Dear Brown Scholars,
The senseless death of George Floyd and the events which have occurred in our communities and country since then have caused me to pause and reflect, “Should I make a statement to our Brown Scholars?” My answer is yes!
America was founded and Americans have sacrificed over many years for our Constitutional unalienable rights for every American. As individuals, as families, and as the Brown Scholar family, we must make a statement that everyone is valued, everyone deserves to be respected and loved, and everyone needs our support - regardless of race, sex, or age. We all can make a positive difference in the lives of others - and we need to do so.
This tragedy of discrimination and violence cannot be accepted as an occurrence or just a moment of sadness for the victim or his family. It should be one of those wake up calls that says “enough, this is not who we want America to be.” This is not the culture we want our children and grandchildren to grow up and experience. When someone asks if we are an American, we want to be able to say with pride, “Yes, I am.“ Being an individual that genuinely cares for others means you stand up when it counts - and it always counts. Kindness, support, and respect do not take days off and they don’t choose who does or doesn’t receive their benefit.
Giving to others is the greatest gift that you can ever give yourself. It is time, our time, to reflect how each of us can make a difference to change the wrongs of our society, specifically, the discrimination of African Americans and any discrimination whatsoever. Individually and together, we can make a positive difference happen every day.
Through his warmth in the interview process and the generosity of the Brown Foundation, Mr. Brown introduced me to a new world of honor, service and opportunity… I can say with confidence that no other school or scholarship would have afforded me so many life-changing experiences and lasting friendships. Mr. Brown’s unending generosity and tireless service- to Texas A&M, to his scholars and to the central principle building a better world- has inspired me and countless other students. Every day, in thinking of the kind of man I want to be, I think of Mr. Brown.
- Andy Sanchez – Class of ’13 -
When I listened to Mr. Brown explain how much A&M meant to him, I knew that was the place for me… I feel grateful to have been in the first class of Brown Scholars and humbled by all the exceptional students I have seen continue in the program. Mr. Brown taught me to find what inspires me and to give it my all.
- Janet Pate, M.D. – Class of ’96 -
Being a Brown scholar is so much more than a scholarship. It’s a constant reminder to me that someone is personally invested in my future and feels strongly about my success. It’s a little daunting, but inspiring, and it pushes me to achieve my full potential and maximize my impact at Texas A&M. I wouldn’t be here without the Brown Foundation, but I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
- Michael Sporkin -
The Brown Foundation has changed my life. To be a Brown Scholar is to uphold the core values of integrity, selfless service, and leadership that Mr. Brown exemplifies. Mr. Brown’s generosity has allowed me to receive an incredible education at the best university in the world, meet some of my closest friends, and continually witness what it means to be part of something greater than myself.
- Michelle Myers -
The Brown Foundation Scholarship was one of main deciding factors for me to come to Texas A&M. Becoming an Aggie has been one of the best decisions I’ve made, as the experiences I’ve had at A&M have never made me look back. I’m beyond grateful for this support that urged me to leave small town Nebraska to start writing my Aggie story.
- Marta Pulfer -
The Brown Foundation Scholarship has greatly helped reduce financial concern associated with going to college, especially a school that has so many great connections as Texas A&M University! My parents both attended this school and it has been cool to walk in their footsteps and to make memories of my own. I am incredibly grateful for all that the Foundation has allowed me to do!
- Ethan McPeek -
Going to Texas A&M has been the best decision of my life. However, if I hadn’t been offered the Brown Foundation Scholarship, I may not have ended up an Aggie. This scholarship has been about more than financial aid. I have made connections with intelligent, like-minded individuals, as well as received mentoring from Mr. Brown, himself. I greatly appreciate The Craig and Galen Brown Foundation’s contributions to my education, as it has given me the network and freedom to succeed.
- Brady Allen -
Joshua graduated in 2017 as a homeschooled student from Burleson, Texas. Joshua is a middle blocker for the TAMU Men's Club Volleyball team. He also is a member of the University Honors program and the University Scholars Program. Joshua will graduate in 2021 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, after which he plans to attend medical school.
Mark graduated in 2017 from Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas. He has served the Bryan/College Station community as a member of the Angel Tree subcommittee of MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow and will continue to give back as the subcommittee's Executive Director for the 2018-2019 school year. He also served as a Staff Assistant for The Big Event, is a Fish Camp counselor for the class of 2022, and is a member of MSC Hospitality. Mark will graduate in 2021 with a degree in Business Honors and a minor in Spanish.