R. Harper Brown Scholarship

$10,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
6/1/2023Submission Deadline

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Chicago Scots, founded in 1845, was the first and is the longest-running not-for-profit organization in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to promote Scottish culture in Chicago through cultural events and community outreach to young Scottish Americans interested in studying in Scotland.

The R. Harper Brown Scholarship is sponsored by Chicago Scots and honors the memory of R. Harper Brown, Society Governor, Kinsman of the Year, and co-chair of the Kith and Kin campaign. The fund aims to reduce the cost of studying at a Scottish university for American students.

The scholarship awards $10,000. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, who have been accepted and intend to attend university in Scotland, or students in an accredited American college or university seeking a study-abroad opportunity in Scotland.

Key Information of R. Harper Brown Scholarship

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  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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R. Harper Brown Scholarship Timeline

March 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications are open from early March.

June 2023

Submission Deadline

The deadline for applications is early June.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Graduate – Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the R. Harper Brown Scholarship


Have impressive grades

Academic success is one of the selection criteria. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must show that they have strong academic ability.


Show interest in Scottish-American communities

Applicants must demonstrate their ability to participate in future activities with groups such as Chicago Scots, Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care, and the Scottish-American community. Contributing to these communities will increase the appeal of an applicant.


Live in Chicago

Residents of the Chicago area are given first consideration in the selection process. As a result, being a student from that region is advantageous.


Be a member of Chicago Scots

Chicago Scots members are given priority in the selection process. Furthermore, members' children and grandchildren receive preferential treatment, which means that if your parent or grandparent is a member, your application may be given priority.

How the R. Harper Brown Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are evaluated based on their academic achievements, contributions to the future of communities such as Chicago Scots, whether they live in Chicago, and whether their parents or grandparents are members of Chicago Scots.

Why We Love the R. Harper Brown Scholarship


Promotes Scottish culture

This scholarship promotes Scottish culture by helping American students pay for their college studies in Scotland.


Funds study-abroad experience too

The scholarship is open to students enrolled in an accredited American college or university who want a study-abroad experience in Scotland.


It’s a niche scholarship

This is a scholarship that’s very niche so it will likely be much less competitive than traditional scholarships.

5 Facts About R. Harper Brown Scholarship


It’s in honor of R. Harper Brown

The scholarship honors the legacy of R. Harper Brown, Society Governor, Kinsman of the year, and co-Chair of the Kith and Kin campaign.


Been around for 176 years

The Chicago Scots has existed for over 176 years since its founding in 1845.


Applicants required to submit letters of recommendation

Applicants' letters of recommendation must be written by a college or high school teacher or administrator, as well as a counselor or mentor.


A program to support outstanding first-generation students

Applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their academic and personal goals.


Applications are submitted online and via email

Applicants are required to submit their online application forms online and transcripts, letters of recommendation, and cover letters are to be emailed to an email address provided on the scholarship website.

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