Brant Brown's bootstraps
should be stretched thin by now.
A self-supporting transfer student from Arizona State University
(ASU) who waited tables to make ends meet, Brown can forget about
his boots and focus on his future since being named the 1999 winner
of the Lucius Lamar McMullan Award. The $20,000 award annually
recognizes an Emory College graduate demonstrating rare potential
for service to the global community and extraordinary promise
of becoming a future leader.
"I am especially grateful for this award," says Brown,
also a Goodrich C. White Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa member, and a
recipient of one of the University’s Humanitarian Awards, "because
it will allow me to dedicate this next year to developing the
Emory Grady Connection, which I envision as an intense, hands-on
internship for Emory College students—giving them the chance to
work with children who have been victimized by violence."
Grady Memorial Hospital exposes students to one of America's
busiest hospitals, as well as some of the neediest and most victimized
patients, he says. "In seeing that side of life, students
will truly come to understand the challenges that lie ahead of
them as future physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers."
"In a number of ways, Brant has been a surprisingly atypical
student," wrote his nominators, a group of eight that included
deans, faculty, and staff. "At the same time, however, he
embodies in his academic career and in his life those qualities
of intelligence, insight, perseverance, service, humility, and
compassion that we value most highly in this community."
During his time at ASU, Brown was awarded a highly competitive
Ciba-Geigy Gene Research Internship in Basel, Switzerland. Later,
he accepted a position in a lab at the Heidelberg University School
of Medicine. Also in Europe, Brown served in a child transport
unit in the Bosnian war relief effort of the German Red Cross.
He describes the experience as "one of the most formative
and painful" of his life.