Nia Prince ’21 (Sid Richardson)

Social Policy Analysis and Sociology Major / Scholarship Recipient

Nia Prince ’21 knew from a young age that she wanted to attend the university a few blocks down the road. “One of the major things that I was looking at in a college was diversity,” she says. “I've always gone to very diverse schools, and I've really appreciated how it contributed to my learning experience.”

Nia took part in the SOAR program — as a Houston native she didn’t need to travel far to get to campus — through which she aligned her expectations of Rice with the students she met. “What really stood out was that the students were just so friendly and so helpful,” she notes. “Then, they were also really passionate and smart and driven. They were obviously going to do something to change the world.”

Nia was able to choose Rice because of the generous financial aid package Rice offered. “Financial aid played a huge part in me being at Rice,” Nia says. “My family was right on the edge of what we could afford, so we didn't know whether or not it was going to work.” But after meeting with financial aid officers, Nia’s family was able to find a way to make it work.

“Donating in support of education is really the best investment a person can make.” — Nia Prince ’21 (Sid Richardson)

At Rice, she is combining two passions: biology and politics. As a Social Policy Analysis/ Sociology major and an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology minor, she is considering law school as a way to bring these disciplines together and pursue a career advocating for informed decision-making in law and politics.

She has gained invaluable experience by interning with a judge in the Harris County District Court and by working on a congressional campaign as part of a sociology class exploring issues of inequality with Professor Ruth Lopez-Turley. “It was a lot of just getting out and hitting the streets and talking to as many people as possible,” she says. “It had a huge impact because I was able to see firsthand how a campaign works. I've always wanted to enter politics, but to actually be on a campaign means that I'm making connections that I know will be very helpful down the road.”

As she reflects on her own path to Rice and her ambitions for the future, she is able to see the continuum of support that made her educational experience possible.

“Donating in support of education is really the best investment a person can make,” she says. “Rice is a life-changing experience, and it can be the kick start to really launching someone into everything they dreamed they could be. In my case, that was me.”


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