The Builders Award

Established by the Association of Rice Alumni in 2005, the Builders Award honors young alumni who have made outstanding contributions to Rice since graduation. Past winners include notable regional alumni leaders, Annual Fund volunteers, affinity group trailblazers and other young alumni who are committed to supporting Rice and its community of students and alumni through their dedication of time, talent and energy. We invite you to recognize young alumni who are building a better future for the university by nominating candidates for the award.

Nominations for the 2023 Builders Awards are now open! Nominate a deserving Owl from the Classes of 2012-22 (undergraduate or graduate) by Sunday, Feb. 5. If you have any questions regarding the nominations process, please contact April Cole, Director of Alumni Programs at 713-348-6954.

Nominate a deserving Owl


2022 Builders Award winners
2022 Builders Award winners Hashim Q. Zaidi '11 and Justin Allen '12 at the Laureates Awards ceremony.

Previous Builders Award winners include notable regional alumni leaders, Annual Fund volunteers, affinity group trailblazers and other young alumni who have made outstanding contributions to Rice since graduation.

Meet the past awardees.


2023 Builders Selection Committee

Bryan Guido Hassin '01
Dr. Robert Lundin '00
David Mansouri '07
Ricky Mercado '10
Sarika Tyagi '11
April Cole, Director of Alumni Programs