Ron Brown Scholar Program


January 09, 2024

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) is a selective scholarship program available to high school senior to advance higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be Black/African American, US citizens or permanent residents, and a current high school senior at the time of their application.

    Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Since the Program’s inception in 1996, more than 450 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars. Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship must be Black/African American, US citizens or permanent residents, and a current high school senior at the time of their application.
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Malaysia K  on 1/9/2023 8:15:12 PM

I am applying for this scholarship in order to be the first of my siblings to attend college.I have been accepted at one of the best schools.But I will need all of the financial assistance possible to obtain my goal.

Justin R  on 2/13/2021 10:01:52 AM

I did apply for this scholarship. I applied because I want to be able to help my family. I wasn’t able to get go to school for my athletics so now I’m relying on my academics to get me where I want to go. I have been accepted to one of the schools I want to go to but I have enough money for enrollment and this scholarship will be a huge help to me and my goal.

Alex M  on 2/9/2021 12:30:16 PM

I have thought about attending college since I was in fifth grade, which has not changed; in addition, of owning my own business. My first thought was to become a private military contractor; however, after much thought, I want my business to grow and operate in such a way that it gives others the unique experience of owning and operating their own businesses also. To attend college will give me the opportunity to grow and learn from others. In turn, this scholarship will advance me to excel in college. Thank you for your consideration.

Nia T  on 2/2/2021 9:48:10 PM

This scholarship will be very beneficial to me in helping to fulfill my dream of becoming a college graduate. I have worked hard throughout the years to get to this chapter of my life. I've held several roles as a leader at my high school. I want to continue to do this not only while in college but beyond that teaching young girls of all ages and races that dreams of being successful can come true.

Karrief H  on 1/31/2021 6:38:55 PM

This scholarship will fulfill my dream to becoming a dentist and will mean the absolute world for me. I am currently in my senior year admitting into colleges and would love to be awarded this amazing scholarship so me and my family wouldn't have to worry about anything else while achieving my goal. I have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and thought of being a dentist ever since I was a little boy. Winning this scholarship would help take my potential to a whole new level. I would hope that you consider me for this scholarship and take time to ride this! thank you for your time, have a good day.

Tristen F  on 1/30/2021 10:25:41 PM

I am applying to this scholarship because it give me a way to help my mom pay for my college as well as getting me closer and closer to accomplishing my goals in life and being in the career I wannabe in and just simply being happy wih my life.

Grayson M  on 12/30/2020 7:12:23 PM

This scholarship would mean the world to me and my family. I know the value of a dollar and I work very hard in achieving what I have. I have had the same job since I was fourteen. I am currently a high school senior and my GPA is currently 4.23. I have been in the honors society for the past three years and I became president of the Honors Society just this year. I have played basketball at my school since I was in 5th grade. Sports and exercise mean a lot to me to help me with my type 1 diabetes. I admire my nurses and doctors so much I have decided to go into the health field as a nurse anesthetist. I hope I can continue to help others as they helped me.Thank you for your consideration.

Precious G  on 12/9/2020 1:19:37 AM

I’m applying for this scholarship because I want to help better our medical and political system. Winning this scholarship would help me become a Nurse Practitioner and, also have a minor in Political Science. I take my education very seriously and when I put my mind to i’m dedicated. Thank you so much for your time!

Aretha Brown  on 6/25/2020 6:00:34 PM

I am applying for this scholarship to add the black history component to my social studies certification to teach.

Garrison William Washington  on 1/23/2020 12:09:14 AM

The highest duty of every citizen is public and community service. The benefactors of higher education reflect the fruits of community investors and stakeholders that planted and cultivated seeds on fertile soil to which now has become obligatory to maintain by the return of their time, talents, and treasures.

Erika M  on 4/11/2018 4:50:45 PM

Will you be posting the winner for the Ron Brown scholarship 2018? Thank you!  on 3/20/2018 7:29:39 PM

When is the announcement for the scholarship winners?

Naomi W  on 11/1/2014 11:50:29 PM

Yes! I mailed in my app yesterday :) Super excited!