Advance Arkansas Scholarship Created for Students With Military Affiliations


June 11, 2018

Greg Lorfing of Houston, Texas
Guy and Ellen Brown

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas alumnus Guy Eastman Brown II and his wife, Ellen Tarshis Brown, have a combined 34 years of military service between them and wanted to make a meaningful contribution to help veterans. The couple, who now live in Columbia, Missouri, chose to contribute $50,000 through Campaign Arkansas to create an Advance Arkansas scholarship at the U of A.

“The Browns are making an investment in Arkansas by establishing this scholarship,” said Charles Robinson, vice chancellor for student affairs. “Thanks to their support, future students will have the opportunity to come to the U of A and complete their degrees at the state’s flagship. We are very grateful for their commitment to higher education and to our Advance Arkansas scholarship initiative.”

Guy Brown grew up in Houston and Fayetteville, where his father served as mayor for five years. He graduated with a B.S.B.A. from what was then the College of Business Administration – now the  Sam M. Walton College of Business – in 1962 and spent the next 20 years in the Air Force. While Brown was stationed in New York City, he met Ellen Tarshis, who was also serving in the Air Force as a nurse.

During their time in the Air Force, Guy Brown earned a master’s degree in human communication from the University of Northern Colorado, and Ellen Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver – now Regis University. When the couple moved to Houston, Ellen Brown spent 16 years working at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Guy worked in public relations and advertising for the University of Houston before starting his own company in 1984.

Because of their years of military service, the Browns wanted to find a way to give back to help fellow veterans …

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