About The Brown Foundation

The Craig & Galen Brown Foundation (“Brown Foundation”) awards scholarships to high achieving academic students with demonstrated leadership attending Texas A&M University (“Texas A&M” or “A&M”) pursuing STEM and Business majors. (“Brown Scholars”). Founded in 1981 with its first Brown Scholar through the PES Program, the Brown Foundation was formalized in 1992. Through its passionate support of Brown Scholars, the Brown Foundation helps cultivate leaders of the highest integrity who will positively impact their communities and the world.

The Brown Foundation supports the Craig. C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineering Award, the Brown Engineering Honors Program, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Texas A&M University/Houston Methodist Hospital EnMed, KIPP Houston Public Schools, Bo’s Place, Brighter Bites, and other organizations and non-profits at Texas A&M University and in Houston.

There are 306 Brown Scholar graduates and 106 Brown Scholars attending A&M in the 2021-2022 academic year. The average Brown Scholar GPA is 3.9 and 109 Brown Scholars posted a 4.0 GPA for the 2020-2021 academic year. 83 students have a cumulative GPA of 4.0

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.”


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.”

Brown Foundation Gifts

Craig and Galen Brown Engineering Honors Program

The Craig and Galen Brown Foundation Engineering Honors Program (“Brown Engineering Honors Program”) has committed $20 million dollars to the College of Engineering at Texas A & M University to recruit, select and scholarship students pursuing engineering majors. Currently, there are 100 Brown Scholars are currently pursuing engineering degrees and 175 Brown Scholar engineering graduates.

Mays Business School, Texas A&M College of Science,
and Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts

The Brown Foundation has pledged $4 million to the Mays Business School, Texas A&M College of Science, and Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts to be used for Brown Foundation scholarships.

Virginia C. Brown Atrium

The Brown Foundation has pledged $1,000,000 to the College of Engineering at Texas A & M University for the Virginia C. Brown Atrium located in the Zachry Engineering Building in honor of Craig Brown’s mother.

Craig Brown at Virginia C. Brown Atrium

Other Gifts

Sue Smith and Craig Brown have donated to the Letterman’s Association at Texas A&M, the new Corps of Cadets Music Building, and the Memorial Student Center (MSC).

Sue Smith and Craig Brown have also made a large donation for one-half of a science wing at a KIPP Houston Public School high school.

Brown KIPP Scholars

The Brown Foundation has created a special class of scholars, Brown KIPP Scholars. Brown KIPP Scholars must be graduates of any KIPP Houston Public School, admitted to Texas A & M University and pursuing STEM majors.

The Brown Foundation will provide $100,000 for two annual $10,000 scholarships for five years to Brown KIPP Scholar recipients.

Special Events

Foundation Dinner

The Brown Foundation holds its Annual Foundation Dinner in the fall for all Brown Scholars and the parents of graduating seniors. Attendees include President Michael Young and his wife Marti, Chancellor John Sharp, Chair of the Board of Regents of the A&M System, other members of the Board of Regents, Deans of the various A&M Colleges, President of the Texas A&M Foundation, Tyson Voelkel and his wife Christi, administrative staff and friends of the Craig and Galen Brown Foundation. Each senior discusses his/her time at A&M and their future plans. Approximately 200 people attend the dinner.

Craig C. Brown

Graduating Senior BBQ

With the bluebonnets and wildflowers in bloom, Craig and his wife, Sue, host a graduating senior bar-b-que at the family ranch in Round Top, Texas on a Saturday each spring. In addition to graduating seniors, attendees may include past Brown Scholars and their families and Pam Matthews, the Aggie Mom to all Brown Scholars.  This event provides food, fellowship and a fun day in the country.

Red Carpet Tour of A&M

Incoming Brown Scholar freshmen are required to visit and tour the A&M campus as a condition of receiving their Brown Foundation scholarship in order to confirm that A&M is a good fit for each student.

The Brown Foundation coordinates each student’s tour with the Office of Admissions and ensures the student visits the college department of their intended major and speaks with the Dean of the college or appropriate staff, University Honors, Brown Scholars, and other areas of student interest.

College of Engineering & College of Business
Scholarship Recognition Dinners

The College of Engineering and the College of Business each hold annual dinners to recognize outstanding alumni in their College and present awards. At the College of Engineering dinner, recipients of the Craig Brown Outstanding Senior Engineering Awards are recognized. Brown Scholars majoring in engineering or business disciplines are recognized as a group at each event.

Brown Scholars Honoraries

General Joe Ramirez Sr

Joe Ramirez, Sr. graduated from high school in 1950 and enrolled in the Army three days later. He fought in the Korean War, was captured at a battle in Unsan, North Korea and was a POW for 33 months enduring horrific conditions. While a POW, his weight dropped from 150 to 85 pounds. He was freed in a prisoner exchange in 1953.  The Brown Foundation is honored to award the Joe E. Ramirez, Sr. Scholarship to a student in the Corps of Cadets who exemplifies General Ramirez’s commitment to God and country.

Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds was a member of the U.S. Marines having fought at two famous battles, Iwo Jima and the Frozen Chosin.   After his military service he became a distinguished trial attorney in Houston and was a name partner of his firm, Reynolds, Allen & Cook.  Joe was also a member of the Texas A & M University Board of Regents for 16 years.  The Brown Foundation is honored to award the Joe H. Reynolds Scholarship to an honor student at Texas A&M who has demonstrated high integrity and exemplary leadership.

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