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Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust Open Call for Brilliant Kenyan Teens to Join the Global Rise Community

Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust Open Call for Brilliant Kenyan Teens to Join the Global Rise Community

Winners of the 2023 Rise Global Challenge Will Join Seven Past Winners from Kenya and 200 Winners Worldwide To Receive Access to a Lifetime of Benefits

Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that brings talented people together to solve hard problems in science and society in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, an international education charity programme, has announced the opening of applications for the 2023 Rise Global Challenge for young people aged between 15 to 17years (as of July 1st, 2023).

Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust Open Call for Brilliant Kenyan Teens to Join the Global Rise Community

The online applications are open on the Rise website and will be available until January 25, 2023, at 16:59 GMT. Rise provides applicants with multiple opportunities during the application process to showcase their potential through videos, projects, and group interviews. The application allows applicants to select projects most suited to their interests, abilities, and time availability.

For applicants without access to mobile technology, Rise will work with its over 30 global organizations, including NBA Africa, the HALI Access Network, KenSAP, and Akili Dada in Kenya, to scour the globe to find brilliant young people who are passionate about building a better world to offer alternative pathways through paper applications.

“Akili Dada is thrilled to continue growing our partnership with Rise in Kenya as we work together to nurture the next generation of young and innovative leaders looking to build a better world,” said Diana Njuguna, Head of Programs for Akili Dada.

How to ApplyThe Rise 2023 Challenge has three stages: 

  • Submission:Applicants introduce themselves through videos, create an individual project that demonstrates their talents and benefits their communities, and peer review other applicants’ projects, among other activities.
  • Interview:Rise then selects up to 500 Finalists to advance to “Finalist Days,” where they demonstrate their motivations, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork skills in an innovative interview format.
  • Global Winner Selection: From the Finalists, Rise selects 100 Global Winners to receive a lifetime of benefits as they work to serve others.
  • Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust Open Call for Brilliant Kenyan Teens to Join the Global Rise Community

All Rise Global Winners receive the following benefits upon selection: 

  • Residential Summit: A fully funded, three-week residential summit with other members of the Rise Global Winner cohort.
  • Global Winner Network: Access to the Rise Global Winners network to connect on common interests, make service commitments, launch enterprises, and collaborate.
  • Counselling and Career Support: Advice and support for applying to university and selecting a career
  • Programming: Access to specialized programs, courses, and other opportunities through Rise partners.
  • Higher Education Scholarships: A four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need and where not already covered by financial aid.
  • Technology: A technology package, such as a laptop or tablet, to be determined annually.
Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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