Charles Rice Fellowship to Send Ursinus Grads Abroad

Applications for the Charles Rice Postgraduate Research Fellowship are due March 1.

Ursinus students and young alumni will have the opportunity to pursue their passions globally through the Charles Rice Postgraduate Research Fellowship.

Two fellowships of $15,000 will be awarded to students or alumni who seek to research and explore the intersectionality of religion and social justice with the aim to create a publishable manuscript at the end of their fellowship year. It is open to all current graduating seniors and members of the Ursinus classes of 2014-17. The fellowship is funded through a grant from the Harold C. Smith Foundation.

The late Rev. Charles Rice, Ursinus’s longtime chaplain, was committed to helping Ursinus students discover their passions and deepen their faith lives by challenging them to think critically about social injustice. He was particularly interested in connecting graduating students to programs like the Watson Fellowship and the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Last August, the Harold C. Smith Foundation awarded Ursinus a $150,000 grant to fund Ursinus Christian Studies and Service, a pilot program aimed at supporting the religious and spiritual development of students through experiential learning.

The late Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith ’55, who passed away in March 2017, was a longtime member of the Ursinus Board of Trustees and a champion of Ursinus College.

Rev. Rice became chaplain of Ursinus in 1997 and served the pastoral needs of the college community, oversaw the chaplaincy program and advised and counseled students. He passed away in April 2017. –By Ed Moorhouse