Pictured: Nicholas Ricciuti, director of the Cecil County Department of Social Services and Chris Ann Szep, Cecil College vice president of institutional advancement and government relations, Hiram C. Brown Jr. and Jacqueline Brown. (August 28, 2013)

During his 53 years of life, Hiram C. Brown, of Fair Hill, built a legacy of compassion, creativity and caring, and is probably best remembered for two prominent roles. Many knew him as a successful musician and pianist with his own promotions business, while other are grateful for his approximately 15 years of service with the Cecil County Department of Social Services.

In recognition of these endeavors, the Cecil College Foundation has received donations, totaling $5,000, to establish the Hiram C. Brown Sr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship has two primary, but mufti-faceted, purposes: to develop and inspire those who wish to pursue careers in the performing arts and to encourage and inspire those who wish to devote their lives to addressing the inequities and challenges of society.

Jacqueline Brown, along with her son, Hiram C. Brown, Jr. initiated and contributed to the scholarship. Other contributors were J. M. Huber Corporation (Jacqueline Brown's employer), the Cecil County Department of Social Services/Donaldson Brown Fund (the late Mr. Brown's employer), St. James AME Church/Vernon Sewell Ensemble and family members. The scholarship is available to students majoring in performing arts, sociology, psychology and criminal justice.