The company announces first recipient of annual Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship and continues to strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

11 August 2022

Earlier this year, in partnership with the Beta Kappa Kappa chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.,[1] Lincoln Financial Group launched a scholarship to honor late Lincoln colleague and fraternity brother, Stacy Brown. During an event in June, the organizations came together in Greensboro, N.C. to award the first Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship and rename and dedicate Lincoln’s IT innovation center in his honor.  

This scholarship, the first of its kind at Lincoln, recognizes the achievements of a deserving Black or African American student who plans to pursue an education in computer science, information technology, data science, cybersecurity, software engineering or a related technical field. The $25,000 scholarship was created in memory of Brown, an integral member of Lincoln’s IT team, mentor, youth sports coach and an active member of his fraternity’s Beta Kappa Kappa chapter.

Bryson McCauley, this year’s scholarship recipient, is a graduate of High Point, N.C.’s Southwest Guilford High School who plans to pursue a degree in computer science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) this fall. Bryson has a passion for creativity and development and is interested in using this passion to advance technology and/or solve existing challenges. Bryson and his family joined leaders from Lincoln Financial, brothers from Omega Psi Phi and Stacy’s family during the Greensboro event, where he was recognized for his academic achievements, character and integrity.

Ken Solon, executive vice president, chief information officer and head of IT, Digital and Enterprise Services, Lincoln Financial Group congratulates Bryson McCauley, the first annual recipient of the Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship Ken Solon, executive vice president, chief information officer and head of IT, Digital and Enterprise Services, Lincoln Financial Group congratulates Bryson McCauley, the first annual recipient of the Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship

Ken Solon, executive vice president, chief information officer and head of IT, Digital and Enterprise Services, Lincoln Financial Group congratulates Bryson McCauley, the first annual recipient of the Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship

“This scholarship is important to me because it will allow me to pursue my goal of earning a college degree in computer science while easing some of the financial burden,” says McCauley. “After learning about Stacy Brown and the impact he had on the lives of those that knew him, I feel even more honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of the Stacy M. Brown Memorial IT Scholarship.”

Lincoln will continue partnering with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and scholarship recipients to build long-lasting relationships with opportunities for mentorship and future internships. The Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship will be instrumental in enriching the lives of young diverse talent pursuing an IT career in Stacy’s honor for years to come.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to Lincoln’s culture, and across our IT organization we foster an environment that supports, celebrates and actively recruits diverse talent at every level, from early career talent to representation on our leadership teams,” said Ken Solon, executive vice president, chief information officer and head of IT, Digital and Enterprise Services, Lincoln Financial Group. “I’m incredibly proud of the actions we’ve taken to translate that commitment into something as impactful as the Stacy Brown Memorial IT Scholarship and for the opportunity to be part of cultivating the next generation of technologists.”

Members of Lincoln Financial Group, Stacy Brown’s and Bryson McCauley’s families celebrate the awarding of the scholarship and the renaming and dedication of Lincoln Financial’s innovation center – “The Stacy Brown Innovation Lab.” Pictured from left to right: Jen Warne, Myles Brown, Ken Solon, Michelle DeCarlo, Stafford Thompson, Karon Brown, Miyah Brown, Bryson McCauley, Valarie McCauley, Donovan McCauley, Nigel McCauley, Joe Weider, Allison Green Johnson, Tom Faenza.

Members of Lincoln Financial Group, Stacy Brown’s and Bryson McCauley’s families celebrate the awarding of the scholarship and the renaming and dedication of Lincoln Financial’s innovation center – “The Stacy Brown Innovation Lab.” Pictured from left to right: Jen Warne, Myles Brown, Ken Solon, Michelle DeCarlo, Stafford Thompson, Karon Brown, Miyah Brown, Bryson McCauley, Valarie McCauley, Donovan McCauley, Nigel McCauley, Joe Weider, Allison Green Johnson, Tom Faenza.

This scholarship and Lincoln’s continued partnership with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. reinforce Lincoln’s broad commitment to early career talent, development, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). In 2020, the company launched an 8-part  action plan to further support racial justice and equity, including investments in The HistoryMakers and UNCF, increasing underrepresented populations at all levels of the organization, growing partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and more. Lincoln’s IT organization is helping to bring all this to life through expanded partnerships and programs. Lincoln recently partnered with HBCU Morgan State University to host its annual 24-hour student hackathon, codeLinc – and the company also expanded industry partnerships with diverse tech-focused organizations such as Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF). Additionally, Lincoln’s summer 2022 intern class is the largest and most diverse group of talent in the company’s history.

Click here to learn more about Lincoln Financial’s commitment and how it’s creating, expanding, building and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion across the workplace, with its partners and customers and in its communities.

 

[1Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is a historically African American fraternity founded in 1911 on HBCU Howard University’s campus. Scholarship is an integral and deep-rooted component of the organization.