City of Boston College Guide

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Sponsored by CAP Charitable Foundation
Description: The Ron Brown Scholar Program is a national program supported entirely by the CAP Charitable Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation. Established in December 1996, the program honors the late Ronald H. Brown, Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Ron Brown Scholarships may be used to supplement benefits from the college or university a student plans to attend and from othern foundations or organizations. Scholars may use the scholarship to cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, room and board, computers, health insurance, general living expenses and other college-related expenses. Scholars may request that all or a portion of the award be utilized each year of undergraduate study or deferred for graduate study.
Eligibility: The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. Current college students are not eligible to apply. Each year, a minimum of ten students will be designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000. The 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. More than 250 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars since the inception of the Program. Ron Brown Scholars are selected in the spring prior to entering college. Applications are screened during the month of February by Ron Brown Scholar Program staff. In March, finalists are invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington, D.C. at the expense of the CAP Charitable Foundation. Finalists are interviewed by members of the Ron Brown Selection Committee and are expected to participate in several Selection Weekend activities. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their applications, interviews and participation in Selection Weekend activities. Notification follows immediately.
Criteria: The program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society. Aplicants must excel academically, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must submit an application available from the program office or the website), transcript, letters of recommendation, essays, list of extracurricular/community activities and a list of honors and awards. Each application is carefully considered and evaluated according to the following criteria: academic promise, leadership ability, communication skills school and community involvement, and financial need.
Selection: Finalists will be interviewed in Washington, DC by a National Selection Committee the third week of March.
Award: $10,000 annually for four years
Number: minimum of 10
Deadline: November 1 (to be considered for other scholarships as well) and January 9th of senior year
Contact: Fran Hardey, Executive Assistant Ron Brown Scholar Program
1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 206
Charlottesville, VA22901
Phone: (434) 964-1588