Since its inception, the Brown Foundation has contributed $20.5 million dollars in gifts and scholarships to Texas A&M University.
Galen T. Brown set out in 1985 to create a foundation to aid students seeking higher education in Texas. He had to look no further than his son Craig’s alma mater, Texas A&M University. Craig entered Texas A&M in 1971 and graduated in 1975 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He went on to earn an MBA in Accounting and Finance at Texas A&M in 1977. Galen Brown, already a sponsor of Texas A&M’s prestigious President ‘s Endowed Scholarship, established the Galen T. Brown Foundation in an effort to find students who, at thirty-five or forty years of age, will have a very positive impact on their communities and the people in their community.” Galen was born in Edmond, Oklahoma, in 1927. After graduating from Central State University in Oklahoma, he and his wife Mary (Dee Dee) moved to Tornillo, Texas, forty miles southeast of El Paso. After Galen’s successful career as the principal, athletics coach, and math teacher, he and Dee Dee moved to Houston. It was here that Galen Brown thrived, moving up from vice-president of an oilfield company to the president and owner of Keystone International, a Fortune 500 company. What makes Galen’s success even more impressive is that he was diagnosed with a heart defect as a child and was not expected to live as long as he did. Galen died in 1989 before his Foundation began to award scholarships; his vision is carried on by his son Craig. Craig C. Brown is Chairman and CEO of Bray International, Inc., a successful valve manufacturing company with divisions and sales around the world. Craig also serves as the President of the Brown Foundation, making it now the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation. Craig says that potential Brown Scholars must be “excellent scholars and leaders in their schools and communities – we do not want students who are just good at academics – we want students who are well-rounded, who are representative of what Texas A&M is all about.”
”…WE WANT STUDENTS WHO ARE WELL-ROUNDED, WHO ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT TEXAS A&M IS ALL ABOUT.”
Early in each new year, the Brown Foundation selects 50-100 students for personal interviews for Brown Foundation scholarships. Parents are invited to the interview. The Brown Foundation Scholarship is in addition to all other scholarships students receive including, but not limited to, Texas A & M President Endowed Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, Corps of Cadets Scholarship, etc. The Brown Foundation holds an annual dinner honoring all Brown Scholars. In addition to students and the parents of seniors, the dinner is attended by The Texas A & M Chancellor and his wife, members of the Board of Regents at Texas A & M University, the Texas A & M University President and his wife, Deans from the Mays Business School, College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, administrative faculty, and honored guests. The Craig and Galen Brown Foundation has been awarding scholarships since 1992. Craig calls administering the scholarship foundation “my most rewarding experience outside of enjoying my own family.” Craig is married to Sue Smith and has seven children -Zachry, Hannah, Aline, Andrea, Carter, Sarah, and Marie. Sue is also very active in running the Brown Foundation. In particular, she heads the EnMed program and all medically related activities. Craig’s final thoughts on the scholarship program reflect both his vision and that of his father: “I believe that higher education is the key to the future of Texas from both social and economic perspectives.”
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