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rise program scholarship


The Scholarship Fund was created thanks to the financial support of the Caltech Y Tom M. Apostol Fund for Sciencce and Math Outreach to graduating high school seniors participating in the Rise Program.  Scholarship amounts range from $500-$1000 per student.  Applications open annually in March. 


  • Be a high school senior on track for graduation

  • Attending a 2 or 4-year college/university in the Fall

  • Be a current or former Rise student (joined the Rise Program during junior year or earlier)

selection process  

  • Completed applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee

  • If you are selected, the scholarship committee will notify the student in the month of May 2019 

  • Scholarship checks will be awarded upon verification of enrollment at an accredited college or university for the 2019-2020 academic year. 



Application process 

  • Submit a current resume detailing education, work exerpeince (if applicable), achievements, extracurricular activities, and community service/involvement. 

  • Submit a 500-700 word essay answering the following question: 

    • How has the Rise Program made a difference in your life? ​

    • Essay response must be typed, 12-point font size in Arial or Times New Roman and double spaced 

  • If awarded a scholarship, how do you plan to use the funding? Include a 100 word or less response at the end of your essay. 

  • At the beginning of your essay include the following information:

    • Name ​

    • Current High School 

    • When did you join the Rise Program (Month/Year)?

    • Name of College/University you plan to attend in the Fall of 2019 

  • Email essays, resume and contact information to by deadline. 

Past Awardees

Read about our inaugural scholarship recipients and their experience as Rise students here. 


Contact the Rise Program at or 626 395 6163 if you have any questions. 

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