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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.

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.

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 to qualify for this award
  • Student must be returning the following academic year
  • Student must be able to demonstrate financial need
  • One nomination letter per department

Application deadline: March 1

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

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.

I-ACED Program

I-ACED Program for Engineering Professional Master’s Students will support students from low-income backgrounds seeking master’s degrees in engineering, computer science, mathematics and data science. Students will select from among disciplines in one of three technical tracks: biotechnology, sustainability and resilience, and digital twinning.

Award:

  • At Rice: awardees receive a full tuition waiver
  • Up to $10,000 in tuition scholarship funds

Requirements:

  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, US national, or an admitted refugee at the time of the application
  • Have demonstrated academic potential, defined as being accepted for admission to one of the I-ACED master degree programs (you may concurrently apply for I-ACED while also applying for your graduate program)
  • Have demonstrated unmet financial need as defined by the individual university that you are applying for

How to apply: Visit our I-ACED Program site for details.

Texas Engineering Foundation

Open to students pursuing a graduate degree in engineering at an ABET-accredited Texas University who need financial assistance.

Amount: $2,000 — one nominee from departments chosen by Dean of Engineering to be submitted to TEF to choose the final candidate

Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time and admitted to a graduate student or professional masters program at Texas university
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the U.S.
  • Only one application submitted by dean of engineering of ABET-accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Info on EI or PE status or plans
  • Complete .pdf application

Application deadline: March 1

How to apply: The Dean of Engineering chooses one candidate to forward to the Auxiliary to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Mashburn at mashburn@rice.edu.

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. Engineering students may apply for the fellowship before applying for admission into a professional master’s program, but must be accepted and enrolled in a professional master’s program at the George R. Brown School of Engineering in order to receive this award.

Amount: $12,500 per semester for up to two semesters while the student is enrolled full-time in an engineering professional master’s program at Rice

Application Materials:

  • Applicants must submit a resume and the degree for which they plan to study
  • A one-page statement of what motivates 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 2022 Application Link