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Dean’s Fund for Engineering Excellence

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Gifts of all size play an essential role at Rice Engineering. Every gift makes a difference. Most gifts to Rice and 88% to Rice Engineering are less than $1,000. But together they add up to millions for student awards, academics, research and programs so we can educate leaders and tackle grand challenges.

Alumni Participation Counts. Publications like U.S. News and World Report consider undergraduate alumni participation when determining Rice’s national college ranking each year. These rankings heavily influence how third parties view Rice and affect the university's ability to secure grants from corporations and other organizations.

Flexible gifts inspire creativity and innovation. The majority of gifts to Rice Engineering are endowed funds and are directed toward a particular department or program. Annual, expendable gifts provide vital flexibility.

Leverage your passion with ours and give now to The Dean’s Excellence Fund

If you are bothered by the grand challenges in global health, climate change, population growth and urban density, and running and securing computational infrastructure, partner with Rice engineers to champion solutions that transform the world we imagine into the world of today. You can help.

Rest assured that contributions made to the Dean’s Excellence Fund are used in the best way possible to secure the school’s strategic vision and support creative engineering solutions. These funds enable the dean to direct donations to areas of highest priority, supporting outstanding faculty and students, and fostering responsibility for future engineers to achieve excellence. For more information, please contact


The 24-Hour Challenge is Rice University’s annual day of giving! On April 4, 2023, the Rice community will unite once again for a shared purpose — to put their support behind the extraordinary young Owls who strive for excellence, the teachers who inspire and one brilliant community that seeks to build a better world. Gifts can be directed to a school, residential college, research initiative, student club or any area on campus that means the most to you.


To bolster our effort, David Courtwright Ph.D. ’79 and Shelby Miller, former Rice art librarian, have generously offered a supporting challenge: When 4,400 donors make a gift of any size on April 4, they will donate $300,000 toward need-based scholarships.

Thanks To Our Recent Donors!