The Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) Brown Annual Fund (BAF) Scholarship provides financial support with a preference for exceptional African American and Black students at Brown. Created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Walkout of 1968, the scholarship is one of the newest avenues for donors to help cultivate a fully diverse and inclusive Brown.

Be an agent of change

Support diversity at Brown by giving to the IPC BAF Scholarship today.


Since the scholarship was announced at the 2018 Black Alumni Reunion, it has received resounding support from the Brown alumni community. To get the scholarship off the ground, donors contributed $130,000 in just four months—enabling the launch of the scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year.

In the last four years, donor support of the IPC BAF Scholarship has continued to grow exponentially, cumulatively supporting 39 students and creating a community of recipients and supporters.

Being a recipient of this scholarship is incredible. People who don't even know me are rooting for me and my success. Knowing that others want to see me win and beat the odds makes me want to do just that and more.

Zakiyah Whitaker '23 IPC BAF Scholarship recipient
Zakiyah Whitaker '23

Establish a Named IPC BAF Scholarship

The IPC BAF Scholarship demonstrates not only Brown’s commitment to African American and Black students, but also the greater alumni community’s support of Brown’s efforts to cultivate a diverse and inclusive student body. Through named IPC BAF Scholarships, our community can have an even greater impact.

These scholarships provide need-based financial aid for domestic undergraduate students at Brown. Establishing your own IPC BAF Scholarship requires either a four- or five-year commitment of $25,000+ per year or a one-time gift of $100,000+.

Current Gift Matching Challenges

Amplify the power of your gift with these matching challenges.

IPC Brown Annual Fund Scholarship Challenge

through June 30, 2024

All gifts to the IPC BAF Scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar—up to $250,000—now through June 30, 2024. Dollars raised will directly support financial aid for undergraduate students. This generous challenge match is sponsored by University Chancellor Samuel M. Mencoff ’78, P’11, P’15 & Ann S. Mencoff P’11, P’15 and President’s Leadership Council member Holly R. Hagens ’93 & Todd Sisitsky, along with the Backstrom Family Foundation and Jason T. Backstrom ’07—in memory of Desirée N. Bennett, ’78, P’07.

IPC BAF Scholarship Leadership Challenge

February 1 through June 30, 2024

In celebration of the five-year anniversary of this scholarship, the first 20 new gifts of $1,500 or more to the IPC BAF Scholarship will be matched with a gift of $5,000, contributing a total of $100,000 in matching funds to directly support students. This generous match is sponsored by anonymous donors.

For information about specific giving opportunities, please contact:

Alyssia Coates, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Development, Inclusive Philanthropic Engagement
+1 (401) 863-1221

Impact funds, like the IPC Brown Annual Fund Scholarship, are part of the Brown Annual Fund family. Donor support of these giving options amplifies a key University priority. Your gift made to an impact fund will be used where it's most needed within the fund's focus area, empowering the University to be strategic and effective with every dollar.

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