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Memorial scholarship pays lasting tribute

Alumni & Giving

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Every Mount experience and student carries with them a legacy of some kind. For Jill Brown ‘94, some of it is the very special legacy that will touch the lives of other Mount students for years to come, through the Jill T. Brown Memorial Scholarship.

Jill passed away just a year after graduating from the Mount with her bachelor’s degree.  But according to her father Russell Brown, some of the happiest days of her life were spent here.  It was the wonderful connections she made that prompted her family and friends to establish the scholarship in 1996 to honor her days at the Mount, where she was a scholarship recipient herself.  Her sister Aimee Brown Christo ’98 held a benefit in her honor at St. Antoninus to help raise funds.

At age 9, Jill had surgery to remove a brain tumor and underwent subsequent cancer treatments.  In spite of these challenges, she went on to be extremely active at both Seton High School and the Mount, where she served on the MSJ Dateline staff.  She also coached soccer for her parish of St. Antoninus, worked at the Delhi Library and, during her senior year, was a co-op student at The Jordan Center, a Price Hill health clinic.

According to her father, the scholarship is awarded to someone who has overcome a childhood disadvantage, or served as a member of the Seton High School newspaper or yearbook staff or on the MSJ Dateline.  It seems a fitting way to pay tribute to someone who faced so many challenges and yet achieved so much during the short time she graced the lives of her family and friends.