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Couple who are alumni contribute to APSU

Austin Peay State Universitys Fred Bo Brown Scholarship Endowment would not be here today if not for the generous contributions of two special alumni, Woodson and Christine Oliver.

The scholarship was created in honor of Brown, APSUs football and basketball coach during the 1930s. Brown was the first coach to lead APSUs basketball program through an undefeated season. His 19-33 record on the gridiron may appear less impressive, but it was Brown who rekindled APSUs football program in 1936 after a prolonged absence.
Austin Peay State University's Fred “Bo” Brown Scholarship Endowment would not be here today if not for the generous contributions of two special alumni, Woodson and Christine Oliver.

The scholarship was created in honor of Brown, APSU's football and basketball coach during the 1930s. Brown was the first coach to lead APSU's basketball program through an undefeated season. His 19-33 record on the gridiron may appear less impressive, but it was Brown who rekindled APSU's football program in 1936 after a prolonged absence.

Oliver grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and decided at a young age that he didn't want to “follow the mule” for the rest of his life and enrolled at APSU. During his first month at APSU he had to work odd jobs to pay his way through school. Brown approached Oliver and asked him to try out for the football squad.

With only one day of practice, Brown invited Oliver to play in the away game at Memphis State University. The tight end for APSU was injured on the first play of the game and Brown sent Oliver in to take his place. In spite of being unfamiliar with the plays called by the coach, Oliver played the entire game. On the way back to Clarksville, Brown invited Oliver to start eating with the team at the training table, signaling that he had earned his spot on the team.

It was Brown's unique opportunity that Oliver credits for his success.

Oliver was a naval pilot during World War II and established a successful career with U.S. Steel in Atlanta, Ga. After traveling the world for his company, he retired and returned to Clarksville. Now, Woodson and Christine Oliver hope to help others who are seeking the benefits afforded by a college education.

The Fred “Bo” Brown Scholarship is a football scholarship. For more information about eligibility and the application process, contact Kimberly Scott in the APSU University Advancement Office, (931) 221-7127. -- Barry Williams