Brown Foundation Gives $15 Million to Draw Future Honors Students to Texas

A $15 million gift from the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation of Houston aims to make Texas A&M University even more attractive to incoming freshmen of the highest academic caliber.

This most recent gift — annual donations made through the Texas A&M Foundation over a 50-year period — significantly expands the Brown Foundation Scholars program. Since 1992 the Brown Foundation has offered four-year scholarships to more than 125 high-achieving freshmen in coordination with the university’s Honors and Undergraduate Research office to recruit stellar high school graduates, predominantly National Merit Scholars.

Texas A&M ranks among the country’s top 10 institutions in enrollment of new National Merit Scholars and is tops in Texas and second nationally among all public universities, according to a January report by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

“The Brown Foundation’s goal is to attract those students who are academically gifted and very involved in school organizations as well as community and volunteer activities. These students are individuals who will make a significant difference now and in the future,” said Craig C. Brown, the Foundation’s President and Chairman of the Board.

“With their excellent people skills, Brown Scholars are role models and leaders for A&M and their community,” said Brown, a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M. “They understand and practice the philosophy of the Brown Foundation: ‘In life, it is not what you take with you, but what you leave behind that counts.'”

The Brown Foundation’s gift is expected to benefit up to 70 students annually across the Dwight Look College of Engineering, College of Science and College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The Honors and Undergraduate Research office will nominate incoming freshmen on the basis of academic excellence, extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership. The selected students will receive a four-year scholarship from the Brown Foundation as well as scholarships provided by Honors and Undergraduate Research and their respective colleges.

For the full story, visit the Dwight Look College of Engineering news page.

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