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Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships

Browse the awards and scholarships below based on your academic status, major and interests. Click on the award name to review additional details or for information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please email Pamela Traylor.

Rice Engineering Alumni Scholarships

The Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students recognized for academic achievement, research, leadership excellence and international service. Each year the REA provides scholarships to outstanding students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Over $150,000 in awards and scholarships are awarded at the REA/SOE End-of-Year Picnic. For specific details on each award, please visit REA.

Amount: Varies based on award

Requirements: Applications submitted to REA review committee

Application deadline: Spring, check REA website for specific deadlines

Apply now for the Rice Engineering Alumni Scholarships


Phil Layton Award of Excellence in the Arts

The Phil Layton Award of Excellence in the Arts provides stipends to undergraduate students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering who are in their junior, senior, or fifth year and have demonstrated involvement in the performing, visual, or written arts at Rice and/or in the Houston community. Preferential consideration will be accorded to individuals who have pursued community-based commitments through their art.

Amount: $2,000-$4,000 — Up to two awards might be given

Requirements:

  • Junior, senior, fifth-year undergraduate engineering students are eligible
  • Student must be able to demonstrate involvement in performing, visual or written arts

Application Materials:

  • A written statement describing the performing, visual, and/or written arts activities in which student have been involved, including specific roles if the activity was as part of an ensemble.
  • The statement should include participation in activities at Rice or outside of Rice but with the Houston metropolitan area while a student was enrolled at Rice.
  • List honors, prizes, or other recognitions that have been earned through these activities
  • Resume

Application deadline: October 31

Apply now for the Phil Layton Award of Excellence in the Arts


Rice University FIRST Scholarships

Applicants must be 1) a high school senior at time of application; 2) have participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or a FIRST Tech challenge (FTC) team during junior and/or senior years in high school; 3) apply and be admitted to Rice University as a full-time student; and 4) have demonstrated financial need as determined the FAFSA and Rice requirements.

Amount: $10,000 — two recipients, renewal up to four years

Requirements:

  • Complete scholarship application
  • Letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST team
  • Essay (500-750 words, see application for details)

Application deadline: January 15

Apply now for the Rice University FIRST Scholarships


Volunteers Hard Hat Award

The Volunteers Hard Hat Award recognizes students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering that have significantly contributed supporting activities within the office of the Dean of Engineering. Up to five awards might be given yearly

Amount: $100 each (plus a hardhat) — 4-5 recipients

Requirements: Volunteer services are calculated over the AY year and recipients are chosen by how many events they volunteer for

Application deadline: No application, students will be selected by the Dean of Engineering


Fluor Daniel Scholarships

The Fluor Daniel Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students completing their sophomore year in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. This award is based on academic achievement.

Amount: $1,000-1,500 — Up to three students can be nominated by eligible departments

Requirements:

  • Junior students are eligible
  • The student must have declared a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Application deadline: December 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Fluor Daniel Scholarships are submitted by academic programs. Contact your department if you believe you qualify for this award.


Rodd Selman Scholarship

The Rodd Selman Scholarship is awarded to provide assistance to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE) students.

Amount: $$1,000-$1,500 — Up to five scholarships might be awarded by the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department.

Requirements: Student must have declared CHBE as their major.

Application deadline: February 1

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


James S. Waters Creativity Fund

The James S. Waters Creativity Award supports undergraduate students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering who demonstrated creativity not associated with a specific course. Examples of these activities include peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, a scientific presentation at a national conference, a new device or invention, a report on an independent project, etc.

Amount: $1,000 each

Requirements:

  • One nomination letter
  • An electronic copy of the paper, report or description of the device of the invention (include any patents or patent applications)

Application deadline: March 1

How to apply: Nominations for the James S. Waters Creativity 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 — one recipient can be nominated by every Department Chair in the George R. Brown School of Engineering

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.


Auxiliary to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers

Auxiliary to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship is awarded to a worthy student pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering at an ABET-accredited Texas university who are in need of financial assistance.

Amount: $1,000-2,000

Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time at a Texas university
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the U.S.
  • Only one application submitted by the Dean of engineering of ABET-accredited program

Application materials:

  • One nomination per engineering department at the George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • Complete .pdf application form (Link to online .pdf form)
  • Official transcript
  • Personal essay elaborating on reasons for applying for this scholarship, plans and future goals, engineering experiences and financial assistance sources
  • Letter of recommendation from the department chair or student advisor
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residence

Application deadline: February 1

How to apply:

  • The Dean of engineering chooses one candidate to forward to Auxiliary to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
  • If you have any questions, please email Pamela Traylor at pt3@rice.edu.

Texas Society of Professional Engineers

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers Award (TSPE) is given to students who are promoting TSPE mission and goals in their area. Nominations will be evaluated based on their ability to promote TSPE’s mission and goals; their ingenuity; as well as their relevance to the geographic area in which they are located.

Amount:

  • $200 per award for selected students
  • $2,000 per most outstanding students selected

Requirements:

  • Department nominations include a brief description of each nomination
  • Senior must provide a resume and plan on graduating in May
  • Outstanding juniors and seniors from ABET-accredited programs Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE), Bioengineering (BIOE), Mechanical Engineering (MECH), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEVE), Material Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Application deadline: February 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Award are submitted by academic programs. Contact your department if you believe you qualify for this award.


The Society of American Military Engineers

The Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.) is awarded to a deserving engineering student enrolled in Rice’s military academy.

Amount: $500-1,000

Requirements: Recommendation by ROTC commanding officer

Application deadline: October 1

How to apply: Nominations for the Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship are submitted by ROTC command officers. Please contact this program if you believe you qualify for the award.


Dick and Mary Ellen Wilson Civil Engineering Student Enhancement Fund

Dick and Mary Ellen Wilson Engineering Student Enhancement Fund provides financial support for international travel for undergraduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Preference will be given to students participating in a study abroad program, but the travel grant might also support other educational initiatives that require international travel.

Amount: up to $2,000

Requirements:

  • Students applying for this travel grant must have declared Civil and Environmental Engineering as their academic major
  • Students must have completed a minimum of two academic terms enrolled at Rice before the start date of the proposed trip

Application materials: Submit a one-page application form describing the proposed international travel:

  • trip description (date, location and program/organization)
  • purpose of travel
  • how this opportunity will enhance the student’s educational experience at Rice
  • detailed budget (including all contributions, personal and otherwise, already committed or being requested and how much is being requested from the travel award program. Application Deadline: March 1st, for summer or fall travel; October 1st, for spring travel

Application deadline:

  • March 1, for summer or fall travel
  • October 1, for spring travel

Apply now for the Wilson Civil Engineering Student Enhancement Fund​


Chevron Scholarships

Chevron Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate sophomore or junior level students pursuing a degree that is beneficial to Chevron’s business.

Amount: Two recipients per program might be selected by the department

  • $1,000 each – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • $4,000 each – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • $2,000 each – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • $2,000 each – Mechanical Engineering

Requirements:

  • Full-time engineering student
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Must be pursuing a degree that is beneficial to Chevron business
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and interest in Chevron and energy industry
  • Students from sanction countries may be considered for awards on a case-by-case
  • A minimum of one noteworthy achievement/recognition

Application deadline: October 1

How to apply: Nominations for Chevron Scholarships are submitted by academic programs. Contact your department if you believe you qualify for this award.


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 pursing 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: 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:

  • 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

Requirements:

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

Application deadline: February 1

How to apply: Email application materials to Rosario Sa Martinez at rsm@rice.edu.


XTO Energy, Inc. Scholarship

XTO Energy, Inc. Scholarship is awarded to a Rice graduating senior or junior 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. Student’s applying to this award must plan to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry.

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:

  • Applicants must submit a resume and the degree for which they plan to study
  • One-page statement of what motivates them to seek a professional master’s degree
  • Three recommendation letters at least one must be from a university professor teaching a subject related directly to the oil and gas industry

Requirements:

  • Students must have completed their undergraduate degree and be enrolled full-time in an EPMP in order to receive this award.
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Plan to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry
  • Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.

Application deadline: February 1

How to apply: Email application materials to Rosario Sa Martinez at rsm@rice.edu.


Engineering Professional Master's Program Scholarships

Engineering Professional Master’s Program Scholarships is awarded to a Rice graduating senior or junior pursing 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: 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:

  • 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
  • Two letters of recommendation; at least one must be from a Rice University professor

Requirements:

  • Students must have completed their undergraduate degree and be enrolled full-time in an engineering professional master’s program in order to receive this award.
  • Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship the academic term before enrolling full-time in a professional master’s program
  • GPA 3.5 or higher

Application deadline: February 1

How to apply: Email application materials to Rosario Sa Martinez at rsm@rice.edu.


Rice Engineering Undergraduate Support for Student Initiatives

The Rice Engineering Undergraduate Support for Student Development Award is given to undergraduate students in the School of Engineering that are participating in activities that contribute to their professional and academic development. This award will not support study abroad programs.

Preference will be given to students participating in an engineering project that aligns with their academic goals and with the George R. Brown School of Engineering vision. Students applying to receive these funds are encouraged to also contact their academic department to request matching funds.

Amount: amount varies based on the award

Application deadline:

  • September 30
  • October 30
  • November 30
  • December 30
  • January 30
  • February 30
  • March 30
  • April 30

Apply now for the Rice Engineering Undergraduate Support for Student Initiatives

Complete the template form. In addition to your budget, be sure to include all of the information about the departments, offices, and other organizations from which you are requesting support, the amounts requested, and the status of those requests.