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Ron Brown Scholarship

Offered by Ron Brown Scholar Program

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Aug 23, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

High School Senior

Application deadline:

January 9, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a Black or African American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently a high school senior? Furthermore, are you planning on soon attending college and have an interest in global entrepreneurship and/or community engagement? If that sounds like you, consider applying for the Ron Brown scholarship! Dedicated to supporting community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans, the scholarship awards $40,000 scholarships to 45-50 hardworking students each year. The scholarship is awarded over the course of one’s four-year undergraduate career, offering $10,000 per year. Winners must be planning on attending accredited four-year universities in the United States. In order to apply, applicants must submit two 500-word essays, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. If you’re passionate about community engagement and want some help paying for college, we encourage you to apply!

Bear in mind that this scholarship opens in September and has two annual deadlines. The deadlines are November 1st (to have your application be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program AND forwarded to a select and limited number of additional scholarship providers) and January 9th (final deadline in order to be considered for only the Ron Brown Scholar Program).

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to Black/African American U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are high school seniors at the time of their application. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Senior


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA




Academic Interest


Other Category

Low Income

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.

1,000-word essay

Academic transcript

Letters of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Ron Brown Scholarship winner will be announced: April 15, 2024.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Ron Brown Scholar Program at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Ron Brown Scholarship is renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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