Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

The Caring Friends Inc. Scholarship

Friends-In-Deed Scholarship

The Caring Friends Inc. Scholarship supports hands on compassionate service from one neighbor to another regardless of race, gender, and religion or humanitarian tradition. A successful applicant will write a two-page essay that explains how his/her philosophical understandings, faith tradition, or spiritual tradition provides the framework for their humanitarian service.

The Center for Civic Leadership will select the strongest applicants and send their essays to the Caring Friends Board for their selection of the winning application. Caring Friends will make the final selection without regard to race, religion, philosophical tradition, or gender.

Essay Objective:

The objective of the essay is to explain with some specifics how your personal philosophy, religious faith or humanitarian tradition influences and guides your engagement in community service and civic leadership. What values guide you and where do those values come from?


Write an essay of no more than two pages(double spaced) that meets the stated objective of the Caring Friends essay contest.

Essay Context: 

As a faith based non-profit that derives its ethos from the life and teachings of Christ, the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37, New Testament) is instructive for Caring Friends in sponsoring a competitive essay contest in a pluralistic university context.

Application Requirements:

  • Students must have at least one year of education remaining and must be continuing their studies throughout the 2018-2019 academic year at Rice University.
  • This award is open to continuing graduates and undergraduate students.
  • The recipient must have maintained a 3.0 GPA The Caring Friends Indeed scholarship is about affirming hands on compassionate service to neighbors regardless of race, gender, religion or humanitarian tradition.

Applications are due Monday March 26th at 11:59pm.