Brown-Rudder


The Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award was established in 1970 as the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior at Texas A&M University. No more than two Brown-Rudder awardees are selected at Texas A&M each year. The award is presented at the LAUNCH recognition ceremony and announced at the commencement exercise(s) of the honorees college at Texas A&M each May.


The award honors the outstanding senior student who exemplifies the leadership, patriotism, fortitude, courage, humility, love of Texas A&M University, and willingness to uphold the principles for which Texas A&M stands as vividly exemplified by James Earl Rudder during his lifetime. Gen. Earl Rudder, a World War II hero, served as president of Texas A&M from 1959 until his death in 1970.

To be eligible for the Brown-Rudder award, a student must:

  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and leadership
  • Be a member of an honor or professional society
  • Have participated in extracurricular activities, including community service, with dedication to Texas A&M and its principles

Learn more about Special Awards at Graduation.