The Initiative for Students

Opportunity begins with access

Access is a core value at Rice — great students should have the chance to choose Rice whatever their means. When they do, they gain access to a special community of passionate students, top faculty, accomplished alumni and generous friends, working in an environment where they can build knowledge and hone problem-solving skills.

The education of the future — from unparalleled classroom experience to hands-on research to professional development and experiential education in its many forms — starts with access for the students who will become our leaders of the future. Scholarship support opens this door, and the Rice education ensures that our students know how to take this opportunity to do great things.

In the third year of the Initiative for Students, we will expand this access through scholarship support while enhancing experiential education in key areas:

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Scholarship support

Scholarship support gives Rice students access: to a leading education, to a dynamic and creative campus, to a network of alumni and friends who are committed to making the world better, stronger, smarter. With your support, great students prepare to lead the way as Rice’s alumni of the future.  Learn more >>

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Mentorship and professional development

Through the Initiative for Students, we will continue to support the meaningful programs that enhance the impact of the powerful Rice network.  Learn more >>

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Global Experience

When students have the chance to undertake research and gain experience across the U.S. and abroad, they expand the bounds of their knowledge, language ability and creative inspiration.  Learn more >>

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Creativity and Problem-Solving

As the demand for experiential education increases, Rice must continue to enhance the traditional classroom with innovative programming in spaces where learning thrives. Looking ahead, Rice will support a powerful set of emerging priorities that advance experiential education and innovative programs.  Learn more >>

The future of higher education begins today

Rice President David W. Leebron has championed the importance of a diverse and experiential education that fulfills Rice's mission and meets our students’ call for opportunities to innovate and solve problems. Learn more about this important moment in higher education: The Why: Supporting the Future of Higher Education at Rice.

Thank you for your support of our students!

Support your passion

Visit our Opportunities for Support page to explore the many ways you can impact Rice students based on your interests and passion.

Opportunities for Support

A New Era of Leadership Training at Rice

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders, launched in the first year of the Initiative for Students in 2015, seeks to offer undergraduate students from every major the opportunity to be guided by a certified leadership coach. 

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A remarkable commitment to entrepreneurship

The Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie), established with a gift from the Frank and Cindy Liu Family Foundation, will feature new and expanded entrepreneurship courses as well as project funds with the goal of encouraging Rice students to pursue and achieve success in entrepreneurial endeavors.

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