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Ron Brown Scholar Program to Honor Secretary Alexis Herman
By: Ron Brown Scholar program
Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Secretary Alexis M. Herman on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.
Each year the Ron Brown Scholar Program hosts an annual gala at which we honor Americans who exemplify the vision and ideals of the late Secretary Ronald H. Brown. We are honored to pay tribute to Secretary Herman’s life’s work and achievements by awarding her the 2020 Ronald H. Brown-American Journey Award that night. Her leadership and commitment to help enterprises and nonprofit organizations develop a prepared workforce and quality place of work, and her active community engagement, has truly been an inspiration to so many African Americans, particularly our Ron Brown Scholars. Her legacy fosters hope, urges action and demonstrates achievement in the African American community and with young people.
Named after the late Secretary Ronald H. Brown, the Ron Brown Scholar Program has become the premiere African-American college scholarship program. We receive approximately 5,000 applications for 20 scholarships annually, making it one of the most competitive national scholarship programs in the U.S. We continue to support some of the best and brightest of the next generation. Over the last twenty-three years, 465 academically-motivated and financially needy young people have been named Ron Brown Scholars, with 60% attending elite colleges and universities and seeing our college completion rate hold strong at 99 percent. Each recipient receives $40,000 toward their educational expenses. More recently, the Program has provided an additional 1,100 students with the same mentoring and leadership development services outside the scholarship awardees, and guidance to over 2,000 high school juniors and seniors through our college persistence and access initiatives. Beyond the stellar academic achievements of our students, our success stems from the Program’s focus on social responsibility, leadership and the betterment of community – values that reflect Ron Brown’s legacy.
Previous gala honorees have included: Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck, Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Vista Equity Partners, Kenneth Chenault, CEO, American Express, Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and basketball great and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
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