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About the Program

Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust are partnering to create Rise, a network of exceptional young people committed to working together for the public good. Rise will select and support a small group of extraordinary young people aged 15-17 and will encourage them to help others throughout their lives. The program will focus on young people around the world who need an additional boost to enable them to better serve others.

Beginning in 2020, Rise will invite young people to apply through tech-enabled platform that will also connect participants to online learning and other resources. The first annual competition for Rise in 2020 will begin to build a global community of students, teachers, and others—including a larger group of finalists worldwide and ultimately at least 100 extraordinary young people who show the potential to have a unique impact on their communities with more connection and support. Those young people who advance through the final stages of the competition will be invited to attend a residential fellowship before their final year of high school that will support them as they consider how to serve others, how to become leaders, and how to transition to higher education and careers. Other opportunities will include the potential to receive scholarship-style funding for education, mentorship and other assistance tailored to their specific needs and interests, and a variety of career services as part of the Rise network.

To encourage service, Rise will invite its community members to make service commitments together and develop a platform to match network members with common interests. In addition, the network plans to support non-profits or other social enterprises that Rise network members drive together to serve others.  Finalists and others in the Rise network will have the opportunity to compete for as-needed funding to launch or scale their ventures; funds are intended to be designated for these purposes in a total pooled amount equal to at least $5 million per year of the program.

Over the coming months, Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust will announce more details about the Rise program and its partners — as well as avenues for teachers, students, service organizations, and other organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are interested in contributing to the program to join and get involved.

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Core Partners

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together. Founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Schmidt Futures brings talent together into networks, bets on the most promising ideas through competition, and equips people to scale through partners and thoughtful application of modern tools.


The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards providing transformative educational opportunities. Established in 1903, they are the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. Nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, education, the arts, NGOs, commerce, research and other sectors. They are well known advocates for expanded social justice, and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine.