The Brockman Scholarship
What is the Brockman Scholarship?
The Brockman Scholarship is a merit-based full scholarship that covers five years of study at Texas A&M University.
The scholarship supports a four-year undergraduate degree in designated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) as well as a one-year Master of Science in Business at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.
Who may apply for a Brockman Scholarship?
American citizens resident anywhere in the world may apply for the scholarship.
An international (non-U.S. citizen) student may apply for the scholarship as long as they submit sufficient evidence that they have a visa allowing them to study in the United States.
All applicants, including international students, must have a minimum composite SAT score of 1400 or the equivalent minimum composite ACT score of 32.
Applicants for a Brockman Scholarship must also have applied to an approved program of study at Texas A&M University. That is a separate application process from the Brockman Scholarship application process and is entirely the responsibility of the applicant.
Applicants must be under 21 years of age at the date of application for the scholarship and must not have previously been a full-time university/college student.
Anyone who is related to a sitting member of the Texas A&M University Board of Regents will not be considered for a Brockman Scholarship. Click here to see the current make-up of the Board of Regents.
Which undergraduate degree programs are considered STEM-based degrees?
The application form contains a list of some of the STEM-related degree programs offered on the College Station campus of Texas A&M. This list is not comprehensive and applicants can enter an alternative preferred/intended STEM major on the application form. However, it is imperative that Brockman Scholars are able to complete their undergraduate studies within four years.
Applicants should bear in mind that the Brockman Scholars Program is new and the final decision on what constitutes a STEM major rests with the Brockman Foundation panel.
Applicants who are shortlisted based on outstanding credentials relative to all other applicants who are pursuing science, technology, mathematics, or engineering degrees as listed on our application portal, would see their degree choice go to the panel for consideration.
The Brockman Foundation has the sole discretion to decide what constitutes a STEM-based undergraduate degree for the purposes of the scholarship. All decisions of the Brockman Foundation in this regard are final.
What is the MS Business graduate degree?
The innovative Master of Science in Business provides students with a solid foundation in the various functional areas of business such as accounting, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and supply chain management. In addition, the program has courses 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. Students typically enter the June-to-May program in the same year that they complete undergraduate studies. Coupled with co-curricular experiences throughout the program, students are equipped to enter the workforce with a unique and powerful skill set.
Do I have to complete both the undergraduate and masters programs if I am chosen to be a Brockman Scholar?
Yes, it is imperative that applicants understand that they are applying for a scholarship that requires studying both an accepted STEM-based undergraduate degree and the Master of Science in Business. It is a condition of being awarded a scholarship that the recipient will enroll in and successfully complete both the four-year undergraduate STEM degree and the MS Business graduate degree program.
What does the scholarship cover?
The Brockman Scholarship covers tuition fees in full, (regardless of whether a scholarship recipient normally resides in-state (Texas) or out-of-state), room and board, transportation, books and supplies, an overseas study opportunity and internship opportunities.
The stipend provided to each Scholar reflects the student costs as determined by Texas A&M for students enrolled full-time in the University for the whole academic year.
The Brockman Foundation will also provide scholarship recipients with academic and personal support to help them achieve their full potential and successfully complete their studies.
The Brockman Foundation encourages applications by out-of-state students.
How many scholarships do you award annually?
We awarded 51 scholarships for studies beginning in the 2018-19 academic year and expect to do the same for studies beginning in 2019-20.
Can I attend a university other than Texas A&M as a Brockman Scholar?
No. The Brockman Scholars program is currently exclusive to the College Station campus of Texas A&M University.
Brockman Scholars must adhere to the Statement of Terms and Conditions, complete the academic component in the expected time, and be fully engaged Brockman Scholars and students at Texas A&M University. Post-graduation, Brockman Scholars are expected to maintain a strong relationship through a Brockman Scholars alumni association.
Applying for a Brockman Scholarship
How do I 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.
Prior to submitting your application, please ensure that you have attached all the correct documentation and that the application is complete. Submitted applications are final and you will not able to make any changes after the application has been submitted. Due to the volume of applications, the Brockman Foundation is unable to check individual submitted applications and confirm that they are complete or that the supporting documents are valid. This is the responsibility of the applicant.
Applicants for a Brockman Scholarship must also have applied to an approved program of study at Texas A&M University. That is a separate application process from the Brockman Scholarship application process and is entirely the responsibility of the applicant.
Once we receive confirmation from the admissions office at Texas A&M that you have applied to study a designated STEM-based degree, we will consider your application for a Brockman Scholarship.
If we have not received confirmation from the admissions office at Texas A&M that you have applied to an approved program of study, your application will be rejected.
Finally, you must also ultimately accept the offer of admission and enroll as an incoming freshman at Texas A&M in order to take up a Brockman Scholarship.
When is the deadline for applications?
The application portal for the Brockman Scholarship will open in August of any given year to accept scholarship applications for studies beginning in the following academic year.
The application deadline is at 5 pm (U.S. Central Time) on October 28th.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the portal opens in order to give the team at the Brockman Scholarship Foundation ample time to consider an application.
Must all supporting documents be submitted by the October 28 deadline?
SAT and ACT Score Reports, unofficial high school transcripts, and an applicant’s photo MUST be submitted as PDF attachments to the online application form by the October 28 deadline.
We prefer that all other required supporting documentation also be submitted by the October 28 deadline.
However, we will accept official high school transcripts and recommendation letters until October 31. No documents will be accepted after that date.
How do I submit SAT or ACT Score Reports?
You must log in to your SAT or ACT account on the testing organization’s website and download your official Score Report as a PDF document. You must upload that PDF document to the online application for the Brockman Scholarship.
We do NOT accept screenshots of your SAT or ACT Score Report taken from the testing organization’s website.
We will only accept a Score Report from a particular sitting of the SAT or ACT. We will not accept ‘Super Scores’ wherein an applicant combines scores from two separate sittings of the test. The scholarship application form requires you to indicate the date on which you sat the test.
How do I submit official high school transcripts?
Applicants must ask their high school administration to mail an official transcript to: Brockman Foundation, Care of the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840.
An applicant’s official transcript must be received at the above address by October 31.
This is the case even where an applicant has applied for admission to Texas A&M, and an official transcript has already been submitted as part of that application.
How do I submit reference letters?
All applications for a Brockman Scholarship must be supported by two reference letters, at least one of which is not provided by a guidance counsellor or teacher.
References must be typewritten and on letterhead. The reference should contain the full contact details of your referee. The reference must be in PDF file format.
If one or both of your referees would prefer to deliver the reference directly to the Brockman Foundation, you must indicate that in the appropriate place on the application.
Your referee will be able to submit the reference by email only to email@example.com. The email must clearly state your full name and high school. We are not able to accept mailed references.
It is your responsibility to ensure that both references are submitted. We will not attempt to contact your referees if a reference has not been received. If the reference has not been received by October 31, your application will be rejected.
We receive a large number of applications. References that are not included at the time of submitting your application increase the risk that your application will not be complete. We will not be responsible for any failure to add a reference to your application, no matter how that failure arises. If possible, you are urged to make your application complete when you submit it.
Who may submit a non-academic reference letter?
We require two reference letters, including at least one non-academic reference (e.g. not written by a guidance counselor or teacher). Examples of non-academic references have included letters prepared by: 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 and academic performance, as well as work experience, skills or expertise.
If the referee does not have a letterhead, please include a line by way of explanation either in the reference or in the email, if the referee is sending the reference to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online application form requires certain attachments to be uploaded as part of the application. What attachment formats may be uploaded?
In order to standardize the application process for all applicants, the online scholarship application form is programmed so that it only accepts documents uploaded in PDF format. This includes the photo of the applicant.
No other document formats can be processed.
Must the photo that I upload to the online application be of a particular type?
You must upload to the online application a professional quality, passport-style photo. The photo must show your full face looking directly at the camera.
The photo must be converted to PDF format. For such conversions, we recommend the use of programs such as Google Docs, Word, or Office Lens. If you use a phone camera to take the photo, your camera should convert and format the photo for you. Uploaded photos should be less than 1MB in size.
The photo must have been taken within the last thirty days.
Do I have to have accepted my offer of admission to Texas A&M in order for you to consider my application for a Brockman Scholarship?
No, but it is a condition of acceptance of a Brockman Scholarship that a candidate commits to the five-year combination of the four years of undergraduate STEM-based degree and the one-year Master of Science in Business program at Texas A&M University.
Am I required to apply for an honors program at Texas A&M in order to be considered for a Brockman Scholarship?
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.
What else should I know about the application process?
Applications will not be considered unless they are complete. This means all required supporting documentation must be included.
You must ensure that you complete all required fields on the application, which are marked with a red asterisk. The form cannot be submitted until all required fields are complete.
In-progress and incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note that clicking on the ‘Save and Finish Later’ button during the online application process does not constitute submitting an application.
Your application is not submitted until you hit the SUBMIT button after REVIEWING your completed application.
Selection Criteria and Process
What criteria is used to select scholarship recipients?
We award scholarships 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.
In relation to academics, we invite applications from candidates with a minimum composite SAT score of 1400 or the equivalent minimum composite ACT score of 32.
Our goal is to support 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.
What is the selection process for the Brockman Scholarship?
The selection process for the Brockman Scholarship has three stages.
The first scholarship selection stage is based on the information provided on a candidate’s application form, and in their supporting documentation. All complete applications (which must include all required supporting documentation to be considered complete) received by the application and documentation deadlines will be reviewed.
Candidates who are chosen to participate in the second scholarship selection stage will be invited to one of our regional interview sites for an in-person interview. Those interviews will take place during November – December 2018.
The third and final scholarship selection stage sees Finalists for a Brockman Scholarship invited to College Station, Texas for the Brockman Foundation Finalists Selection Weekend, January 24-26, 2019. There, they will be interviewed by members of our Scholarship Selection Committee, as well as attending a variety of social events and talks.
When will you make scholarship offers to successful candidates?
We anticipate that offers of Brockman Scholarships for studies beginning in the 2019-20 academic year will be made during the latter part of January 2019. Students selected will receive notification directly from the Brockman Foundation.
If I am awarded a Brockman Scholarship, are there academic and non-academic standards that I must satisfy in order to maintain the scholarship year-on-year?
Brockman Scholars must meet eligibility requirements each year in order to continue receiving the scholarship in subsequent years.
Brockman Scholars must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 every semester in order to keep receiving scholarship support.
However, we do understand that on occasion, circumstances beyond a student’s control may impact their academic performance. In such cases, consideration will be given to those circumstances when a decision is made about a Scholar’s future scholarship support.
Brockman Scholars must also 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).
Brockman Scholars must remain in a STEM-based major during undergraduate studies, must attend events and meetings organized for the benefit of all Brockman Scholars and must also satisfy a range of other academic and non-academic requirements.
Further details regarding those other requirements will be included in a Statement of Conditions and Expectations that will be provided to candidates who are offered a Brockman Scholarship. Prospective Scholars must agree to the terms therein before their appointment as a Brockman Scholar is confirmed.
Will I be considered for other scholarships from Texas A&M in addition to the Brockman Foundation scholarship?
If you submit your admissions and scholarship applications to Texas A&M by the December 1 deadline for applications to the University, you will be considered for other Texas A&M University scholarship programs.
However, if you are nominated to receive the Brockman Scholarship and accept the invitation to become a Brockman Scholar, all other University scholarships that may have been offered to you prior to your acceptance of a Brockman Scholarship will be cancelled by the Scholarships & Financial Aid office of Texas A&M as the Brockman Foundation will cover (but not exceed) your full cost of attendance at Texas A&M.
Students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, ROTC funding, stipends from the National Merit Society, and/or veterans/dependent educational benefits may still receive these funds. The difference will be subtracted from your Brockman Foundation support by Texas A&M so that you will still have your full cost of attendance met. These are the only funding exceptions to your Brockman Foundation support.
If you are selected for other scholarship programs through your high school, school district, community organization, employers, civic groups, and so on, you must decline these scholarships (or forfeit them if you have already accepted them), as the Brockman Foundation will cover (but not exceed) your full cost of attendance (minus loan fees) at Texas A&M.
For more information on what is included in the cost of attendance, visit http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Undergraduate/Cost-of-Attendance.
How will Brockman Scholar funds apply to my student billing account?
Your scholarship offer will be posted to your Financial Aid portal at https://howdy.tamu.edu before the start of the fall semester. Once you are enrolled-full time and no sooner than 10 days prior to the start of the semester, funds will credit to your student account.
Once all posted University charges (tuition, required fees, optional fees, parking, housing, meal plan, etc.) are paid by your student account, the remaining funds will be refunded to you as a direct deposit. You may use these funds for the remainder of your expenses (e.g. books, supplies such as a laptop computer, personal expenses etc.).
You must set up direct deposit to receive this refund. Details on how to set up direct deposit can be found at https://sbs.tamu.edu/refunds/.
The amount of your award will be based on your financial aid estimated cost of attendance and will be reviewed a few weeks into each semester to ensure that your actual tuition and fee expenses are covered. Adjustments may result in an additional refund.
Must a scholarship recipient accept the Brockman Scholarship funds on the Texas A&M website? Or will the Brockman Foundation arrange the money without further action on the part of a recipient?
Yes, to view and process a scholarship award, recipients of a Brockman Scholarship must go to https://howdy.tamu.edu and log in using their Texas A&M Net ID. Access the Financial Aid Portal through the Scholarships & Financial Aid channel on the My Finances tab. On the Awards page, click on Begin Processing to accept your Brockman Scholar award. You do not need to accept the funds on the website – the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office at Texas A&M will take care of this.
Will any part of the Brockman Scholarship package be taxable? If so, will a scholarship recipient have to cover the cost of these taxes?
Any 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/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.
Must scholarship recipients stay in dorms for all five years of the scholarship in order to have financial coverage for accommodation, or will the Brockman Foundation pay for off-campus housing such as apartments?
The Brockman Foundation requires that scholars live on campus for their Freshman year only. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Off-campus housing is permissible for subsequent years and will be covered by the Brockman Foundation.
The Brockman Foundation will only provide one grant per semester for accommodation. Scholars who have already signed a lease and move during the academic year will be personally responsible for funding any additional costs incurred as a result of their move. This includes scholars who leave the Corps of Cadets and transfer to alternative on-campus or off-campus accommodation.
Scholars should get in touch with the Residence Life office to enquire about switching roommates. For more information, visit https://reslife.tamu.edu/
Is there a cap for the amount of rent that the Brockman Foundation will cover for scholarship recipients who live off campus, or are there other limitations regarding the cost of living?
Funding for housing and meals will be provided based on the average cost of attendance as determined by the Scholarships & Financial Aid office at Texas A&M. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For additional information, visit http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Undergraduate/Cost-of-Attendance#0-CollegeStationUndergraduate
Will the Brockman Foundation cover the costs if a scholarship recipient wishes to take in excess of the 30 credit hours that are required annually for the degree program?
Additional hours should not be required outside the degree program. We expect students to follow their degree plan outlined by their college/department advisor and to complete undergraduate requirements within four academic years. Should extenuating circumstances arise, scholars should contact the Brockman Foundation immediately and further steps will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Additional hours should not be required outside the degree program and consideration to double majors will be given on a case-by-case basis. As a rule, double majors should fall within STEM fields.
Yes. But this must not interfere with their ability to complete their undergraduate degree within four years.
No. Scholars are to seek academic advice from the academic advising department within their college.
No, it will not. The onus is on the student to find such funding.
The on-campus Brockman Foundation coordinator will be able to advise scholars as to where they should seek assistance. The cost of tutoring is not covered by the Brockman Foundation unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Scholars should make every effort to accommodate the MS Business program prerequisites during the fall/spring semesters. Scholars should consult their academic advisors about the best time to take the required classes.
The Brockman Foundation will only cover these costs if scholars are able to prove that they are unable to accommodate the prerequisites during their fall/spring semesters. This would have to be signed off on by their academic advisor.
Yes, as long as they meet the scholarship conditions in our FAQs online, which state that Brockman Scholars must 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), as well as their course requirements.
Yes, but this would require pre-approval on a case-by-case basis and would require an academic advisor to sign off on the necessity. The Brockman Foundation reserves the right to deny funding for summer classes if these classes could have been accommodated during the fall/spring semester.
No. Funding for summer courses is not included in the scholarships. The Brockman Foundation will only consider funding summer courses at other colleges if students are unable to complete their MS Business program prerequisite requirements during the fall/spring semesters, if this would put them at risk of not being able to graduate within four years, and if they could not find suitable alternatives via course structuring that uses the available Texas A&M summer programs. This would require an academic advisor to sign off on a revised degree plan that is submitted to the Brockman Foundation at the start of the spring semester. This would be considered on a case-by-case basis and the Brockman Foundation reserves the right to withhold funding for summer classes.
Will the Brockman Foundation pay for summer courses at Texas A&M?
No. Funding for summer courses is not included in the scholarship. If students are required to attend summer classes to stay on track to graduate within four years, and this has been signed off on by their academic advisor on a revised degree plan, the Brockman Foundation will consider paying for summer classes on a case-by-case basis. However, students would have to be enrolled full-time over the summer and the Brockman Foundation reserves the right to withhold funding for summer classes.
The Brockman Foundation will only fund one University-organized study abroad opportunity that allows scholars to earn credit towards their degree plan. This includes faculty-led programs and exchange programs. Students can take a whole semester or year abroad, but it is imperative that their study abroad opportunity does not interfere with their ability to complete their undergraduate degree in four years. A scholar must apply for and receive the approval of both the Brockman Foundation and Texas A&M before embarking on a study abroad program in a foreign country. For more information about study abroad opportunities that offer academic credit, visit http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/ .
The costs of the study abroad programs are outlined on the Study Abroad website. The Study Abroad office will bill the program fees to the individual scholar’s university account, and this will be reimbursed by the Brockman Foundation. Students will also be reimbursed for additional expenses not included in the program fee. This includes tuition and fees, international airfare, passport and visa if needed, meals that are not included in the program fee and textbooks and supplies. Personal spending is not included.
Yes, but scholars would have to fund this themselves as the Brockman Foundation covers only one study abroad opportunity. Any additional study abroad opportunities must also not interfere with the scholar’s ability to graduate on time.
One study abroad opportunity is sufficient.
No, scholars must source their own study abroad opportunity through their College or the Study Abroad office. Scholars must also ensure that the study abroad opportunity fits within the degree plan outlined by their academic advisor.
Scholars should make every effort to source their own internships/work placements for the summer. This includes attending career fairs organized by relevant departments.
The internship should be related to the student’s intended career path. Students should communicate their intended internship/work placement to the Brockman Foundation, including a brief explanation as to the reasoning for their choice.
The Brockman Foundation does not cover internships that are fully funded. Partially funded internships will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This applies to internships in the United States and abroad.
Internships are preferably to be taken during the summer so that they do not interfere with scholars’ degree plans and their ability to complete their undergraduate degree within four years. The duration of the internship depends on the internship itself.
Students should exhaust all options available to them, such as taking their study abroad opportunity, a summer learning opportunity or finding alternative employment, before approaching the Brockman Foundation for further assistance in this regard.
Scholars may work as Fish Camp counsellors. While the Brockman Foundation would prefer employment to be related to the scholar’s degree, this is not a strict requirement.
Will the Brockman Foundation fund travel for out-of-state students who wish to attend a New Student Conference for the purpose of registering for necessary, high-demand classes?
No. Texas A&M has a process to manage student course availability through the summer registration period. Scholarship recipients should be able to register for the classes that are needed for their freshman year.
Will the Brockman Foundation pay for scholars to take part in Fish Camp?
Yes. However, scholars should advise the on-campus Brockman Scholars Program Coordinator as soon as possible that they have registered for Fish Camp, and their registration has been confirmed. On behalf of the Brockman Foundation, the on-campus coordinator will arrange for transfer of funds to the Fish Camp account.
Will the Brockman Foundation cover additional costs associated with the Corps of Cadets?
No. The amount given to scholars for personal expenses should be adequate to cover additional costs such as uniform, foot locker or dry cleaning that are the result of scholars signing up to the Corps of Cadets.
Will the Brockman Foundation pay for a scholarship recipient’s cost of parking?
Yes. Campus parking is included in the cost of attendance and covered in the expenses.
Brockman Scholars are expected to become enthusiastic and fully involved members of the campus community, this includes entering actively into the extracurricular life of the University. All scholars are expected to participate in, and contribute to, endeavors outside the academic curriculum. Each scholar’s extracurricular involvement is necessarily a part of the Foundation’s regular review of its grants. Extracurricular activities do not have to be degree specific and there are no specific groups scholars must join. There are also no restrictions regarding extracurricular activities, but it is imperative that students conduct themselves in a manner befitting a Brockman Scholar.
Is there any meal plan that the Brockman Foundation would like scholarship recipients to choose?
It is the student’s choice. However, keep in mind that the cost of attendance uses an average and that choosing a more expensive meal plan may leave less funding for other education-related expenses throughout the semester.
Will the Brockman Foundation cover meal plans and housing if scholars are enrolled in summer classes?
The Brockman Foundation will cover the cost of meal plans and housing if students are required to attend summer classes at Texas A&M University to ensure they are able to stay on track and complete their undergraduate degree within the mandated four years.
Will the Brockman Foundation cover the cost of music lessons, or similar extracurricular activities?
No. Extracurricular activities, such as music lessons, are personal/optional and the cost thereof should be incurred by the scholarship recipient.
A computer purchase is a one-time adjustment for your academic career and will be subsidized to the extent outlined in the following online form. Scholars should fill out and submit the form and receipt to the on-campus Brockman Foundation coordinator. http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Forms/1819RequestChangeCostAttendance.aspx.
No, it is not.
This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
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.