New Endowed Scholarship at Thomas Nelson to Benefit Working Students Destined for Four-Year Institutions

Thomas Nelson Community College’s Educational Foundation has announced the establishment of a new scholarship, the Patrick Eugene Brown and Eugene C. Steinbrenner Memorial Scholarship. Created by a generous endowment from Jay and Marguerite Brown of Williamsburg, the scholarship will support eligible students who plan on attending four-year institutions upon graduating from Thomas Nelson.

The endowment will allow the Foundation to award at least one scholarship annually in the fall or spring semester toward tuition, fees, books, and required supplies. Recipients must be employed at least part-time while enrolled at Thomas Nelson and have the intention of continuing their education at a four-year institution, preferably in the Commonwealth.

“Many of Thomas Nelson’s students are working to contribute financially to their education and this scholarship will encourage those students to continue their path to earning a college degree. There is no better way to serve as an example to our students than for generous local community college supporters like the Brown family to provide this opportunity. The Educational Foundation is sincerely grateful for the Brown’s gift,” said Lara M.S. Overy, Director of Development at Thomas Nelson.

The new scholarship is named in honor of two men who each died at age 24 while serving in the United States Armed Forces. At the time of his death, Senior Airman Brown was pursuing a four-year degree with the intention of then going to Air Force Officers’ Training School and becoming a career officer. Captain Steinbrenner served as a fighter pilot in World War II and had an exemplary combat record before being shot down over the sea near Civitavecchia, Italy in 1944. His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and the Air Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster and 11 oak leaf clusters.

“Thomas Nelson Community College is honored to administer this scholarship that has been established to recognize the distinguished service to country of Senior Airman Brown and Captain Steinbrenner. The thoughtful generosity of Jay and Marguerite Brown will benefit many worthy Thomas Nelson students in the years ahead,” Thomas Nelson President John T. Dever.

Both of the scholarship’s namesakes had full-time employment while in college. Senior Airmen Brown was in the Air Force, while Captain Steinbrenner paid for his education at New York University by working as a full-time toolmaker. Given that endowment benefactor Brown also supported himself during undergraduate and law school, the Browns believe dedication to education and strong work ethic creates a lasting foundation for future success. “Having earned by hard work to get through college, made me value my education even more” said Mr. Brown. Therefore, in establishing the scholarship at Thomas Nelson, the Browns desire that recipients contribute financially to their education in order to avoid incurring debt while in college.

For more information about the Patrick Eugene Brown and Eugene C. Steinbrenner Memorial Scholarship and others available through Thomas Nelson’s Educational Foundation, visit or contact Overy at 757-253-6673.

The Educational Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to generating support for Thomas Nelson by raising funds, increasing visibility, and strengthening partnerships between the College, state and local communities.