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Yevette Brown with colleagues

Respond to Violence Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Respond to Violence Endowed Scholarship Fund is an award for students pursuing meaningful work in across disciplines that works toward violence prevention, advocacy, and community service – a key element in the university’s Respond to Violence initiative.

If you are a student advocating for violence prevention in any discipline, you are eligible to apply.

If you are an alumni or community member, please considering giving to this important fund.

History of Respond to Violence

Yevette Brown

The Respond to Violence Scholarship was created by Yevette Brown in 2015 to support students interested in working to address violence issues through areas such as activism, policy, media, art, health, education, business or technology.

The Respond to Violence initiative was developed to bring together students, academics, citizens, community organizations, activists, policy makers, and social justice advocates in solutions-oriented discussions, research and programs of action.

Amount of Award: $1,000 annually in fall (if funding in account allows)

  1. Any incoming student to GSU; freshman, transfer students, Masters and Doctoral level students qualify if they are new to GSU in the semester in which the scholarship is awarded.
  2. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. Must be enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  4. Must have financial need as evidenced by a FAFSA or DACA form on file.
Documentation Required:

  • Essay (500 words) outlining what you are doing now, or your future plans to work toward impacting your local community in the area of violence prevention and social justice. You can address violence in any and all forms including but not limited to: gun, sexual, domestic.
Additional Information Regarding Awarding of Scholarship Funds:

  • Scholarship funds will be applied first to outstanding tuition and fees. Any award over that amount will be applied to the student’s GSU One Card.

*Donations to this fund through the Governors State University Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and all donors will receive an acknowledgement & tax letter

Why Respond?

Respond to Violence was founded in 2012 by Media Studies Professor Yevette Brown in response to a summer day in 2012 when a stray bullet tore through her son’s arm and her family’s heart. Thankful her son survived his injuries, Yevette wanted to do something to give voice to the many victims of violence and their loved ones. Through her efforts and the work of the Governors State Community, the Respond to Violence initiative was born.

Your Questions–Answered

How much money does the Respond to Violence Scholarship distribute every year?

The amount and numbers of scholarships awarded will vary dependent upon funds available. Our goal is to be able to award each student who applies every fall $1,000.

You can help us create a self-sustaining fund with your donation towards our $25,000 goal. The larger we grow the endowment fund, the greater the earnings are every year which allow for us to help more students.

Does the Respond to Violence Scholarship distribute recurring scholarships or should applicants re-apply each academic year?

Awards are offered annually for the fall semester through the GSU Foundation application process. Numbers of students we are able to award scholarships to will be based upon the funding available each year. A student can only receive the Respond to Violence Scholarship once an academic year. Students are welcome to apply each subsequent year the scholarship is offered.

How do I apply?

  1. Ensure you meet the criteria listed above.

  2. Complete a five hundred (500) word essay

  3. One page essay of need describing your film project including a budget outlining the associated expenses requested.

  4. Apply during the GSU Foundation’s application period for fall semester scholarships (roughly March – May each year). Visit for the full details on how to apply and application deadlines.

For more information, please contact the Governors State University Foundation Scholarships Office at or call 708.534.4128.

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