Exceptional talent drives the pace and scale of global progress. However the identification and support of that talent is often ad hoc and fragmented across countries, educational institutions, and industries. As a result, some of the world’s most talented people never realise their potential for global impact, instead they go undiscovered, are inefficiently matched to development opportunities, or are limited in their opportunity to work in the service of others.
Rise—an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust - is our newest partnership program and will build a network of exceptional young people who are committed to helping others throughout their lives.
The program is designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support which includes scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come.
Rise cohort members, who apply when they are between the ages of 15 and 17, are eligible for a wide range of lifelong support. They 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. Participants may also receive scholarships to continue their education, mentorship and other assistance tailored to their specific needs and interests, and a variety of career services as part of the Rise network.