Giving Tuesday 2021:
A Season of Light
STS-107 Mission Specialist David Brown arrives at Kennedy Space Center to take part in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities, which include a simulated launch countdown. Credit: NASA.

Please donate to the David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund this Giving Tuesday. With your help, the Friends provide science enrichment programs for our community. We are inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers. The Scholarship enables Arlington Public School students to turn their aspirations into achievements. Your charitable gift now ensures that sufficient funds will be available to support a 2022 senior.

David M. Brown (1956–2003) was a graduate of Yorktown High School who died when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated. He was an Arlington native who also attended McKinley Elementary School and Swanson Middle School. He pursued a science career and a public service career. He was a Navy flight surgeon before his assignment to the astronaut corps. His first NASA mission was as a specialist on the Columbia. The Scholarship Fund honors his memory by supporting APS seniors who are similarly motivated.

The Friends award one scholarship each year to a senior graduating from an Arlington Public School who intends to major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The scholarship is worth $2,000 a year for up to 4 years while the recipient is making progress towards an undergraduate STEM degree. The Arlington Community Foundation administers the scholarship fund and manages application process on behalf of the Friends.

The Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. Your contributions to the Scholarship Fund and the Friends are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

David M. Brown reached for the stars. Let’s help more Arlington students realize their dream. Give generously.