Ron Brown Scholars are chosen based on a lifelong engagement in leadership and service. The Ron Brown Scholar Program was established fifteen years ago by the CAP Charitable Foundation to honor Ronald H. Brown's commitment to service and country. Today, we are a public (501(c)3) charity dependent upon fundraising dollars to support the services we provide to our family of passionate service-oriented Scholars. The Program annually awards ten to twenty $40,000 ($10,000/year for 4 years) college scholarships to extraordinary African-American high school seniors. Since 1996, the Program has awarded 281 scholarships to students for study at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. In fact, of the 281 Scholars, 130 are currently attending or have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities. Other institutions represented by Scholars include: MIT, Duke, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, University of Chicago, and University of California Berkeley. With leadership and service at the forefront of our mission, outreach to the larger community of underserved youth is an integral part of our growth and work. For every year's 10-20 Scholars selected, over 6000 applicants are turned away. It is only natural that the Program, through its Scholars, actively seeks ways in which to serve youth who, like our Scholars, often need only a small boost or that personal connection to become engaged and active in service pursuits and to move forward to academic success.