Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances 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.

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 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application. For more on scholarship conditions click here: Ron Brown Scholarship Conditions. The final application deadline is January 9th each year.

Annual Amount

$10,000 annually for four years

Open To

African-American high school seniors

Additional Selection Criteria


Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be Black/African American.
  • Must excel academically.
  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
  • Must participate in community service activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.  NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.
  • To Apply Click Here: Ron Brown Scholarship Application


Application Process

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  • 1

    Make sure you're eligible.

    Before downloading the application, please read through the eligibility requirements to make sure that you are qualified to apply.

  • 2

    Download, print and complete the application.

    Application is 333kb and requires Adobe Acrobat (plug-in). While you can print the application through your browser, we recommend downloading it first to ensure that all pages print properly. Download the application

  • 3

    Mail the completed application to the address on the form.

    Please ensure all four pages of application are included and mailed together in the same packet. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should not be sent under separate cover. Incomplete, emailed, or faxed applications will not be considered.

* Due to the volume of applications received, RBSP is only able to notify semi-finalists and finalists about the status of their application.



November 1, 2019


Mid February 2020

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