News and Stories

Rice Owls are known for their inspired ingenuity, passionate pursuit of excellence and endless exploration of new ideas. Here are just a few examples of how members of our Rice community are putting Rice’s values into action long after they leave campus.

Taylor Montgomery ’22 (Sid Rich) grew up in Humble, Texas, on the outskirts of Houston proper. Rice’s prestigious reputation, beautiful campus and friendly students made her choice of college easy. The Rice Investment made her top choice a reality.

Kayt Ribordy looks back on her time at Rice and is grateful for the diversity of people, thoughts and backgrounds represented throughout campus, which is something she credits to The Rice Investment, the university’s generous financial aid policy.

Anna Unterberger ’80 enables deserving students to pursue their passions through an endowed undergraduate scholarship — a gift that was enhanced by The Rice Investment Matching Gift Program.

When Ben Zaltsman ’22 began his search for colleges, he was only considering schools close to home in New York. Once he was introduced to Rice University at a fateful college fair his senior year, he started making different plans. 

When Lorelei Dearing ’23 toured the Rice campus during high school, the Houston-native knew it was her dream school. At the time, though, it was not clear to her how she would afford a secondary degree. “College is expensive. My mother is a schoolteacher, and my father is a mechanic, so it felt really unfair for me to expect them to support me when I have three other siblings,” she says. “Receiving my acceptance to Rice was a blessing, but the immediate concern was ‘how do I pay for this?’”

Even before Jennifer and Stuart Litwin visited campus with their daughter, current freshman Bailey Litwin ’22, they were no strangers to Rice’s reputation of excellence.

Like many Owls before her, senior Jordyn Wainscott fell in love with Rice after a campus tour. Knowing that she would need a full scholarship to attend college, she became even more enamored after learning about The Rice Investment, the university’s generous financial aid policy.

When Jason Lopez ’19 (Brown) turned 16 years old, he started working alongside his mother at a local carwash. He was young, active, full of energy and ready to earn some money to help his family.

With an aptitude for math and science, Sebastian Gonzalez ’19 (Lovett) applied to Rice because of its impressive bioengineering program. Growing up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, Sebastian was not entirely familiar with Houston or the university, but it only took a single campus visit for him to see that Rice was the perfect place to pursue his education.

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