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Graduate Awards & Scholarships

The awards and scholarships below show a list of opportunities based on your academic status, major and interests. Click on the award name to review additional details and information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Mashburn.

Ralph Budd Ph.D. Thesis Award

Ralph Budd Ph.D. Engineering Thesis Award is given to a graduate student for the best-written thesis in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. The student must be graduating during the current academic year.

Amount: $3,500

Requirements:Two nomination letters per department An electronic copy of the thesis

Application deadline: March 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Ralph Budd Ph.D. Thesis Award are submitted by academic programs. Contact your department if you believe you qualify for this award.

Harrianna Butler Scholarship

The Harrianna Butler Scholarship is awarded to an exceptional undergraduate or graduate student who will return the next year. The recipient of this award should be married and in need of financial support to continue his/her studies.

Amount: $10,000

Requirements: Student must be married, returning to Rice the following year and able to demonstrate financial need

Application: March 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Harrianna Butler Scholarship are awards by academic programs. Contact your department if you believe you qualify for this award.

  • One nomination letter per department
Sue H. and Harold R. Galloway Foundation

Sue H. and Harold R. Galloway Foundation provides a one-time bonus to a prospective graduate student who has applied and been accepted to a doctoral program in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. The recipient of this award must matriculate at Rice in the Fall semester to receive the award.

Amount: $5,000

Requirements: One nomination letter submitted per engineering department

Application deadline: March 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Sue H. and Harold R. Galloway Foundation are submitted by the engineering academic departments.

Louis & Peaches Owen Fellowships for Professional Masters

The Louis & Peaches Owens Fellowship for Professional Masters is awarded to a Rice senior or junior engineering student pursuing an engineering professional master’s degree at the George R. Brown School of Engineering after graduation.

Amount: Half tuition for up to two semesters while the student is enrolled full-time in an engineering professional master’s program at Rice.

Application Materials:

  • Copy of resume and degree for which they plan to study
  • One-page statement if what motivated them to seek a professional master's degree
  • One (1) letter of recommendation

Requirements: Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship the academic term before enrolling full-time in a professional master’s program. Students must have completed their undergraduate degree and be enrolled full-time in an EPMP in order to receive this award.

Application deadline: March 1

How to apply: Spring 2023 Application Link

Hershel M. Rich Invention Award

The Hershel M. Rich Invention Award is given to Rice engineering students or faculty members who have invented or developed an original invention.

Amount: $7,500 — up to two awards might be given

Requirements: One nomination letter per department describing the original invention

Application deadline: March 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Hershel M. Rich Invention Award are submitted by academic programs. Contact your department if you believe you qualify for this award.