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Wofford senior named to USA Today's All-USA College Academic Second Team


2010-06-09

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Tramaine Brown founded Math Academy mentoring, tutoring program

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Tramaine Brown, a rising senior at Wofford College and previous winner of the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service, has been named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Second Team. (See http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-06-09-all-usa-runnersup_N.htm.)

Brown’s recognitions, including the latest from USA Today, have centered on the Wofford Math Academy he founded, a mentoring and tutoring program that pairs college student and faculty volunteers with students at Cleveland and Mary H. Wright Elementary schools in Spartanburg County. He has recruited more than 50 Wofford faculty and students to be one-on-one tutors in this program, which he conceived in consultation with the administration and faculty at the elementary schools struggling with low standardized test scores.

“Tramaine is a true leader,” Dr. Audrey Grant, principal at Cleveland Elementary, says. Brown had approached her with the idea of the math tutoring and mentoring program. “A true leader is one who is able to identify (a mission), as well as to provide support and give direction and guidance to those around him who can help in that endeavor. Tramaine is already a leader in his own right, but also a young man who is able to bring people together to make a difference in our community.”

Brown, who grew up in Spartanburg, attended Whitlock Junior High and Spartanburg High schools, taking part in the Citizen Scholars Program of the Spartanburg County Foundation.

“From that program, and others I was involved in such as the Outward Bound program, I really saw the importance of community,” Brown told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in a 2008 feature about the Math Academy. “My mom is a single parent and she works very hard – two jobs – just to support us, and I just saw the need and power of community and what it really means and the impact it could have on my life, and I wanted to share that with other people.”

The English and Spanish major was one of five recipients of a 2008 Jefferson Award for Public Service. The national program was founded in 1972 to honor the highest ideals and achievements in the field of public service. Recipients are selected annually to recognize outstanding dedication, sacrifice and accomplishment by individuals serving their communities.

He is a Gates Millennium Scholar and the recipient of one of Wofford’s “Twenty-first Century Boarding Pass” scholarships to study in Guanajuato, Mexico, during January Interim 2008. He was honored by the college for his special commitment to diversity and equality at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation at Wofford in January 2008.

Brown also has been involved with Wofford’s Twin Towers, a student community service and leadership organization, serving on the cabinet. He also is a member of Soldiers for Christ, a Bible study group on campus, in addition to serving as a commissioner of the Wofford College Judicial System, residential advisor for first-year students, and a member of the Wofford Facilities Council.