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The Sylvia Brent Elliott Memorial Scholarship

Organized by: Samantha Briggs

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THE STORY:

Sylvia Brent Elliott wrote her final memoir in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Alabama -- a degree that was completed and conferred by The University at her hospice bedside just days before she transitioned. 

It was a rare sarcoma cancer that claimed the life of my mother only seven weeks after being diagnosed—however it is the rare spirit of a loving and self-sacrificing woman who often identified herself as a “gypsy” due to her wise yet whimsical care-free lifestyle that claimed the heart of all whom she encountered. 

It is in her spirit that I, along with my brothers Marcus and Adam, provide this glimpse into the life, the experience, and the energy of our mother and ask that you join us in preserving her legacy and her love of knowledge through a gift that keeps on giving. 

The Sylvia Brent Elliott Memorial Scholarship fund was established at The University of Alabama in the fall of 2005 in response to the unexpected death of my mother, Sylvia Althea Brent Elliott. Over the past 9 years generous donors have made faithful contributions and the fund has finally been endowed by The University at the "gift" level and can begin giving small, one-time gifts to students for merit or travel. However, with a minimum addition of $5,000 to the fund, the endowment can reach scholarship level and can award deserving non-traditional under-represented minority students financial assistance towards their tuition, room, board and/or books.

Please consider helping us reach this goal and preserve my mother's legacy with a gift of education. Should you prefer making a donation directly to The University of Alabama, please feel free to contact me directly at micahandcj@hotmail.com and I will forward that information to you.

Thank you in advance!

I came of age at a time to be the "first," unthreatened, unafraid, and unstoppable. --Sylvia Elliott

$625

 

13% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • The Shabazz Family

    $50

  • The Greer Family

    $50

  • Thomas Bruce

    $100

  • Akili Scott

    $25

  • Peer Byron McGee

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • In memory of Florence Steinhauer

    $50

  • Danalan

    $50

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Samantha Briggs

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Donor Comments

Danalan

Danalan

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

In memory of Florence Steinhauer

In memory of Florence Steinhauer

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Peer Byron McGee

Peer Byron McGee

DONATION: $100

I loved my Godmother, Sylvia Brent. She was best friends to my mother Lois Johnson, in Chicago, I lived with the Elliott family in St. Louis while attending Washington University. 4 years ago

Akili Scott

Akili Scott

DONATION: $25

The epitome of cool. Light & love to Ms. Sylvia xx 4 years ago

Thomas Bruce

Thomas Bruce

DONATION: $100

My cousin Sylvia included me in a small number of family members to visit, before she left us. 4 years ago

The Greer Family

The Greer Family

DONATION: $50

We loved Sylvia--in fact, "Sylvia" was on our short list of baby names because of Sylvia Elliott--we love the Briggs family, and we love the idea of honoring Sylvia by helping to make this scholarship happen. 4 years ago

The Shabazz Family

The Shabazz Family

DONATION: $50

In memory of a great lady, mother to all she met and nurtured, activist and creative thinker. Thank you for gracing this planet and our lives -- we miss you. 4 years ago

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