Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership


Endowment Guidelines
Open to current Rice undergraduates in good academic and judicial standing, faculty, and staff.
Note to faculty and staff applicants: 
  • The donors intended for the Rice Family Endowment to support student initiated and led projects. Projects submitted by faculty and staff must demonstrate student ownership and innovation from project conceptualization through development and implementation.

Types of Requests Considered 

Any proposal meeting the broad goals of the endowment will be accepted, but particular attention is given to proposals that:

  • Promise to make a quantifiable impact upon society, raise awareness among the Rice community, and foster leadership and creativity among Rice students.
  • Demonstrate local sustainability of the work, particularly when the proposal is related to individual or group travel; and
  • Impact the Houston community.

Community Partner Support

All applicants must submit a letter of support from the community partner with whom they will collaborate to implement the proposed project. Letters, addressed to the Rich Endowment Selection Committee, must speak to the following points: 

  • Identification of the value of this project for the organization;
  • Ways in which Rice students will be involved and build the capacity of the organization; and
  • Contact information for a staff member at the agency who will act as a liaison to the student, faculty, or staff.

If a specific community partner cannot be identified or a letter of support cannot be obtained in advance, please address the reasons in your application.