Hugh and Linda both grew up in the town of Amherst, Nova Scotia, though they did not meet until they were at university in Halifax as Hugh went to Amherst Regional High School and Linda went to Saint Charles, the Catholic High School.
Hugh’s father passed away when he was in grade 11, leaving his plans to attend university in limbo. Through the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP) he attended Dalhousie University for his undergraduate degree in Commerce and went on to become the first person to graduate from Dalhousie’s brand-new MBA program (based on his last name starting with a ‘B’) in 1969.
Hugh was offered one job out of university which took him away from the Maritimes to Toronto to start his career. Nevertheless, Hugh and Linda kept strong roots to the Maritimes, returning every summer to vacation on the Amherst Shore.
About the fund
Both Hugh and Linda strongly believe that post-secondary education can create a world of opportunities for youth. In 2014 they created the Hugh and Linda Brown Educational Foundation (BEF) with the mission to assist financially disadvantaged individuals in Atlantic Canada, especially those in Nova Scotia, obtain an education and employment, thereby enhancing their life outcomes and society in general. BEF does not make grants directly to individuals but rather through recognized institutions organized to achieve this outcome.
Hugh and Linda are so happy to support two scholarships for students at Amherst Regional High School that will help provide them with post-secondary education.
The deadline for applications is May 30th.