Brown Fellows Program

Brown Fellows is a prestigious enrichment program designed to support students’ unique personal, academic, and career goals while producing outstanding ambassadors for the state of Kentucky. It is open to Kentucky residents and non-residents with a 29 ACT or 1330 SAT and 3.5 GPA. 

Ten Fellows are selected each year.  Recipients will have diverse academic interests; demonstrate that they are well-rounded; and show evidence of leadership potential. The scholarship award will include full tuition, room, board, and an allowance for books. In addition, each fellow may apply for funding from the Brown Foundation to support their individual enrichment plan (up to $6,000 per project).  

To Apply:

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship must submit an application admission to the University of Louisville by December 15. Supporting materials such as transcripts may be submitted until January 15.
Students who are eligible to apply for this scholarship will find their next steps in their UofL Application Gateway soon after they apply to UofL. As with any year, there are limited scholarship funds. The deadline to apply for this scholarship and submit materials is January 15.

A complete application includes:

  • One essay (700-800 words) responding to the following prompt:
    • One of the key components of the Brown Fellows Program is funding for individual enrichment experiences, which typically occur in the summers following the sophomore and junior years (enrichment experiences are in addition to participating in a group service project and leadership retreat before the freshman year and a group international trip following the freshman year). Fellows will work with program and faculty mentors to develop an enhanced academic experience consisting of individual study, research, community service, or some combination of activities. If you were selected as a Brown Fellow, what would you be interested in pursuing for your individual enrichment experiences? Where would you want to go? Why?
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé 

Finalists participate in interviews February 2021. Students who are ultimately selected as Brown Fellows must attend mandatory program activities June, 2021.


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