Student Scholarships

Each year REA provides scholarships to outstanding students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. The REA Student Grants & Awards Committee releases the scholarship application forms.  All applications are due Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5 pm.

All scholarships are awarded at the REA/School of Engineering End-of-Year Picnic, at which the entire Rice community is invited to celebrate the achievements of the year.  Over $100,000 in awards and scholarships are presented.

Questions regarding the REA Scholarship Program should be directed to the REA Grants & Awards Chair.

Merit Awards

REA provides Merit Awards to outstanding Juniors and Seniors in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.

Merit Award applications can be found here.

The following Merit Awards are available to Juniors in the School of Engineering:

Herbert Allen Outstanding Junior (1)
Distinguished Juniors (2)
Junior Merit Awards (9)
  Bioengineering
  Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  Civil & Environmental Engineering
  Computational & Applied Mathematics
  Computer Science
  Electrical & Computer Engineering
  Materials Science & NanoEngineering
  Mechanical Engineering
  Statistics

The following Merit Awards are available to Seniors in the School of Engineering:
Outstanding Senior (1)
Distinguished Seniors (2)
Senior Merit Awards (9)
  Bioengineering
  Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  Civil & Environmental Engineering
  Computational & Applied Mathematics
  Computer Science
  Electrical & Computer Engineering
  Materials Science & NanoEngineering
  Mechanical Engineering
  Statistics

All applications are due Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5 pm.

Leadership, Research & Service Awards

Beginning in 2011, REA provides four scholarships recognizing excellence in leadership, research, and international service. These scholarships are open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the School of Engineering.

Leadership Excellence Awards

Given to two undergraduate engineering students who have shown outstanding leadership at Rice. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year can be found here.

Research Excellence Award

Given to an undergraduate engineering student who has performed outstanding academic research at Rice. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year can be found here.

International Service Award

Given to an undergraduate engineering student who has distinguished himself or herself through international service. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year can be found here.

All applications are due Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5 pm.

Special Awards

The following scholarships from other funding sources are selected by the respective engineering departments and presented by REA at the End-of-Year Picnic:

Willy Revolution Award

Established by the team that rotated Willy's statue in 1988 and given for innovation and creativity in engineering design.

Buckley-Sartwelle Scholarship

Created by Jack Boyd Buckley CE ’48 and Helen Sartwelle Buckley BA ’44 in memory of their parents, this is awarded to an outstanding junior in mechanical engineering. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year can be found here.

R.K.M. “Bob” Dickson Prize

Created by H. deForest Ralph Jr. BA ’55, ChE ’56 in memory of his roommate Bob Dickson ’55, this award recognizes an engineering student whose work benefits society. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year can be found here.

Hershel M. Rich Outstanding Invention Award

Created in honor of Hershel Rich EE ’45, ME ’47, this award recognizes the best engineering invention.  Applications for this award can be downloaded here. Applications are due Friday, February 28, 2014.

James S. Waters Creativity Award

Created by an anonymous donor in honor of Professor James Waters EE ’17, this award recognizes an engineering undergraduate for creative independent work. Applications for this award can be downloaded hereApplications are due Friday, February 28, 2014.

Ralph Budd Medal

1935 Commencement speaker Ralph Budd, a civil engineer and railroad executive, donated his honorarium to Rice for the benefit of students. This award recognizes an outstanding student thesis. Applications for this award can be downloaded hereApplications are due Friday, February 28, 2014.

Alan Chapman Award

Created by Susanne BA ’62 and Mel ME ’61 Glasscock in honor of Professor and Dean Alan Chapman ME ’45, this award recognizes an outstanding senior in mechanical engineering.

Thomas Michael Panos Family Award

created by siblings Michael ME ’52, ’53 and Effie Panos, this award recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in mechanical engineering.

Harrianna Butler Siebenhausen Award

Created by C. H. Siebenhausen ME ’50 in honor of his wife Harrianna, this award recognizes a married engineering student. Applications for this award can be downloaded hereApplications are due Friday, February 28, 2014.

Franz R. and Frances Brotzen Achievement Award

Created by David ME ’58, ’63, PhD ’68 and Patricia Davidson in honor of Professor and Dean Franz Brotzen and his wife Frances, this award recognizes a mechanical engineering and materials science student who has shown exceptional involvement with the university.

Scholarships at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston

Through a long-standing partnership, REA provides alumni volunteers who serve as judges and scholarship interviewers at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston and selects two high school students to receive $5000 scholarships to Rice. The scholarship winners are also invited to be recognized at the School of Engineering End-of-Year Picnic, hosted by REA. For further details, or to serve as an REA judge and help select the winners of the Rice scholarships, please visit our Education & Outreach page.