college degree.
A total of 62 students have been recipients of the scholarship.
More than $60,000 has been awarded since the scholarship was created, according to Murillo-Moyeda.
“The Rose Brown Scholarship provides scholarships to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA, financial need, to students who have been out of high school for at least eight years, and to widowed and single parent enrolled up through secondary school,” according to CSUSB’s Financial Aid website.
In the past, $1,000 scholarships were awarded each year to those who met the requirements. But starting this year, the amount of each scholarship has increased to $1,500.
This year, four students were awarded the scholarship.
One of this year’s recipients is a nursing student raising a 4-year-old son alone, according to a CSUSB news release.
“It was an honor and a privilege to receive this scholarship,” said the recipient. “It has been a blessing financially and has helped me so that I don’t have to work as many hours. This way, I can spend more time with my son.”
Rose Brown married at the age of 18 and was widowed eight years later at age 26.
She was left to raise her only son, 8-year-old Jack, alone, since she had no siblings or parents to help her, according to her obituary from Mt. View Mortuary and Cemetery.
Ms. Brown was a native of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and lived in San Bernardino for approximately 65 years before her death, according to CSUSB Magazine.
She passed away on August 20, 2011 at the age of 91.
“The amazing thing is she was able to raise this son who has become prominent in the business world,” said Murillo-Moyeda.
Jack Brown is currently CEO of Stater Bros. markets as well as chairman of the board.
In a related issue, overall donations to the Cal State University system rose during the 2010-11 school year, according to a news release.
The total donations received reached $344 million, which is up 30 percent from the previous year, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
In 2009-10, the Cal State University system received donations totaling $265 million.