Owl Club

Athletic Endowments

Athletic Scholarships
Endowed athletic scholarships exist in perpetuity and allow generations of student-athletes to pursue a Rice education. They are lasting investments in talented student-athletes and their lives between the hedges and beyond.

An endowed athletic scholarship can be created and named with a minimum gift of $100,000 or more. Athletic scholarships can be named in honor or memory of a loved one, and gifted in full or pledged over a five-year period. Endowed athletic scholarships are assigned to specific varsity student-athletes, and the donors and recipients often develop meaningful friendships that last long after the student has left Rice.

In addition to creating new athletic scholarship endowments, opportunities to provide matching scholarship funds also exist. Matching funds provide a powerful incentive for other donors to contribute by doubling the impact of their generosity.

Head Coaching Endowments
Rice Athletics has a storied tradition of athletic and academic excellence, which attracts experienced and talented coaches who are among the best in their respective fields. These coaches play a tremendous role in the education of our student-athletes, teaching them skills and life lessons that often times can only be learned during the course of athletic competition. In an increasingly competitive Division-I marketplace, retaining and attracting talented coaches of the highest caliber has become more and more challenging. Coaching endowments serve as an attractive recruiting tool for prospective coaching candidates, and a resource for retaining successful coaches.

Program Endowments
A program endowment is an endowed fund established to meet a specific programmatic need of a varsity sport in perpetuity. Program endowments produce a permanent stream of income for a defined purpose and allow the sports they benefit to rely less on annual budgetary support from the Owl Club and athletic department.

For more information on athletic endowments, please contact Chief Development Officer Josh Thiel at jjt4@rice.edu or 713.348.3561, or Associate AD for Development Brian Mann at bmann@rice.edu or 713.348.6922.