Alan Grob Prize

The Alan Grob is named in honor of Alan Grob, who for forty years taught literature at Rice University and was the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. The Alan Grob Prize is awarded to Rice Undergraduates who, through service to the larger community, has demonstrated the most devotion to the needs and interest of the economically and culturally disadvantaged. The recipient’s activities shall exemplify the values of community service that Professor Grob lived and so eloquently taught. The recipient must be a current Rice University student. Graduating seniors are eligible for this award.

Tailored Resume :
Please create a resume tailored to the Alan Grob Prize. The resume should focus on your community engagement experiences, and include the impact of those efforts as well as the skills you have gained.

Essay :
Please include your name, the date you are submitting your application, and graduation month/year on three separate lines (aligned right) in the header. 

In 500-1000 words address the following:

  1. Your experience with civic engagement (on campus and/or off campus)
  2. Your development, in a sense of civic identity, through your experiences (through growth with an organization or social issue, regular volunteer service, etc.)
  3. Your future commitment to public action

Applications will be evaluated based on essay content and caliber as related to the prompt, and adherence to the application instructions. Letters of support will not be considered. 

Applications are due Friday, March 24th, 2024 at 11:59 PM CT

Contact the CCL ( with any questions or concerns regarding the application process.




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