The Ron Brown Scholar Program scholarship is an amazing opportunity for high achieving, well-rounded Black/African American students with leadership potential. In evaluating applicants, financial need is a factor; the scholarship is renewable for all four years as long as the recipient is in good academic standing. The Ron Brown Scholar’s Program was created in memory of Ron Brown, the first African-American appointed to the Cabinet post of Secretary of Commerce and the first to serve as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. At the time of his death (in a plane crash) in 1996, Brown was globally respected for his intelligence and leadership.
Who is eligible to apply to the Ron Brown Scholar Program?
All applicants must be:
- Black/African American
- Excel academically
- Exhibit exceptional leadership potential
- Participate in community service activities
- Demonstrate financial need
- US citizens or hold a permanent resident visa cards
- Current high school seniors at the time of application
NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply
This scholarship application has multiple components, so start early. Applicants must submit essays, transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation. In order to put your very best application before the selection committee, give yourself the time a once in a lifetime opportunity like this requires!
How much is the scholarship worth?
Ron Brown Scholars receive four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). Remember, acceptance into the Program means Scholars is valuable in ways beyond the monetary award. Scholars are provided with the nurturing and mentorship to succeed and flourish in college and beyond.
When is the Ron Brown Scholar’s Program application due?
January 9, 2021 is the application deadline. Here is an official timeline of important dates.