Sparta native's legacy funds nursing scholarships at Tennessee Tech

Although she never attended college herself, Anna Scott Brown wanted to make sure others could. A lifelong Sparta resident who died in 1995, Brown left behind a $22,000 bequest for nursing scholarships for Tennessee Technological University.

Born in rural White County in 1905, Brown left White County High School in her junior year to get married. She had a love for the health care profession and designated in her will that 25 percent of her cash holdings be used to establish scholarships for Tennessee Tech's School of Nursing.

Brown and her husband, Arthur (known to many as A.D.), established Modern Dry Cleaners in Sparta and ran it until they retired together in 1965. While they planned to spend their retirement raising cattle on their family farm, they began breeding Airedale Terriers as a hobby. That hobby later turned into a thriving business of its own, Stonehead Kennels, with sales all over the world. After A.D. died in the 1970s, Anna continued to operate Stonehead Kennels until the 1980s.

"This is an excellent example of how a donor's planned gift can benefit our students," says Tiff Rector, director of planned giving and corporation and foundation giving for Tennessee Tech.

"It might not have been possible for Mrs. Brown to make this size of gift outright. Through her will, though, Mrs. Brown was able to make a wonderful contribution that will help generations of students to come," he added.