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Generous Gift Benefits the College and Communities


Submitted on February 20, 2020

The recent act of generosity made to Georgetown College by the James A. and Martha R. Brown Charitable Foundation, Inc. will make the exceptional educational experience the college has to offer more accessible than ever to students from Robertson, Harrison, and Nicholas County, three adjacent counties with which the Browns hold a deep connection. A substantial amount of the $1 million gift will go towards scholarships to students from these counties.

James A. Brown’s connection to the area goes back to his discharge from the Air Force, after which he settled in Cynthiana, Kentucky, taking a job with Kawneer Company. Soon into his career, though, he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and would spend the next 60 years, along with his wife, Martha, acquiring numerous businesses in the region.

Martha, meanwhile, received the 1988 Citizen of the Year Award from the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. Following her death in 2006, James resolved to make a positive difference for future generations through the creation of the Foundation. It is especially fitting that the counties James and Martha had such positive influence in will now have the unique opportunity to receive a Georgetown College education.

These connections to Harrison, Nicholas, and Robertson County imbue a deep love of these three counties in the Browns. Their gift to Georgetown College will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the college, as well as these communities.

“We are eager to have more students from Robertson, Harrison, and Nicholas County on campus,” said President of Georgetown College, Will Jones. “I am confident these students will benefit from the championship-level education of the heart and mind that we offer at Georgetown College.”

Along with the scholarship opportunities for students in these counties, the gift will also go towards renovations to the Conference Center at East Campus, which will be renamed “The James A. and Martha R. Brown Conference Center.” These renovations will benefit all students, both current and future and will ensure Georgetown College is able to provide an even greater educational experience to its students.


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