Colt Brown would give up what he was doing to help anyone.
It is this legacy of charity, generosity and service that Brown’s family passes on.
Brown contracted COVID-19 in December 2020. He died on January 6, 2021 from complications from the virus. He was 24 years old.
His family honors his memory through the Colten D. Brown Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
The foundation started by helping to fund the 2021-22 Colten Brown, Mr. Penn State Behrend Award. The recipients were Maribeth Miller from Warren and Michal Bosek from Philadelphia.
Brown was a 2018 graduate of Penn State Behrend.
“He was a young man with a heart for everyone he knew,” Brown’s mother, Pam Bright, said. “He started out professionally in child and youth services and then moved into adult probation to help people rebuild their lives.”
Now his family creates an annual scholarship.
“It’s important because Colt had a legacy,” Bright said. “It all depends on how he cared about people. Once you met Colt, you were a friend for life. We want to continue this legacy. »
The scholarship will be awarded to Penn State Behrend students who exhibit the traits of charity, generosity, and service that were central to Brown. “Caring about people, working hard, doing what you have to do to get where you want to be”, Bright said. “He just cared. He would stop whatever he was doing.
To help fund the scholarship, the family scheduled the first-ever Colten D. Brown Memorial Golf Scramble.
The four-man race will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Cable Hollow Golf Course.
There were 10 places available on Wednesday and organizers expected a full roster of 36 teams.
Registration can be done in person at the course or by calling the pro shop at (814) 757-4765.
The net proceeds benefit the stock market.
You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the event.
“We are organizing a basket raffle that has gone crazy,” Bright said. “Even if people don’t play golf, still come for this draw. Come join us. Just come and enjoy the day and what it’s like with us.”
“A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a success,” she says.