Brown Fellows Program

A premier four-year merit scholarship established by the James Graham Brown Foundation

The Brown Fellows Program, a premier four-year merit scholarship, was established by the James Graham Brown Foundation in partnership with Centre College and the University of Louisville. Brown Fellows are challenged to think differently, act compassionately, dream bigger, and reach further. The Brown Fellows Program is among the best academic experiences in the country. Brown Fellows become part of a supportive network of scholars and mentors, and they have the freedom to construct their own individual course of development through independent study and experiential learning. 


Brown Fellows Scholarship at Centre College

Among the Best Academic Opportunities in the Country

John Kinkade – Brown Fellows Program Coordinator, shares his thoughts on the program and describes what type of experience scholarship winners can expect.

What Do Brown Fellows Receive? 

A “full ride plus,” where the “plus” catapults them into possibility. 

The full ride: tuition, room and board, books, and associated fees are all covered 

  • Limitless opportunity: conferences, summer enrichment projects, and networking events 
  • Guidance: on-campus mentors 
  • International experience: a group trip abroad 
  • Giving back: leadership training and community service 
  • Lifelong bonding: connecting Brown Fellows within campus cohorts and across campuses 
  • Ambassadorship: unique “Kentucky Connection” curriculum takes students across the state to discover the commonwealth 

What Are We Looking For in a Brown Fellow? 

 Scholarship. Leadership. Accountability. Drive.  

Competitive candidates will demonstrate: 
  • Intellectual curiosity and ambition 
  • Concern for their community and the world 
  • The social and leadership skills to accomplish their goals 
  • Academic success at the highest level.  
Finalists at Centre typically have the following academic credentials: 
  • Taking a strong college preparatory curriculum 
  • Average unweighted academic GPA of 3.95 
  • Graduating at or very near the top of their high school class 
  • Test scores are not required to be considered for the Brown Fellows Program 

How to Apply 

Here are the steps for Brown Fellowship application. Keep in mind, students may apply for more than one premier scholarship program but will only be selected as a finalist for one program. In the case that a student is a strong candidate for more than one premier scholarship program, our selection committee will place them in the finalist pool in which they will be the most competitive. 

  1. Apply for admission by December 1. We use the Common Application exclusively, and there is no fee to apply. Applicants may select any application plan (an early plan isn’t required) but all application materials must be submitted by December 1 to be eligible. 

Common Application

  1. The deadline to submit a separate Premier Scholarship Application for the Brown Fellows Program is December 1. The deadline for this scholarship has passed for students entering in fall of 2023. The application will reopen for the following academic year in summer 2023.

  2. Applicants will be notified of their status in early February. Approximately 30 finalists will be invited to participate in a special selection process taking place virtually, with optional on-campus visit days in late February/early March. 10 recipients will be named by mid-March. 


Although a scholarship nomination is not required in order to apply for premier scholarships, the admission office welcomes nominations to help us identify and learn more about potential scholarship candidates. A nomination can be completed by a school counselor, core-course teacher, community-based organization liaison, employer, or independent college counselor. The deadline for nominations is January 15. 

Scholarship Nomination Form

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