Brockman Scholars FAQs

The Brockman Scholarship

What is the Brockman Scholarship?

The Brockman Scholarship is a merit-based, full-ride academic scholarship that covers five years of study exclusively at the College Station campus of Texas A&M University.

The scholarship supports four years of undergraduate study in designated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as a one-year Master of Science in Business graduate program for non-business majors at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School. Students who are offered a scholarship commit to enrolling in, and successfully completing, both degree programs.

A total of 50 scholarships are awarded every year.

Who may apply for a Brockman Scholarship?

To be considered, an applicant must:

  • Be an American citizen resident anywhere in the world. International (non-U.S. citizen) students may apply if they can obtain a visa to study in the U.S.
  • Score at least 1400 on the SAT or the equivalent minimum composite ACT score of 32. *The BSP has moved to a test-optional application policy for the 2021 intake due to Covid-19. Please see the main Brockman Scholars Program webpage here for more information.
  • Have applied to an approved program of study at Texas A&M University and be able to provide a Universal Identification Number (UIN) on the application form.
  • Not have previously been a full-time university/college student.
  • Be under 21 at the date of application for the scholarship.
  • Not be related to a sitting member of the Texas A&M University Board of Regents. Click here to see the current make-up of the Board of Regents.
  • Demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership and constructive social engagement.

What does the Brockman Scholarship cover?

The Brockman Scholarship covers tuition fees in full for both in-state and out-of-state students. It also provides for room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and one credit-bearing, university-organized overseas study opportunity.

The stipend provided to each Scholar is based on the average cost of attendance at Texas A&M. For more information, click here.

Scholars who are in the Corps of Cadets will receive additional assistance, with funding for summer courses, uniforms and overseas excursions assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Which undergraduate degree programs are considered STEM-based degrees?

The application form contains a list of some of the STEM-based degree programs offered on the College Station campus of Texas A&M. This list is not comprehensive, and applicants may propose an alternative four-year STEM major on application.

The final decision on what constitutes a STEM major for the purposes of the scholarship rests with the Brockman Scholars Program. For the current approved listing of STEM majors, click here.

What is the MS Business Program?

The innovative Master of Science in Business graduate degree program for non-business majors provides students with a solid foundation in functional areas of business such as accounting, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and supply chain management. It also provides training in business communications, professional presence, career management, leadership, ethical decision making, and value creation.

The MS Business Program is completed in 11 months of intense coursework and study.  For more information, click here.

It is a condition of being awarded a Brockman Scholarship that the recipient will enroll in and successfully complete both the four-year undergraduate STEM degree and the MS Business Program. The MS Business Program should be completed no later than the fifth year of study at A&M. The Brockman Scholars Program will accommodate students who wish to complete their undergraduate degree in less than four years. Scholars who accelerate their undergraduate studies to complete a master’s degree or other degree before undertaking the MS Business degree in their fifth year of study will do so at their own expense.

Applying for a Brockman Scholarship

How should students apply for a Brockman Scholarship?

All applications for a Brockman Scholarship must be made online via the application portal on this website. Applications submitted in any other way will not be acknowledged or considered.

The application portal for the Brockman Scholarship opens in September of any given year to accept applications for studies beginning in the following academic year

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications is at 5pm (US Central Time) on December 1.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to give the Brockman Scholars Program ample time to consider an application.

Once a completed application is submitted, a candidate may be invited for an interview. Please note that not all candidates will be invited to be interviewed. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all interviews will be conducted via teleconference.

Scholarship offers may be made on an early acceptance, rolling admissions basis following an applicant’s interview. The earlier the completed application is received, the sooner a candidate may be considered for an interview. Therefore, early applications are strongly encouraged. A candidate may receive an invitation to interview at any time after the completed application has been processed. All interviews will have been conducted by the end of February 2021.

Applicants who are offered scholarships will receive an email ‘Notification of Award’ at any time after their interviews. Accepted candidates will have a maximum of seven calendar days in which to accept or decline their offers. Candidates who decline their offers of acceptance will be returned to the pool of interviewed applicants still under consideration.

Offers will be extended until all scholarship places are filled.

No application will be accepted after the deadline, regardless of reason.

Must applicants have accepted an offer of admission to Texas A&M?

Applicants are not required to have accepted an offer of admission prior to submitting their scholarship application. However, to be considered for this scholarship, students must have applied to or been accepted to an approved program of study at Texas A&M by the scholarship application deadline. The Texas A&M application process is separate to the scholarship application process and it is entirely the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must ultimately accept the offer of admission and enroll as an incoming freshman at Texas A&M to take up a Brockman Scholarship.

Must all supporting documents be submitted by the application deadline?

Applicants are required to submit the following documentation as part of their application:

  • Photo Identification
  • Recent professional/passport-style photograph
  • One academic reference letter
  • One non-academic reference letter
  • High school transcript
  • PSAT/NMSQT score report, if applicable
  • Official SAT/ACT score reports, if applicable
  • AP score report, if applicable
  • IB score report, if applicable

All supporting documentation including SAT and ACT score reports, high school transcripts, and an applicant’s photo and identification must be submitted as PDF attachments with the online application form by the December 1 deadline. The only exception is where applicants plan to sit the SAT or ACT after the deadline date. Score reports for early December test sittings will be accepted up until December 23, 2020. Candidates may email these to info@brockmanfoundation.org.

All references must be received by the December 1 deadline for an application to be considered complete.

The application form is programmed to only accept documents uploaded in PDF format. No other document formats can be processed. Files should not exceed 3MB in size. Before submitting their application, candidates should check to ensure all files are properly attached.

Applicants must also ensure that they complete all required fields on the application form. These are marked with a red asterisk. The form cannot be submitted until all required fields are complete.

“Save & Finish Later” is not the same as submitting an application. The application is not submitted until the applicant hits the SUBMIT button after REVIEWING the completed application.

How should applicants submit SAT or ACT score reports?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brockman Scholars Program has this year moved to a test-optional application policy.

All applications will be reviewed holistically, and candidates will not be required to submit SAT and/or ACT scores where they have been unable to sit for these exams.

Candidates who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT will be asked to provide their scores. Where candidates have SAT and/or ACT scores to report, they should do so, along with the dates on which they sat the given tests Students will also be requested to share information on test cancellations experienced to date. If candidates have plans to sit the SAT/ACT after the application deadline, they should indicate dates. Score reports for early December test sittings will be accepted up until December 23, 2020.

Candidates should log in to their SAT or ACT account on the testing organization’s website, download their official score report as a PDF document and upload that PDF document to the online application form. Screenshots are NOT accepted.

Only scores from a single sitting of the SAT or ACT are accepted. Super scores, wherein an applicant combines scores from two separate sittings of the test, are not permitted.

How should candidates submit Advanced Placement (AP) scores?

Candidates should enter their AP scores on the application form. However, for the scores to be considered as part of the application, candidates must also attach their AP score report as a PDF file to the online application. Candidates can download their AP scores from the testing organization’s website.

How should reference letters be submitted?

All applications must be supported by one academic and one non-academic reference letter. All references must be typewritten on letterhead and should contain the full contact details of each referee.

If one or both referees would prefer to email the reference directly to the Brockman Scholars Program, this must be indicated in the appropriate place on the application form. In these cases, the following guidelines apply:

  • Referees may send the reference letter directly to info@brockmanfoundation.org
  • The email must clearly state the applicant’s full name and high school
  • The reference letter must be in PDF format, word files are not accepted
  • The reference letter must be sent as an email attachment and not by file sharing services (e.g. Google Drive)
  • The Brockman Scholars Program is not able to accept hard copy references by post
  • All references must be received by the scholarship application deadline
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that both references are submitted

Who may write a non-academic reference letter?

The non-academic reference letter should be written by someone who is not the applicant’s teacher or guidance counselor.

Examples of non-academic references include letters prepared by a: ROTC instructor, Model UN leader, club advisor, coach, percussion director, neighbor, family friend who is a teacher but has never taught the applicant, a person for whom the applicant performed volunteer work, the sponsor of an organization in which the applicant held a leadership position, and an elementary school principal that the applicant met while doing volunteer work.

Non-academic reference letters should speak to the applicant’s personal qualities, work experience, skills or other relevant expertise.

What are the requirements for the professional/passport-style photo?

Applicants must upload a recent professional/passport-style photo to the application form. The photo must show the applicant’s full face looking directly at the camera and should be taken against a light background (white or grey) with adequate lighting.

The photo must be attached to the application as a PDF file. Uploaded photos should be less than 3MB in size to ensure the total attachment size does not exceed the maximum.

Selection Criteria and Process

What criteria are used to select scholarship recipients?

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate academic achievement, constructive community engagement and the qualities of a good citizen. To be chosen as a Brockman Scholar, the applicant must show merit in all three areas.

The Brockman Scholars Program supports the development of well-rounded individuals who will form a community of Brockman Scholars on the College Station campus of Texas A&M and who, upon graduation, will become leaders in their respective fields and make positive contributions to the wider community.

Past selection cycles have held the minimum eligibility requirement at 1400 for the SAT, and 32 for the ACT. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept applications without standardized test scores. However, we will continue to hold these scores as ‘benchmarks’. This is an academically rigorous program. Students interested in applying to the BSP should understand that the performance standards are exacting and the degree plans demanding.

What is the selection process for the Brockman Scholarship?

The Brockman Scholars Program will use a two-step selection process:

  1. Application form review
  2. Interview with members of the selection committee in Houston, Texas.

Once a completed application is submitted, a candidate may be invited for an interview. Please note that not all candidates will be invited to interview. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all interviews will be conducted via teleconference.

When will scholarship offers be made to successful candidates?

Applicants who are offered scholarships will receive an email ‘Notification of Award’ at any time after their interviews. Accepted candidates will have a maximum of seven calendar days in which to accept or decline their offers. Candidates who decline their offers of acceptance may be placed on a waiting list, with no guarantee of a second and final offer.

Offers will be extended until all scholarship places are filled. All offers will be made by May 1, 2021.

Scholarship Conditions

What academic and non-academic standards must Scholars satisfy to maintain the scholarship year-on-year?

Scholars must meet eligibility requirements each year to continue receiving the scholarship. This includes maintaining a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5 every semester.

Scholars must remain enrolled full-time in a STEM-based major during their undergraduate studies and complete at least 30 semester credit hours per year at Texas A&M (dual credit, transfer credit, and/or credit by AP exam will count towards this requirement).

Scholars are required to attend social events, seminars, workshops and meetings organized for the benefit of Brockman Scholars.

Scholars are also expected to become enthusiastic and fully involved members of the campus community. This includes entering actively into the extracurricular life of the University.

Participation in an honors program is not required. However, most Brockman Scholars participate in the University Honors Program or an academic, college-based program – for example, the Engineering Honors Program.

Further details are included in the Statement of Conditions and Expectations provided to scholarship recipients. Prospective Scholars must agree to the terms therein before their appointment as a Brockman Scholar is confirmed.

What happens if a Scholar falls below the 3.5 GPA requirement?

Falling below the 3.5 GPA requirement will subject a Scholar’s status to review and may jeopardize the continuation of a student’s scholarship.

Will Scholars be considered for other scholarships in addition to the Brockman Scholarship?

Brockman Scholars who submitted their admissions and scholarship applications to Texas A&M by the December 1 deadline will have been considered for other Texas A&M University scholarship programs. However, if applicants accept the invitation to become a Brockman Scholar, all other University scholarships that may have been offered prior to their acceptance of a Brockman Scholarship will be cancelled by the Scholarships & Financial Aid office of Texas A&M as the Brockman Scholars Program will cover but not exceed the full cost of attendance  at Texas A&M.

Students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, ROTC funding, National Merit Scholarships (in conjunction with National Merit Finalist Distinction), and/or veterans/dependent educational benefits may still receive these funds. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If approved, the difference will be subtracted from the Brockman Scholars Program support so that Scholars will still have their full cost of attendance met.

The following National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards may only be accepted in conjunction with the Brockman Scholarship if the award is granted with National Merit Finalist Distinction:

  1. National Merit $2500 Scholarships
  2. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
  3. Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
  4. Special Scholarships

Scholars should inform the Brockman Scholars Program prior to accepting any such award.

Applicants selected for other scholarship programs through their high school, school district, community organization, employers, civic groups and so on, must decline these scholarships or forfeit them if already accepted. Alternatively, and if permitted by the organization granting the award, Scholars may defer acceptance until they have graduated from the MS Business Program.

How will the Brockman Scholarship funds apply to a scholar’s student account?

The Brockman Scholarship will pay to the student bill 10 days prior to the first day of class for the semester. Once all University charges (tuition, required fees, optional fees) are paid by the student account, the remaining funds will be refunded to the recipient as a direct deposit. Scholars will receive one direct deposit per semester and may use these funds for the remainder of their expenses such as books, items for the Corps of Cadets, transportation and other personal expenses.

Will the Brockman Scholars Program cover the cost of the New Student Conference and Fish Camp?

The cost of the New Student Conference and any associated travel is the responsibility of the Scholar.

The cost of Fish Camp, however, is included in the scholarship. Scholars will receive instructions on how to register for Fish Camp so that the cost is covered by the Brockman Scholars Program.

Will any part of the Brockman Scholarship package be taxable?

Taxes are the responsibility of the student. Texas A&M University will provide each student with a 1098-T Tuition Statement each year that will list the financial support received as well as the required tuition and fees paid for that tax year through the student’s Howdy Portal. The student will receive an email when this is ready to download.

The Scholarships & Financial Aid office recommends that students and/or parents seek advice from a tax professional when receiving high dollar scholarships since each family’s case is unique.

For more information, visit www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.

Housing and Meal Plans

Are Brockman Scholars required to live on-campus for the duration of their studies?

Scholars are only required to live on campus during their Freshman year. This requirement may be waived in the case of extenuating circumstances. Off-campus housing is permissible for subsequent years.

The stipend for housing and meals is the same for Scholars who live on and off-campus. Scholars who move off-campus after their Freshman year will see their housing and meal allowance included in their semesterly direct deposit. Scholars who live off-campus are responsible for securing their own accommodation, paying rent and any other associated bills and expenses.

What meal plan should Scholars choose?

This is the student’s choice. However, the cost of attendance uses an average and choosing a more expensive meal plan may leave less funding for other education-related expenses throughout the semester.

Is the cost of on-campus parking covered by the Brockman Scholars Program?

Campus parking is factored into the cost of attendance and is, as such, provided for in the semesterly stipend.

Degree-related

Can Scholars change majors or minor in a non-STEM field?

A major change within STEM may be permitted if it does not hinder a scholar’s ability to graduate on time and is approved by the Brockman Scholars Program. Scholars may minor in a non-STEM field so long as this does not interfere with their ability to complete their undergraduate degree within four years.

Will the Brockman Scholars Program cover additional costs associated with a double major?

Scholars may double major in STEM subjects provided both majors are in approved STEM fields and Scholars are still able to graduate on time. Consideration to covering any additional costs associated with a double major will be given on a case-by-case basis.

Can Scholars take less than 15 credit hours per semester if they can still graduate in four years?

A Scholar may take less than 15 credit hours per semester so long as the Scholar is able to meet the scholarship conditions outlined in the Statement of Conditions and Expectations, which include but are not limited to being enrolled full-time and completing at least 30 credit hours per year (dual credit, transfer credit, and/or credit by AP exam will count towards this requirement), as well as any course requirements. To be considered a full-time student at Texas A&M University, Scholars must complete at least 12 credit hours per semester.

Will the Brockman Scholars Program provide funding for summer classes if Scholars wish to distribute the annual 30-credit hour requirement?

Funding for summer courses is not included in the scholarship. However, Scholars who are in the Corps of Cadets may apply for additional funding to take summer courses, including online courses, at Texas A&M, or an alternative college so long as the credit is transferable and related to the Scholar’s intended major.

Where Scholars are required to attend summer classes to stay on track to graduate within four years, and this has been approved by an academic advisor, the Brockman Scholars Program will consider paying for summer classes at Texas A&M. Funding will include fees and tuition, books and supplies only. In certain circumstances, the Brockman Scholars Program may also help cover the cost of housing and meal plans. All requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Where Scholars are approved to take summer classes at other colleges, e.g. at a local community college, Scholars will only be reimbursed for the course fees and tuition, books and supplies.

Will the Brockman Scholars Program cover the cost of a new laptop for Brockman Scholars?

Laptop purchases will be subsidized by the Brockman Scholars Program, with the amount capped by degree plan. Incoming Freshman students should wait until the beginning of August to purchase a new laptop and request a change to their cost of attendance.

Corps of Cadets

Will the Brockman Scholars Program cover the cost of uniforms?

Corps members who pass a fitness test, are in good academic standing and have not been placed on conduct probation will be reimbursed their uniform rental fee by the Corps of Cadets in the Spring semester of their Freshman year. Contracting Scholars will continue to be reimbursed if these requirements are met. However, Corps members who opt out of ROTC courses in their Sophomore year will no longer be reimbursed by the Corps. In this case, non-contracting Scholars may apply to the Brockman Scholars Program for additional funding to cover uniform expenses from their Sophomore year onwards. Scholars who would like to apply for this funding should contact the on-campus coordinator.

All Brockman Scholars in the Corps may apply for additional funds to cover the cost of the boots required during their Senior year. Scholars who wish to take leadership positions in the Corps may also apply for additional funding for a sabre. However, Scholars should use their semesterly stipend to cover any other expenses associated with the Corps.

Can Brockman Scholars study abroad through the Corp of Cadets?

The Corps conducts three international excursions per year to regions of strategic, political, economic and cultural importance to the United States. Corps members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities offered by the Corps of Cadets and the Brockman Scholars Program will fund any administration fees not covered by the Corps. Scholars may take advantage of these opportunities in addition to the credit-bearing and university-organized education abroad opportunity that is afforded to all Brockman Scholars.

What happens if a Scholar wishes to leave the Corps of Cadets?

The Brockman Scholars Program highly regards the Corps of Cadets. The Brockman Scholars Program also understands that life in the Corps, although extremely rewarding, can be challenging, particularly at the outset. Scholars who find themselves struggling should contact the on-campus coordinator in addition to seeking advice and assistance within the Corps and from their fellow Brockman Scholars in the Corps. If a Scholar does decide to leave the Corps, the Scholar will be required to do so through the appropriate channels. The Scholar may also be liable to cover the cost of alternative accommodation as the Program will only provide one stipend for accommodation per semester.

Will the Brockman Scholars Program pay for summer courses at Texas A&M or other colleges for students who are in the Corps?

Scholars who are in the Corps of Cadets may apply for additional funding to cover the cost of summer classes, including online classes, at Texas A&M or other colleges if the classes are required to keep Scholars on track to graduate on time. If classes are taken at another college, the credit must be transferable and relevant to the Scholar’s intended major.

Education Abroad

Are Brockman Scholars required to study abroad?

The Brockman Scholars Program provides funding for one university-organized education abroad experience that allows Scholars to earn academic credit towards their intended major. The study abroad opportunity may be a faculty-led program or an exchange program. Programs run by a third party (not Texas A&M) are not funded at this time. Scholars are not required to study abroad but are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Brockman Scholars Program will host an education abroad workshop for Freshman students to provide additional information.

Do Scholars also study abroad during the MS Business Program?

Students typically take a seven or eight-day trip as part of their International Business Environment Course (BUAD 715) during Spring Break. These trips provide students with a high-impact international experience designed to prepare them for an increasingly global business environment. In the past, trips have been taken to Mexico, Spain and Italy.

Internships

What type of internship are Scholars expected to take?

As undergraduate students, Brockman Scholars are required to complete an internship that furthers their progress towards their professional goal. The internship, which must not impede a Scholar’s ability to graduate on time, must be approved by the Brockman Scholars Program to count towards this requirement.

Scholars should plan to secure paid industry internships as the Brockman Scholars Program does not provide funding for internships. Nor will it pay for Scholars to participate in fee-charging internships through the Education Abroad Office or other programs.

Are Brockman Scholars able to take a Co-Op?

Co-Ops are permitted if Scholars have accumulated enough credit that the Co-Op would not hinder their ability to graduate on time. Scholars should discuss this with their academic advisor before approaching the on-campus coordinator.

The policies outlined above are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Brockman Scholars Program. All Scholars should refer to their Statement of Conditions and Expectations, as well as their FAQs Document, for more detailed information.

If you have questions about the Brockman Scholars Program that are not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, please contact us via the form on our Contact Page.