Applications Now Open for the 2023 Rise Global Challenge

Winners of the 2023 Rise Global Challenge Will Join Seven Past Winners From Kenya and 200 Winners Worldwide To Receive Access to a Lifetime of Benefits

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James Nyaga Ngatia beneficiary of the Rise Program

James Nyaga Ngatia beneficiary of the Rise Program. James is working to create an app called iGuide, which aims to eradicate pornography.

Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, has announced the opening of applications for the 2023 Rise Global Challenge with the launch of ‘Rise To’ campaign.

The applications are open to young people ages 15 to 17years (as of July 1, 2023).

The flagship program of Schmidt Futures and the anchor of a broader $1 billion philanthropic commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Rise finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others.

The program is designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades.

Since its inception, Rise has welcomed more than 150,000 people from over 170 countries to its community and selected 200 Winners from 69 countries.

“Eric and I have been impressed by the optimism, initiative and curiosity of the young people in the growing Rise community,” said Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures and president of the Schmidt Family Foundation.

“We are excited to continue expanding this network with the 2023 cohort and can’t wait to see what these talented teens can accomplish when they work together in service for others.”

“We look for hidden brilliance, in whatever form it takes, wherever it is in the world,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures.

How to Apply?

The online applications are open on the Rise website until January 25, 2023, at 16:59 GMT.

For applicants without access to mobile technology, Rise works with its partners on the ground to offer alternative pathways through paper applications.

Rise provides applicants with multiple opportunities during the application process to showcase their potential through videos, projects, and group interviews.

The application allows applicants to select projects most suited to their interests, abilities, and time availability.

The Rise 2023 Challenge has three stages:

Submission: Applicants introduce themselves through videos, create an individual project that demonstrates their talents and benefits their communities, and peer review other applicants’ projects, among other activities.

Interview: Rise selects up to 500 Finalists to advance to “Finalist Days,” where they demonstrate their motivations, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork skills in an innovative interview format.

Global Winner Selection: From the Finalists, Rise selects 100 Global Winners to receive a lifetime of benefits as they work to serve others.

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IK is a Masinde Muliro University graduate. His interests are in news and analysis on women's rights, politics, technology, law, and global affairs.

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