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Prospective Scholar FAQ

Visit the Craig & Galen Brown Foundation website for more information on the history of the scholarship program and the Brown family.

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 composite 1450 SAT or 33 ACT**
  • Enroll at Texas A&M the fall semester after your high school graduation and major in a STEM discipline (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 with preference from school counselors, teachers, and administrators, 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.
**ACT and SAT scores are not required for candidates beginning fall of 2021 due to Covid-19  

To maintain eligibility, a Brown Scholar must:

  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 semester GPA
  • Enroll full time each semester (minimum 12 hours) at Texas A&M University
  • Attend the annual Brown Foundation dinner which historically occurs each fall semester on campus
  • Update activities and any changes, including major, by notifying the Brown Foundation each fall and spring semester

All aspects of a student are considered for review, including:

  • High achievement in a rigorous academic environment
  • High co-curricular involvement with significant leadership roles and experiences
  • Demonstrated drive and grit to achieve personal and professional goals
  • Expectation of continued academic achievement and campus and community involvement at the college level
You must complete the admission and scholarship portions of either the Apply Texas application or the Coalition Application by December 15 of your senior year. There is no benefit to completing one over the other.
The scholarship application is REQUIRED to move forward in the review process. No exceptions.
You are encouraged to proactively seek out 2 letters of recommendation and upload them to your Applicant Information System (aka AIS portal; aka Admissions portal). Two letters of recommendation are required for consideration.
Yes, both Texas residents and non-residents are eligible for consideration.
You must submit either a complete ApplyTexas or Coalition Application (including scholarship application) by December 15 of your senior year.

Complete Apply Texas and Coalition applications are reviewed shortly after December 15. A short list is developed and students are contacted to provide additional documentation to include in their application packets to be forwarded to the Brown Foundation. Students not moving forward in review will not be contacted.
Complete application packets are forwarded to the foundation for review by Mr. Brown. Some applicants are selected for an interview. Final selections are made after the interview stage.
All students under consideration should know of their final status by mid-February.
Students selected to move forward in the review process will be contacted via email in mid-December regarding the further steps in the process. Students NOT selected to move forward after the initial review of applications will NOT be contacted.
All communication will be sent to the student’s email address used on their admissions application.
No, the Craig & Galen Brown Foundation Scholarship is only available to students at Texas A&M in College Station.
Yes, as long as you complete the scholarship application portion of your Apply Texas or Coalition application, you will be considered for other university-level scholarships.
If you are selected to move forward in the review process for the Terry Foundation scholarship or the Brockman Foundation Scholarship, you may participate in that process, however, you may not receive both the Brown and Terry/Brockman scholarships if selected.

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.
Participation in an honors program is not required, however, most Brown scholars participate in the University Honors program or an academic college-based program (ex. Engineering Honors Program).
All Brown Foundation Scholars are required to live on-campus your freshman year.