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 typically held in April each year.
The deadline for all student awards applications is March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (CT). For any questions, please email the REA Student Grants & Awards Committee Chairs at email@example.com.
Some of the Student Scholarship Awards are limited to juniors and seniors. Seniors are students who reasonably expect to graduate within the academic year 2021-2022. Juniors are students who reasonably expect to graduate within the academic year 2022-2023.
REA provides Merit Awards to juniors and seniors in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. These $1,000 awards are given to at least one junior and at least one senior in each department, but only if Merit Award applications are submitted. Also, for the entire School of Engineering, at least one Outstanding Student and at least one Distinguished Student are selected from the pool of Merit Award applicants; the winners receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. 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
This $2,500 award is given to undergraduate engineering students who have shown outstanding leadership at Rice. Apply for the Leadership Excellence Award here.
Research Excellence Award
This $2,500 award is given to undergraduate engineering students who have performed outstanding academic research at Rice. Apply for the Research Excellence Award here.
International Service Award
This $2,500 award is given to undergraduate engineering students who have distinguished themselves 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.
Graduate Student Travel Grant Program
Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) has established a graduate student travel 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Learn more about the Alumni Awards, past recipients or how to nominate an alumnus/a for the next slate of honorees.
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
To learn more about the 2019 recipients, visit engineering.rice.edu.
2018 Rice Engineering Alumni Awards Honorees
To learn more about the 2018 recipients, visit engineering.rice.edu.