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What is the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation Scholarship Program?
Since 1992, the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation (“Brown Foundation”) has partnered with Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Foundation, providing more than 400 four-year scholarships to high achieving, well-rounded high school students who were recognized as National Merit semifinalists and majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or business. In fall 2019, 46 Brown Scholars will be enrolled at Texas A&M University as freshmen.
Beginning with the freshmen class enrolled for fall 2020, the Brown Foundation will award additional graduate scholarships and offer unique summer internships combined with its four-year undergraduate Brown Foundation Scholarship which can include:
- EnMed Scholarship (joint program awarding M.D./Master in Engineering degrees, four year scholarship)
- Master in Engineering (one year scholarship)
- Master in Business (one-year scholarship)
- Houston Methodist Research Institute Summer Internship (ten-week research opportunity)
- Global Summer Internship Scholarship with Bray International, Inc.
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The relationship between the Brown Foundation Board and staff with Brown Scholars begins at the time of the initial interview and continues throughout a Brown Scholar’s college experience and beyond graduation. As part of this relationship, the Brown Foundation works to highlight milestone events of each Brown Scholar, current and past, both personally and professionally, which are updated on the Brown Foundation website. Brown Scholar graduates also have the opportunity to assist the Brown Foundation’s recruiting efforts by conducting interviews with prospective scholar candidates, attending Brown Foundation reunions, and other events. Upon enrollment, incoming Brown Scholars will be paired with an upperclassmen pursuing the same major as part of the mentor program, created on their own initiative, by Brown Scholars attending Texas A&M University. Mentors will serve as role models for leadership, service, excellence, and academic success.
The Craig & Galen Brown Foundation award scholarships to high achieving high school students recognized as National Merit Semifinalists. Applicants must possess the following:
- High academic achievement with rigorous curriculum
- Participation in school organizations and activities, including community service
- Leadership positions
- Excellent people and communication skills
While attending Texas A&M University, Brown Foundation Scholars have received the highest accolades and awards during their university experience which include:
- Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, and Goldwater Scholar recipients or finalists
- Student Body President and Officers
- MSC President and Officers
- Senior Class President and Officers
- Student Engineering Council President and Officers
- Outstanding Senior Engineering Award
Brown Scholars are expected to maintain academic excellence while attending Texas A&M University. The average Brown Scholar GPA since inception is 3.86 and approximately 40% of Brown Scholars have earned a 4.0 GPA upon graduation.
Scholarship decisions are made by the Brown Foundation after personal interviews; parent attendance is encouraged. Visit the Craig & Galen Brown Foundation for more information: brownfound.org
For consideration, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or graduate of an accredited U.S. high school
- Be a National Merit Semifinalist
- Have been awarded a President’s Endowed Scholarship (guaranteed to admitted National Merit Semifinalists)
- Score at least a 1400 SAT (with at least a 620 in evidence- based writing and at least a 660 in math) or a 32 composite ACT score (at least a 27 in both English & Math)
- Enroll at Texas A&M the fall semester after your high school graduation and major in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or math) or Business at one of the University Colleges: Engineering, Science, Ag & Life Sciences, Biomedical Science & Veterinary Medicine, Public Health or Mays Business College
- Provide two letters of recommendation, school counselors, teachers, administrators preferred, and a high school transcript*
*The above items will be requested for those who are being reviewed by the Texas A&M University Craig and Galen Brown Foundation review committee, if not already available to Texas A&M University. Request for these items does NOT necessarily indicate that you will be requested to interview with the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation.
To maintain eligibility once the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation scholarship, you must:
- Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPR and a 3.25 semester GPR.
- Enroll full time each semester (minimum 12 hours) at Texas A&M University.
- Attend the annual Brown Foundation dinner which takes place each fall semester on campus.
Brown EnMed Scholarship
- Fifteen Brown Scholars will be selected for automatic conditional admission to the Texas A&M /Houston Methodist Engineering Medicine Program (“EnMed”) and will receive an additional 4-year scholarship for the EnMed Graduate Program from the Brown Foundation. EnMed graduates receive joint M.D. and Master of Engineering degrees in four years after completion of their Texas A&M University undergraduate degree. The early admission process into the Brown EnMed Program for high school seniors is available only to Brown Foundation Scholarship students.
Brown Master in Engineering / Business Scholarship
- Brown Scholars who receive undergraduate engineering degrees are eligible for an additional one-year scholarship pursuing a Master of Engineering or Business at Texas A&M.
Brown HMRI Medical Research Internship Scholarship
- Ten Brown Scholars in an undergraduate STEM program will be selected by the Brown Foundation for participation in the 10-week summer internship program at the world renown Houston Methodist Research Institute ("HMRI") where they will be paired with a faculty member and conduct research in their field of interest. Selected Brown Scholars will receive a HMRI internship scholarship from the Brown Foundation.
Global Summer Internship Scholarship with Bray International, Inc.
- Brown Scholars are eligible for Global Summer Internships at Bray International Inc.
- Brown Scholars receive automatic eligibility for the Mays Business Honors Program, Brown Foundation Engineering Honors program, and University Honors Program.
- Brown Scholars receive automatic eligibility to apply for the Texas A&M Champs Fitzhugh Italy trip for 27 incoming National Merit freshmen.
- Brown Scholars receive automatic eligibility to interview with either of: College of Science, College of Engineering, or College of Ag & Life Sciences (5 positions per respective College) for conditional acceptance to the Texas A & M College of Medicine (15 total positions). Acceptance does not limit the ability to apply to other medical schools.
- Students majoring in STEM disciplines are offered research opportunities with professors commencing in the spring semester of their freshman year.
- Graduating seniors attend a spring Bar-B-Que celebration at Brown Top Ranch.
- Brown Scholars attend the annual Brown Foundation dinner on campus each fall semester along with the Texas A&M System Chancellor, University President, members of the Board of Regents, Provosts, Deans, faculty, administrators, and parents of graduating seniors.
- Guaranteed on-campus housing for freshmen majoring in engineering and business, and for Corps of Cadets members and University Scholars.
- Incoming freshmen will be assigned an upper classman Brown Scholar mentor.
- Meetings with the Founder, Craig Brown, and other advisors throughout the school year and support, as needed from Brown Foundation members and former Brown Scholars.
- Continued support and guidance from the Brown Foundation after graduation. The Brown Foundation makes a lifelong commitment to Brown Scholars.
- Brown Foundation scholarships for undergraduates are four-year awards. You must meet renewal eligibility requirements each year to continue receiving your scholarship for future years.
- Brown Foundation EnMed Scholarships are four-year graduate scholarships for students receiving the Brown Foundation Scholarship as an undergraduate and chosen as one of the 15 high school seniors conditionally admitted to the EnMed Program.
- Brown Foundation Scholarship in Master of Engineering or Business is a supplemental one-year graduate scholarship for Brown Foundation Scholars receiving an engineering undergraduate degree and meeting eligibility requirements.
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Application. You must complete the admission and scholarship portions to be considered. All applications received will be reviewed and selected by the Brown Foundation and Texas A&M University’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Office, and applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted and interviewed by the Brown Foundation for final selection.
Applications are preferred to be received by October 10, but in no case later than December 2.
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