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Joyce Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: March 15th at 12:00pm (noon) 



Joyce M. Brown was born in Macon, Georgia on October 16, 1957 to Arthur Lee and Dora M. Howard. She passed away December 31, 1999. Her early training began at Minnie Butler Elementary School and she later graduated from Southwest High School. She attended Macon State College and Georgia College and State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She began working at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in 1976, where she went on to become the head of the Cancer Center. In 1979 she married Michael Brown and they had two children, Anastasia Tedetra Brown and Michael John Brown. Throughout her life, Joyce was active in many Catholic and civic organizations. She was a member of St. Peter Claver church for 20 years, a member of the Nursing Association and past President of the local chapter of the Cancer Society. Her spiritual development allowed her to give of herself freely and with great conviction. This longstanding philanthropic interest, along with her dedication to the medical field, led to the establishment of the Joyce Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in honor of Joyce, by her husband, Michael Brown, to support nursing students pursuing their dream, as Joyce had done.


The Joyce Brown Memorial Scholarship is awarded to fulfill the commitment the Browns have to education. The intent of the scholarship is to provide an opportunity for those with a desire to become a nurse, to further their education and achieve success in the nursing profession.


  • This scholarship is for nursing students (not pre-nursing students). Preference will be given to applicants who are working or plan to work at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. 
  • A minimum 2.5 college GPA.
  • Preference will be given to students with financial need.
  • A demonstrated ability to succeed in an academic environment.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a caring attitude, be of high moral character and show a willingness to succeed in the nursing profession.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the Joyce Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • A short essay response describing your career goals and why you aspire to be a nurse.  Please include the name of the college where you will be attending nursing school and any work/intern experience you have had in thenursing field, specifically with the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
  • Provide two references who will provide a recommendation. One must come from a teacher, school personnel, or other adult who can attest to your dedication to education and to the nursing profession.
  • Resume 
  • Your most recent transcript - you must request this from your current school. 
  • Family Financial Information - the applicant must submit one of the following:
    • A current, submitted FAFSA Student Aid Report that indicates the value of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right hand corner. If this value is not shown, your application will be considered incomplete. 
    • If you did not apply for FAFSA, please submit a copy of your parent/guardian's most recent IRS Form-1040.


  • Number of awards made annually – varies.
  • Amount - $500.00 every year until the student graduates, but for no more than 4 years