SOAR Travel Grant
Each fall, the Rice University Office of Admission hosts a selected number of rising high school seniors who are Seeking Opportunities At Rice (SOAR). The SOAR travel grant will cover travel costs associated with attending Explore Rice, our signature open house program for high school seniors.
Explore Rice participants will interact with Rice students, faculty and staff while learning about our award-winning academic experience. Session topics will include academic and research opportunities, student life and the residential college system, and information on financial Aid.
SOAR travel grant recipients will enjoy an extended stay at Rice, from Saturday, September 21 through Monday, September 23 which will include special programming and the opportunity to attend classes. SOAR grants cover travel, on-campus dining and a two-night stay in a Residential College with a Rice student host.
All interested rising high school seniors who will be 17 years old on or before September 21, 2019 (includes: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented students who have been granted DACA status or undocumented students who do not hold DACA status but are long-term residents in the U.S. and who graduated from a U.S. High School) are welcome to apply for the SOAR Travel Grant to attend Explore Rice. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from families with limited financial resources who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus.
To apply, students must:
Complete a SOAR Application
Have taken the ACT/SAT and have their scores at hand to self-report this information on the application
Upload an Unofficial Transcript (includes all courses taken from 9th-11th grades)
Upload a Recommendation Letter (written on their behalf by a counselor, teacher, or Community Based Organization Director)
Upload a Biographical Essay
The deadline for the 2019 SOAR travel grant to attend Explore Rice has passed. Applications were due Monday, Aug. 5.