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2020 ExtraordinaryIs Scholarships

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The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation is proud to announce and congratulate our ten extraordinary scholars for 2020.

Kendall Johnson

Essence Jefferson

Sarah Lewis

Xaria Williams

Kenedi Houston

Mark Grey

Karlondra Smith

Tarik Lbayad

Nia Altman

Ifunanya "Treasure" Okey-Ilo

Join Us For


A FREE Drive-thru Turkey and Food Box Giveaway! 

Saturday , November 21, 2020

11 AM to 2 PM

Sam Houston High School 

Gym Parking Lot

First Come, First Serve! 


Vehicles will not be allowed to arrive more than an hour before the event start time. 

 1 turkey per vehicle. 

Food items will be placed in your trunk by event volunteers. Your vehicle trunk must be empty.  
For safety reasons, turkeys will not be placed inside the back seat or front seat of the vehicle.

Walk-Ups will not be allowed under any circumstances. 

You must remain in your vehicle at all times. 

Please wear your mask in the drive-thru distribution line.

Join us for a Virtual FUNraiser on 

Friday, November 13th! 

And Help Us FUNraise $100,000 by November 30th!

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are not able to have our 6th Annual ExtraordinaryIs Award Gala this year. We wish we could celebrate with you in person, but our first priority is to make sure that everyone remains safe. There is still a lot of work to do! The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation has officially launched its 2020 FUNraising campaign. Your financial support is more important than ever. Our mission is to do good work in our community. Donations will be used to help non profits and provide college scholarships in our North Texas metroplex. No donation is too small or too big! We would love as many people as possible to support us! Help us FUNraise $100,000 by November 30, 2020!

Join us on Friday, November 13th, on our ExtraordinaryIS Facebook page from 7pm- 8pm for a special virtual FUNraiser! Thank you in advance for your continued support! 

ORBF NonProfit Spotlight: Helping Us, Help Her

Please take a few minutes to learn about one of our favorite nonprofits Helping Us, Help Her (HUHH). This Arlington based organization is dedicated to empowering teenage girls by helping them discover their purpose in life. HUHH’s mission is to provide developmental tools to strengthen their self confidence. ORBF has been providing support to this nonprofit since 2016.

The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation - HUHH - Dandreon Gray from Kinetigraf Entertainment LLC.


ORBF participated in North Texas Giving Day on September 17, 2020.  This historic community event was an 18 hour giving extravaganza that benefited local nonprofits, like ORBF, to make a huge difference in our community. NTXGD raised over $58.8 million dollars for nonprofit programs in our metroplex. Over 106,000 people donated to over 3,200 nonprofits in our region. Donations came from all 50 states and 26 countries. 22,800 people pledged to volunteer over 685,000 service hours in our community over the next year. What an incredible spirit North Texans have to give back and make our metroplex a better place! Many thanks to everyone who donated to support our commitment to empowering ordinary people making an extraordinary impact!

#ORBF #ExtraordinaryIS #Giving #NTxGivingDay #Charity #DoGood #BeKind


In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Otis & Rosie Brown Foundation committed and distributed $10,000 in support of feeding and community programs in the DFW metroplex.

Under the leadership of Co-Founder and Board Chair, Thasunda Brown Duckett and Executive Director, Shannon Flowers, ORBF proudly matched Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams‘ donation of $2,500 to Mission Arlington. Mission Arlington has been serving the Arlington community since 1986 providing food, clothing, shelter, and job opportunities to those in need. 

On May 5, 2020, Cinco de Mayo, ORBF disbursed over 250 meals from the Soul Good Food Truck in the Fairmount Southside Historic District in partnership with Atmos Energy and the City of Fort Worth.  ORBF also partnered with Potter's House Church of Dallas providing $2,500 for the distribution of family meals.

ORBF gave $2,500 to the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Ministry's Turn Around Agenda High School Hero's Program. Their event took place on Friday, July 31, 2020 on Facebook and YouTube Live.  Our donation went towards 25 Senior scholarships who maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher and submitted a reference letter for acceptance into the program.  The students attended the following high schools: Carter; Kimble; Lancaster; and Duncanville. Each student was featured during the live cast, stating where they are graduating from and what college they will be attending.

On Saturday, August 15, 2020, ORBF partnered with Soul Good Food Truck to provide box lunches for the doctors, nurses, and support staff at Cooks Children Medical Center in Fort Worth.  ORBF also handed out  $500 in school supplies to the patients.

Join the Movement

What does extraordinary mean to you?

The ExtraordinaryIS movement seeks to improve our community by finding and rewarding ordinary people who have the conviction to achieve extraordinary goals with limited resources. Join us in honoring and celebrating these extraordinary heroes in our community.

The city of Arlington honors the Thasunda Brown-Duckett, Founder and CEO of the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation

Extraordinary Scholars

Nominate a student today for the 2021 ExtraordinaryIS Scholarship Award!  Do you know an extraordinary high school senior who gives back to the community? The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation  provides scholarships to these unsung heroes in our local area high schools. The 2021 application submission deadline will be announced in January 2021.  Awardees will be announced by the end May, 2021.

We also offer a Renewal Sustaining Grant for past ExtraordinaryIS Scholars to continue their college education. Returning ExtraordinaryIS Scholars should reapply using the same submission form. We look forward to hearing from you.  Good luck pursuing your higher education dreams!

Extraordinary Nonprofits

Do you know of an extraordinary Texas-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an extraordinary story? The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation's ExtraordinaryIS grant program recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary things with limited resources in our community. Nominate your favorite nonprofit organization for an ExtraordinaryIS Award today!

Extraordinary Impact

The ExtraordinaryIS Impact Award says thank you to outstanding individuals who impact our community in positive ways. Nominate your favorite community advocate for the ExtraordinaryIs Impact Award today.

Extraordinary SLAMfest

SLAMfest is our annual basketball tournament and fundraiser at Sam Houston High School benefiting the Arlington Independent School basketball programs. Our event also raises money and provides school supplies to children in need across the DFW metroplex. 

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Arlington, TX 76002

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Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.