Ron Brown Scholarship
The Ron Brown scholar fund was established in 1996 and is addressed to African-American people. Ron Brown was
the first African American Secretary of Commerce and the first to serve as Chairman of the Democratic National
Committee. He died in a plane crash. Being an intelligent person, and a respected leader in his field, his name was
given this fund.
The Ron Brown scholarship has a mission in helping African American people who want to attend a college, but
doesn’t have the necessary financial possibility. Also these people have to excel in the field that they are
studying or have studied when they submit the application for this scholarship. Every year students are selected
after rigorous and well -established criteria. They
receive 10.000 dollars annually, 40.000 in total for all selected students. This money has the role of
paying for all expenses during the study years. The scholarship is for those who want to attend a college, not
those who are already doing this.
To be eligible for the Ron Brown scholarship students have to meet some criteria.
The most important one is to be an African American person. The second is to have excellent school results and show
scholar leadership. All others are: to be a United States citizen, not to attend a college when the person is
applying for this scholarship, have extraordinary leadership potential, take part in services that the community
needs and prove the financial need.
The scholar program that the Ron Brown scholarship proposes is named
“L.E.A.D.” (Leadership Enrichment and Academic Development) and its slogan is “Preparing the next generation for
the future”. This program, only through its name and slogan, shows what the fund sustains and what the priorities
are for it: the development of African American students on multiple fields, focusing on leadership but also giving
the chance to study in so many domains at the finest colleges and universities. With the 10000 dollars that the Ron
Brown scholarship offers one can pay for covering the tuition, books costs, health care, cover the accommodation
expenses and other costs that are college related.
There are two application dates: November 1st and January 9th. The fund asks for two letters of recommendation, one
from the scholar councilor or from the principal and the other from a person who knows the candidate very well.
Considering the requirements for the two days, the candidates can choose between them depending what they want. The
semi finalists will be elected in February and the finalists in March. They will be contacted to sustain an
interview with the National Selection Committee.
The Ron Brown scholar fund has as partners Claude Moor Charitable Foundation, DLA Piper, National Education
Association, Oak Foundation, Teach for America and Version Business. Everyone can become a partner and get involved
in sustaining the ideas and financial support by the following methods: endowed scholarship, cultivation events,
internship or by buying the book “I have risen”.
Ron Brown scholar program gives its candidates the opportunity to participate in an important “contest” which has
the “prize” an extraordinary scholarship. Scholar leadership and service to community is cultivated through a well
organized program with 100% chances of success. Brown scholar leadership in also important in the African Americans
life, as it helps them becoming stronger people and accomplishing their present and future goals. Another
remarkable scholarship program is the Kohls scholarship. Its goal is to reward
young people (age between 6 and 18) who are volunteering in community services. Winners are selected based on an
essay about the project he or she participated in.
The essay’s purpose is to show all the details regarding the person’s activities. Their fund is used in grant
awards for more than 2100 children this year. Both these programs, the Ron Brown scholarship and the Kohl’s
scholarship, have the purpose of encouraging the work for the community services. The difference is that one
supports African American people and the other children with ages between 6 and 18.
The Ron Brown scholarship supports African American people in following their dream of finishing a college or a
university. With its help many students could gather the necessary knowledge to practice the job that they love and
professionally evolve. Not only this scholar fund helps students with excellent school results in finishing their
studies, but also, by a scholar program named “Brown scholar alumni association”, helps them keep in touch and
share their successful experiences.
The other role of this association is to provide support for the future and actual candidates. With a strong fund,
The Ron Brown scholarship helps a minimum of ten excellent students by offering them 10000 dollars each annually.
They can develop their leadership skills and also can study the domain that they like. All the students that
benefit from this financial aid graduated. Thanks to the success of this program, the Ron Brown scholar fund draws
donations and sponsorships.