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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. In 2019, Eric and Wendy Schmidt made a $1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support global talent. Rise—a partnership between Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust—is the anchor program of that commitment.
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.