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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 inclusive of race, gender, and religion or humanitarian tradition. A successful applicant will write a two-page essay that explains how their 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 ethcial or moral 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. Please include your name, the date you are submitting your application, and graduation month/year on three separte lines (aligned right) in the header

The Caring Friends 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 2019-2020 academic year at Rice University.
  • This award is open to continuing graduate and undergraduate students.

The Caring Friends Indeed scholarship is about affirming hands on compassionate service to neighbors inclusive of race, gender, religion or humanitarian tradition.

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

Applications will be evaluated based on essay content and calibur as related to the prompt, and adhererance to the application instructions. Letters of support will not be considred. 

To apply: 

  • Click APPLY NOW and sign in with your Net ID to complete the general application form (if you have been in the CCL system before, be sure to update all sections) & select #62 for the Caring Friends Inc. Scholarship in the Awards / Opportunities Section
  • E-Sign & submit the general application form
  • Upload the essay as a PDF on final page of application
  • Contact Shaina Holm (sh81@rice.edu) with any questions or concerns regarding the the application process