The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) was founded in 1996 as a living legacy to the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown through the generosity of the CAP Charitable Foundation. Since then, the now 501(c) 3 public charity has selected 281 young African American students of outstanding promise but limited financial means. The Program has offered and continues to offer well-deserved funds for college but the intent was always to be no typical Scholarship Program. It provides invaluable personal attention to accelerate student's progress. The initial concept was to create a program where bright, motivated, young African Americans could come together and help each other succeed, not just through college but for a lifetime. They were provided with a financial foundation to begin their journey and a network of dedicated Program staff and mentors to guide them along the way. As the years have passed and the total number of Ron Brown Scholars (past and present) has grown, the achievements of and hopes for the Program have far surpassed initial expectations. The RBSP has not only changed lives but has created an organization dedicated to the cultivation of individuals who will become America’s next generation of great leaders. Ron Brown Scholars comprise a powerful and growing body of compassionate intellectuals who will make a lasting contribution to our nation. Likewise, visions and hopes about the diversity of ways that the RBSP can provide opportunities in leadership and service for many other young people; thus allowing them to expand their horizons and learn the rewards of leadership and giving back to their communities has also increasingly motivated our efforts.
Leadership Enrichment & Academic Development Series (L.E.A.D.) is a web based leadership and service curriculum effort adopted by Albemarle and Charlottesville City Schools. This program teaches middle and high school students the value of leadership and of giving back. This was originally created by RBS; assistance provided by faculty personnel at UVA and a UVA Ph.D. in gifted instruction.
The CSF encourages RBS to collaborate on a myriad of projects and ideas. The creation, development and implementation of a service project not only builds the Scholar network, but provides important opportunities for RBS to develop their individual and group organization and leadership skills.
Essentially, our priority is to make sure students have access to the right people and resources to help them succeed in a chosen field. Given the RBS track record of placement with the top law firms, medical schools, companies and leveraged network and resources the short term benefits could be significant. We have received over 97,000 applications over the past 15 years and were able to assist only 281 Scholars. We intend to increase our reach through this project and encourage many through greater opportunity.
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