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Browning, Pfizer establish scholarships

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—Two new scholarships that will support deserving students were recently established at Hood College by an alumna and longtime friend of the College.

The William H. Browning Jr. Community Scholarship was established by Frederick County native and philanthropist Bill Browning. The scholarship, which honors his commitment to the Frederick community, will support area students who transfer to Hood from Frederick Community College. A devoted friend of the College and higher education, the Mount Airy resident in 2003 also established the Gloria Grossnickle Scholarship Fund in memory of his friend, "Stretch" Grossnickle, and generously supported the Hood College Athletic Center, which opened in fall 2011.

Beryl Pfizer, an alumna from the class of 1949, established the Andy Rooney Scholarship. Students demonstrating a passion for writing are eligible for the award, which honors Rooney, her longtime colleague who considered himself first and foremost a writer. Pfizer's friendship with the legendary member of the 60 Minutes team, who died in November 2011, extends back to their days of writing for the Arthur Godfrey Show.

"Writing is the key to so much and the business of expressing yourself is so important," said Pfizer. "Hood was my special place. You’re fortunate when you find a college to help you go in the direction you want to go. For me, Hood was all that."

Pfizer enjoyed an exemplary career with ABC, CBS and NBC, including as producer in the late 1950s for the Today show. She continues to be active in New York theater.