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Rise Program

Offered by Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Feb 20, 2024
Multiple awards worth

Varies

Grade level

High School Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

January 2025

Scholarship Overview

Are you a 15-17-year-old with a passion project that will help your community? If so, the Rise Program may be a great opportunity for you! The Rise Program is a unique opportunity for young students to earn funding for such passion projects, scholarships for higher education, mentorship, and access to career development opportunities. To apply, interested students must submit essay or video responses to two questions in addition to their project design and goals, and complete short logic games/assessments. Lastly, applicants must “peer review” three other applicants’ submissions to be considered for the program. If you’re a passionate 15-17-year-old looking for help funding a project and for financial assistance for college, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

About Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative of Eric and Wendy Schmidt. They are working to build a network of the sharpest minds on Earth — helping them to solve hard problems in science and society by connecting them across fields, bringing multiple types of capital to bear, and applying modern tools and technology thoughtfully.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

High School Students

Miscellaneous

Applicants must be between 15 and 17 years old.

Application information

To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit either the essay or video option below, in addition to their project design and goals. Lastly, applicants must complete short logic games/assessments. Lastly, applicants must "peer review" three other applicants' submissions to be considered for the program.

250-1,600-character responses

1-5-minute video responses

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust at [email protected].

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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