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Randolph’s Innovative Student Experience (RISE) Program

Receive grant money to fund your own research, scholarly or creative pursuits.

You are an original. You have personal questions that drive your passions and you have a unique way to contribute to the world.

We created Randolph’s Innovative Student Experience (RISE) Program to give you the opportunity to pursue your unique passions. Every Randolph College sophomore, junior or senior can apply to receive a grant of $2,000 for research, creative work, experiential learning, and other scholarly pursuits.

In the past, students have used the RISE award to travel to singing competitions, purchase cancer cells for biological research, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands to study water samples, research antioxidants in fresh fruit, and study abroad. For many students, such as Josie Hatley ’18, this grant provides more than just money—it gives them an invaluable experience.

Josie Hatley ’18

Josie Hatley '18Josie is an ambitious art history and biology major. She used her RISE grant to spend a summer in rural India with The Comprehensive Rural Health Project studying sustainable community development and health services in local villages. Her courses did not just take place in a classroom but also in the form of visiting other small villages and getting involved with other health workers. With aspirations of earning a master’s degree in public health and becoming a pediatrician, the experience Josie gained from this practicum expanded not only her knowledge of public health but also gender studies and religious studies—all values of a liberal arts education.

Tia Jones ’17

Tia Jones ’17Tia Jones ’17, recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship and a Randolph College Admissions Gold Key Guide, always knew she was destined for a career in education. She is the first in her family to attend college. Tia is involved in many activities including the Randolph College Heritage Ensemble and the Davenport Leadership Program. Tia will continue to follow her dreams of becoming an educator by joining the Randolph College Master of Arts in Teaching program in the fall.

Rachel Carder used her RISE grant to present her original research on dance in art at a national conference. > > >

How will YOU use a RISE grant?

You can apply to use your RISE grant for projects beginning your sophomore year through your first semester as a senior. If you transfer to Randolph, you must wait one semester before applying for a RISE grant.

Not sure what to do with your RISE grant? Talk with your faculty advisor and other professors to brainstorm ways that the RISE grant can enhance your education. Or visit the Center for Student Research (Main 137) to discuss your ideas.

RISE Grant Application


The RISE Program is part of the Center for Student Research.

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