Hello all, (I posted this under the scholarship forum, but I also wanted to share this directly with parents).
In 2009, the James Graham Brown foundation in Louisville KY started a new leadership and educational initiative at the University of Louisville and Centre College called Brown Fellows (based on the Robertson scholarship at UNC and Duke), that would attract top students from both in and out of state and provide them with opportunities for leadership, service and international experience. Full tuition and stipends for room, boards, and books are provided, but in addition to that, every student is taken on an all expenses paid international trip with their fellow class members before the beginning of the school year. In 2009, the class of 2013 was taken to Panama. In 2010 we were taken to Vietnam and Cambodia, and next year's trip will be to Italy.
Every summer each fellow will receive $5,000 to support an enrichment project, and throughout the year will have special opportunities in their community. For example. In September the Brown Fellows dined with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra when they came to Kentucky for the world equestrain games, meet conductor Gustavo Dudamel and attend the performance the following evening. Also, the fellows have opportunities to meet with university advisers about things such as medical school applications and national/international scholarships such as Boren, Gilman, Goldwater, Fulbright, etc.
Students chosen are the best of their class. To become a finalist, students must have high gpa, test scores and a record of ECs and volunteering, and submit multiple recommendation letters as well as a proposal for a possible service project. Finalists chosen are then interviewed and selected based on multiple factors such as leadership potential and the ability to work well with a team.
There is no racial quotient or selection based on need. It is purely merit based. For more information, you can visit Brown Fellows > Home