REA Grants & Awards


Student Scholarship Awards

Each year Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) provides scholarships to outstanding students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. All scholarships are awarded in the spring, typically with over $100,000 in awards and scholarships given. The annual Student Awards Picnic is scheduled for April 17, 2021, location to be determined.

We invite you to explore last year's list of 2020 student award recipients!

The deadline for all student awards applications is March 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (CT). For any questions, please email the REA Student Grants & Awards Committee Chairs at reascholarships@gmail.com.


Merit Awards

REA provides Merit Awards to outstanding juniors and seniors in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Apply for a Merit Award here.


Leadership, Service and Research Awards

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 Award

Given to undergraduate engineering students who have shown outstanding leadership at Rice. Apply for the Leadership Excellence Award here.


Research Excellence Award

Given to an undergraduate engineering student who has performed outstanding academic research at Rice. Apply for the Research Excellence Award here.


International Service Award

Given to an undergraduate engineering student who has distinguished himself or herself through international service. Apply for the International Service Award here.


Buckley Sartwelle Scholarship

Created by Jack Boyd Buckley CE ’48 and Helen Sartwelle Buckley BA ’44 in memory of their parents, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior in mechanical engineering in the amount of $12,000. Apply for the Buckley Sartwelle Scholarship 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 and is in the amount of $1,500. Apply for the R.K.M. "Bob" Dickson Prize here.


Student Project Grant Program

Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) has established a grant program to support outstanding student-led engineering initiatives at Rice. The focus of this program is to provide financial support to projects, activities and initiatives which are not directly related to class work. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply to the program. Grant funding must be used to support a specific activity and may not be used to supplement a general operating fund for an organization or group.

Student-led projects/activities/initiatives will be selected for funding based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need for financial support

  • Educational impact for involved students

  • Societal impact of proposed project/activity

  • Feasibility of project/activity

The minimum grant amount is $500 and the maximum grant amount is $2,500. The maximum grant amount can be increased to $5,000 under special circumstances. Grant winners will be required to provide a follow up report and/or 10 minute presentation at an REA event, such as at the Winter Social or at the REA Homecoming event, upon completion of the project. In addition, grant winners will be recognized at the annual REA Student Awards Picnic in April.

Download the Student Project Grant application requirements.


Graduate Student Grant Program

Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) has established a graduate student grant program. The focus of this program is to support engineering graduate students and their research work. The key requirement for receiving the grant is that the graduate student is performing research with the intent of presenting a paper or a poster at a future conference/meeting. Grant funding may not be used to supplement a general operating fund for the research group.

The grant request will be selected for funding based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need for financial support

  • Educational and professional impact for involved graduate students

The maximum grant amount is $1,500, however historically most winners have received partial grants against their total ask. The REA will award the grants during the fall and spring grant cycles. Grant winners will be required to provide a follow up report and/or 10 minute presentation at an REA event, such as at the Winter Social or at the REA Homecoming event, after attending the conference/meeting. In addition, grant winners will be recognized at the annual REA Student Awards Picnic in April.

For questions or to submit an application for the REA Graduate Student Grant Program, contact Rice Engineering Alumni Grants and Awards Chair at reascholarships@gmail.com.

Download the Graduate Student Grant application requirements.


Alumni Honors

Each year, the George R. Brown School of Engineering and the REA wish to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and through service to their communities and we are currently accepting nominations for our 2020 slate of honorees. To nominate, please complete this online nomination form no later than March 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

  • Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
    This award is the highest honor bestowed by the George R. Brown School of Engineering and the REA. Recipients of this prestigious award are selected based on a lifetime of professional achievements, leadership and contributions made professionally and to society at large.

  • Distinguished Service Medal
    The Distinguished Service Medal, established in 2012, recognizes Rice engineering alumni for extraordinary service to the School of Engineering and its alumni community. The medal is intended to recognize exceptionally meritorious service of a visionary, foundational, transformative or sustaining character, reflecting an unusually deep dedication to, or uncommon generosity of time or means in support of, the Rice engineering community.

  • Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award
    This award was first presented by the REA in 1974, with George R. Brown ’20 being the initial recipient. It recognizes Rice engineering alumni for outstanding professional achievement and service to society.

  • Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award
    In 1996, the REA established this award and gave the first to William H. White ’86. This award recognizes the achievements of Rice engineering alumni under the age of 40.

  • Dean's Appreciation Award
    This award was given for the first time in 2018. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the School of Engineering by non-engineering alumni and/or organizations.


2019 Rice Engineering Alumni Awards Honorees

2019 Rice Engineering Alumni Awards Honorees

To learn more about the 2019 recipients, visit engineering.rice.edu.


2018 Rice Engineering Alumni Awards Honorees

2018 Rice Engineering Alumni Awards Honorees