John and Stephania Brown Endowed Scholarship

Family of John and Stephania Brown

Type: Endowed


Family of John and Stephania Brown

Established: 2019

The John and Stephania Brown Endowed Scholarship was established by their children in honor and appreciation of their parents’ legacy at John Brown University, in the community and for their strong commitment to family.

John and Stephania were high school sweethearts.  Stephania is the daughter of former Siloam Springs mayor, Wilson and Mary Kathryn “Toady” Ford. John is the second born and only son of John E. Brown, Jr. and Caroline Trahin Brown.  John and Stephania married on Christmas day in 1968. John graduated from JBU in 1971 with a B.S. in Business Administration and then received a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1974. John followed his grandfather and father, serving as President of John Brown University from 1979 to 1993. His leadership and servanthood continued as Executive Director of the Windgate Foundation starting in 1993. John was also elected to the Arkansas State Senate, serving two terms as a servant to the public from 1995-2002. Stephania served alongside John at JBU while raising five children. She hosted JBU guests and volunteered at church and in the community, all while earning her B.S. in Education from JBU in 1992. Stephania taught in the Siloam Springs school district for a few years and served on the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Board from 1995-2008. John and Stephania remain in Siloam Springs still serving the community in a myriad of ways. John is currently Senior Advisor to the Windgate Foundation and Stephania devotes her time and resources to volunteering with non-profits that are focused on helping children and the underprivileged. In her spare time, she enjoys working in her beautiful gardens around their home. John and Stephania enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.