Ways To Support

Below are some ways that you can support the Ron Brown Scholar Program.

Endowed Scholarships

$40,000/$10,000 annually funds the cost of one full 4-year scholarship to support a Ron Brown Scholar to be paid over four years.

Fellowships

$36,000 funds a year-long work experience for Ron Brown Scholars to participate in research and non-profit work.

Summer Internship Stipends

$4,000 funds summer opportunities for Ron Brown Scholars to intern non-profit organizations, conduct community service projects or independent research. On average, one-third of our undergraduate Scholars volunteer each summer.

Annual Ronald H. Brown American Journey Awards

A special event celebrating the life journey and continuing legacy of Ronald H. Brown and honoring his lifelong commitment to service and dedication to providing opportunities for others. Three outstanding individuals are presented with the annual Ronald H. BrownAmerican Journey Award.  Sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels.

  • $3,500 – Bronze Sponsor
  • $5,000 – Silver Sponsor
  • $15,000 – Gold Sponsor
  • $25,000 – Platinum Sponsor
  • $50,000 – Diamond Sponsor

Study Abroad Leadership

$5,000 funds a leadership experience abroad, challenging Ron Brown Scholars to excel in the global classroom.  The experience includes:

  • Direct interaction with the country’s citizens, small business owners, decision makers, powerbrokers and policy makers;
  • Interactive lessons designed to develop understanding of the national history and the evolution of the local and national economies;  Ideas on the traits of leadership across cultures and countries;
  • Development of a community service project that benefits the local community for the duration of the summer experience.

Summer Leadership Conferences

The Summer Leadership Conferences maintain connections among Scholars despite varied career goals and geographical residences. The thematic conferences gather the entire group of Scholars for professional and personal renewal. The conferences enhance the Scholars’ vision of the potential of the Ron Brown Scholar network, provide Scholars with a dynamic opportunity to bond with each other, stimulate a long-lasting and far-reaching network of referrals, support, and advice, disseminate information and challenge Scholars to set future group goals. 

RBS Selection Weekend

Held annually in Washington, D.C. in March, the Ron Brown Scholar Selection Weekend features interviews of the scholarship finalists, the annual meeting of the RBS Alumni Association, luncheons and dinners to foster interaction between the finalists, current scholars, alumni, national leaders, and professionals. Sponsor the RBS Selection Weekend or a portion of it, including speakers; venues; dinners; and travel, lodging, and meal accommodations for the finalists. 

Cultivation Events

Sponsor local Ron Brown Scholar Program or Scholar Alumni events, which take place throughout the country during the year. Cultivation Events expand the network by holding a “Friendraiser” and introducing other potential supporters to the Program.  

RBSP Community Service Foundation

$500 - $5,000 funds to fun Scholar-designed and implemented service projects around the country and around the world.

Matching Gifts

Does your company match gifts? Would you like to double or triple your gift?  You can, if you or your spouse work for a matching gift company.

Corporate Partner

Join the growing list of leading companies and non-profit organizations who support the Ron Brown Scholar Program.  We work with each of our corporate partners to develop a customized support and sponsorship package.

Bequests

A bequest provides the opportunity for individuals to designate a specific sum or percentage of their estate to The Ron Brown Scholar Fund in your will.

Retirement Plans

Donating a portion of your retirement plan provides the opportunity for individuals to designate the Ron Brown Scholar Fund as the beneficiary of the remainder of their retirement account upon their death. This may lessen estate taxes.

Securities

An alternative to cash is a gift of appreciated securities which can offer income tax benefits, as well as savings on capital gains.

Gifts-in-Kind

Gifts in Kind overs a wide range of items, including art works, books and manuscripts, computer equipment and software, and furniture. They are declared "in kind" gifts and carry with them the declared value that the donor assesses at the time the gift is made.

Planned Gift

Contact us about including the Ron Brown Scholar Program in your estate plan or to find out about other creative planned giving options. 

Please contact Vanessa M. Evans, Associate Director (vevans@ronbrown.org) for information about any of the giving opportunities listed above.