Rosemary and John Brown’s Transformational Gift


Every financial gift to support a KSU student is pivotal. Last week, Rosemary and John Brown made a bold statement about the wisdom of investing in KSU students through a transformational $10 million contribution to benefit the exceptional students in Kennesaw State's Honors College.

As the largest contribution from a single donor and twice as large as any single gift the University has previously received in its history, the Browns' gift will greatly enhance our ability to provide scholarships for the approximately 1,400 students in the College, which will now be known as the Keeping Sights Upward (KSU) Journey Honors College. Under the leadership of Dean Rita Bailey, enrollment in the Honors College has increased 130% in the past three years alone. These game-changing scholarships will catapult our Honors College into a premier program in the state and beyond.

The Browns’ gift to KSU is innovative and unique. Their initial $10 million investment will be matched with other donors’ endowments to support the Honors College in perpetuity. Our goal is to grow their initial investment to $25 million, which we will do through a 150% match. For example, if a donor makes a $100,000 gift to establish an Honors scholarship endowment, that gift will become a $250,000 endowment in the donor’s sole name, in perpetuity.

We are grateful to the Browns, as their generosity aligns perfectly with KSU’s guiding principle of putting students first and will provide life-changing opportunities for generations of exceptional students.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten