Kenyan Teens Stand A Chance To Be Included In Global Tech & Innovation In ‘Rise’ Challenge
Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that brings talented people together to solve hard problems in science and society in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, an international education charity programme, are now taking applications for 2023 Rise Global Challenge for youth aged 15 to 17 Years as of July 1st, 2023.
The organization is in partnership with Kenya’s Akili Dada among other global entities, to scour the globe to find brilliant young people who are passionate about building a better world to offer alternative pathways through paper applications.
“Akili Dada is thrilled to continue growing our partnership with Rise in Kenya as we work together to nurture the next generation of young and innovative leaders looking to build a better world,” said Diana Njuguna, Head of Programs for Akili Dada.
How to Apply; 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 then 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. All Rise Global Winners receive the following benefits upon selection:
Residential Summit: A fully funded, three-week residential summit with other members of the Rise Global Winner cohort.
Global Winner Network: Access to the Rise Global Winners network to connect on common interests, make service commitments, launch enterprises, and collaborate.
Counseling and Career Support: Advice and support for applying to university and selecting a career
Programming: Access to specialized programs, courses, and other opportunities through Rise partners.
Higher Education Scholarships: A four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need and where not already covered by financial aid.
Technology: A technology package, such as a laptop or tablet, to be determined annually.
Additional benefits include;
Partner Network: Matching to programs, secondary school scholarships, internships, and other benefits from partners who are part of the Rise network.
Funding Opportunities: Apply for funding to experiment with innovative ideas to address major problems in local communities or around the world—ranging from seed money to start a social enterprise to a grant for a non-profit.
Education Support: Apply for scholarship funds for a graduate degree.
“We look for hidden brilliance, in whatever form it takes, wherever it is in the world,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. “There are so many extraordinary people who could do so much more to make the world better if they only could find opportunity — and each other. We hope to make the longest bet we can imagine on exceptional talent with perseverance, integrity, and care for others.”
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, with Kenya getting seven in the last two years.