Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Hilda and Hershel Rich Family Endowment for Student Community Service


The purpose of the Hilda and Hershel Rich Endowment is to support student leadership development with a societal impact, including both individual and group activities, through volunteerism, internships, research projects, and other relevant activities. Successful proposals will engage the Houston community, the Rice University campus community, and foster leadership and creativity among Rice students.

In addition to the Rich Family Endowment goals, proposals should align with the mission of the Center for Civic Leadership, which is “to enable students to understand the complexity of societal issues, their roles as active members of society, and the mechanism for achieving equitable and inclusive communities.” Applicants should demonstrate that they are approaching their project from an informed and ethically sound position. In order to ensure the quality of projects receiving grants, the CCL will support recipients throughout project implementation.


  • Returning students (undergraduate and graduate) may apply for funding in any amount needed for the scope of the project. There are no monetary limits for requests; recent grants have been awarded $300-$15,000. The budget should be appropriate to the scale and impact of the project.
  • Graduating seniors can apply for post-graduate support up to $5,000 for a summer project that aligns with the purpose of the Endowment. Funding for basic lodging, meals, and transportation costs can be included in the project budget. However, the Endowment does not fund wages or stipends.
  • Faculty and staff may apply for funding as well. However, they must demonstrate that student ownership and innovation from the conceptualization to the implementation of the project. Student leaders will be required to attend the developmental workshops hosted by the CCL.
  • Previously funded recipients can reapply for funding only if they demonstrate the rationale for additional need as well as the growth or added capacity to the project throughout the application.

Funding & Expenses

While there is no maximum amount for which to apply, prior grants have ranged from $300 to $15,000. The budget should be appropriate to the scale and impact of the project.

Allowable expenses: basic lodging, transportation, meals, and supplies.

Excluded expenses: wages, technology readily available on campus, participation fees for domestic or international programs in community service or research.

Application Deadlines:

Student applications are due Sunday, October 27th at 11:59pm 

Student Interviews will be conducted Tuesday, October 29th

Faculty/Staff applications are due Friday, November 15th at 11:59pm

Rich Info Session

2019-2020 Application