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About Rise

Connecting talented young people and supporting them for life as they build a better world

COVID-19. Climate change. Racial justice. Gender equality. The future of work.

The world’s most important problems will be solved by tomorrow’s leaders.

Yet too often, the most talented people never realize their full potential for global impact.

Rise is on a mission to change that.

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15-17 year olds from around the world

If you are between the ages of 15 and 17, from any country, with any background, you can apply to be part of the first-ever Rise cohort.

Whether you’re interested in science, art, community organizing, or any other topic, we want to hear from you.

Rise Community

Everyone who applies joins the Rise global community. You’ll have access to a network of peers, learning resources, and additional opportunities from Rise partners around the world.

During the application process, you will create an individual project and build professional and personal skills.

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Rise Finalists 

Up to 500 Rise finalists per year—those applicants who advance to the interview stage of the application—will receive USD 1,000 in benefits to be used toward education, and the opportunity to apply periodically for funding to experiment with innovative ideas to address major problems in their communities or around the world.

Rise Global Winners

100 Rise Global Winners will receive a lifetime of individualized support as they use their talents to build a better world.

Rise benefits could exceed USD 500,000 for every Global Winner over the course of their lifetime, depending on need, making this one of the largest scholarship programs—if not the largest—in the world. 

Every Rise Global Winner will be eligible for the following benefits:

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Education Support

  • A four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need where not already covered by financial aid.  
  • Opportunity to apply for scholarship funds for a graduate degree. 
  • A technology and data package to support educational and service endeavors, to be received upon joining Rise.
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Residential Summit

  • Invitation to attend a fully-funded, three-four week residential summit with other members of the Rise Global Winner cohort—to be held in a rotating location globally for each new cohort—as well as to join network events in subsequent years.
  • (Due to COVID-19, the timing and location of the summit are subject to safety concerns.)
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Global Winner Network

  • Access to specialized programs, courses, and fellowship opportunities through Rise partners. 
  • Access to an online community to meet other Rise Global Winners across cohorts, to connect on common interests, make service commitments, launch enterprises, and collaborate together.
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Mentorship and Career Services

  • Access to specialized career services and an exclusive listing of internship and job opportunities. 
  • Opportunity to be paired with a mentor through Rise partners.
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Funding Opportunities

  • Opportunity to apply annually for funding, with no predetermined limits, to experiment with innovative ideas to address major problems in local communities or around the world. This could range from supporting a non-profit to starting a social enterprise.
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Early Access

  • First to know about scholarships, internships, and other opportunities through Rise partner universities and organizations.