Merit scholar heading to St. Louis

Photo provided by St. Scholastica Academy -- Mary Brent Brown of St. Scholastica Academy.
Photo provided by St. Scholastica Academy -- Mary Brent Brown of St. Scholastica Academy.

St. Scholastica Academy senior Mary-Brent Brown was recognized as a 2013 National Merit Scholar. This honor is awarded to only one-half of 1 percent of the 1.5 million U.S. high school students who take the PSAT. National Merit Scholars are chosen based on PSAT and SAT test scores, academic achievement, and a student’s written essay.

Brown will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., as a Danforth Scholar and an Entrepreneurial Scholar. Brown is also the Louisiana recipient of the $10,000 AXA Achievement Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report.

Among her many awards, Brown was chosen as the Archdiocesan Non-Public High School Student of the Year, received the Esprit de Femme Award from the LSU Women’s Center acknowledging her exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women, received the Blue Cross Blue Shield Angel Award acknowledging her outstanding performance in making life better for Louisiana children, was the Louisiana recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal, was the Louisiana representative in Washington, D.C., as an ANNpower Vital Voices Fellow, and was in the Final Four for Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year: Reader’s Choice.

Kids Wanna Help, the nonprofit she co-founded in 2007 with her sister, Beverly, was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as 2012 Outstanding Foundation.

Brown plans to double major in biology and finance. She is the daughter of Stacy and Brent Brown, of Covington; Beverly is a ninth-grader at SSA.