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The H.O.P.E. Scholarship recently heard the roar of the Paul Quinn Tigers loud and clear. A few months ago, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell shared the story of Paul Quinn’s epic rebranding strategy on this site. The fruits of his labor were apparent when a proud member of his Quinnite Nation reigned victorious in the HOPE “140 Challenge” Twitter Book Scholarship.

Tajae Brown’s winning tweet to HOPE’s question, “As a college student feeling the effects of an unstable economy, what gives you #HOPE?”demonstrated ambition, strength of character as well as her ability to be a problem solver. In about 140 characters Tajae responded:

“What gives me hope, is knowing that I will be my own boss and create jobs for others. Knowing I’m the future.”

Brown, a Texas native, has overcome great obstacles to reach her senior year as a business management major. She began her undergraduate career at Texas College where she played volleyball team then transferred to Paul Quinn her sophomore year. The support system at Paul Quinn helped propel her academic and professional pursuits.

An outgoing student leader, Brown aspires to be an agent of change in her community. Her  goals for the next 10 years are to open her own daycare center for children from the ages of four weeks to 13-years-old. An early childcare facility will merge her love of teaching and her new found passion for business. Her ultimate goal is to own multiple care facilities throughout the United States. The HOPE “140 Challenge” scholarship will help support Brown as she completes her spring semester in preparation for a May 2012 graduation date.

Brown offers these words, “I don’t want to just have an average career and an average life. I want to make a difference in my city, region and state and this is a tremendous motivator for my work and service.”

Give HOPE. Live HOPE.
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