Lily Wulfemeyer '20: Creativity that Deserves Opportunity

As a serious violinist in high school, Lily Wulfemeyer ’20 became interested in Rice because of the stellar reputation of The Shepherd School of Music. When she visited campus, her interactions with the English department and the Center for Civic Leadership assured her that Rice was a place where she could pursue her musical and academic interests while also gaining valuable experience outside the classroom.

For all of her excitement, though, Lily was aware that cost might be a barrier. “When I was investigating the cost of tuition, I could see that the total amount was just not within reach for me,” Lily explained. “I was incredibly concerned about getting enough funding in scholarships to make up the difference.”

‘My acceptance arrived, and I was thrilled,” Lily remembers. “But I needed to figure out if my family could make this work.”  

A generous financial aid package made Rice possible for her and her family.

Today, Lily is pursuing a degree in English with a creative writing concentration and a minor in museums and cultural heritage, while seeking meaningful opportunities that will translate to a career in the arts. She participated in two Alternative Spring Break Trips focused on immigrant justice and credits the experiences with honing her activism. She leads Cavity, a student art collective, and is co-editing R2: The Rice Review, an undergraduate literary arts magazine. She’s interned with a major publishing house in New York City and worked as a bookseller in the heart of Paris. Undoubtedly, she is squeezing every last drop out of her Rice experience.

Lily says that her scholarship has made all the difference.

“My Rice education has given me the tools and resources I need to make my dreams come true. The scholarships I have received have forever changed my world and my future.”

Lily illustrates a fundamental Rice value: talent deserves opportunity. Beginning in the fall of 2019, a new financial aid initiative — The Rice Investment — will significantly expand support for low- and middle-income families. With a commitment to raise $150 million in need-based, endowed scholarships, Rice is investing in the promise of all students who demonstrate talent, creativity and drive to positively impact the world.

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