The mission of the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) is two-fold. First, we will provide assistance to veterans transitioning from military service to student life at Rice University. Second, we will uphold our commitment to service by partnering with other student organizations, Rice Alumni, and the Houston business community to participate and sponsor in philanthropic events that benefit charitable veteran and military organizations.

  1. Provide transition support, leadership guidance, resume advice, and networking opportunities to all veterans attending Rice University.
  2. Raise money for charitable veteran and military service organizations.
  3. Provide an opportunity for all Rice students to network with veterans in business and to participate in fund raising efforts that support charitable veteran organizations.
  4. Build a strong academic, professional, and personal support network amongst Rice alumni and the veteran community at Rice University.

Rice Veterans Leadership Series

The Rice Veteran Leadership Series is an annual event organized by VIBA honoring a nationally known veteran. This event features veterans who have excelled in business, the arts and public service. Past speakers have included former Governor and first Secretary of Homeland Defense Tom Ridge, former Heisman Trophy Winner and CEO Pete Dawkins, former Commandant of the Marine Corps James Conway and other distinguished veterans. The event is also intended to raise awareness of the growing number of VIBA students on scholarship at the Jones Graduate School of Business.

VIBA with General James Conway, USMC (Ret.) at the Fall 2014 Event
VIBA with General James Conway, USMC (Ret.) at the Fall 2014 Event

Military Scholars Program

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is proud to announce the launch of the Military Scholars Program. This program is the result of a group of generous community members who wanted to acknowledge, honor, and support those who proudly serve our country.

The Military Scholars Program will provide scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and expected living expenses for selected applicants who wish to pursue their educational dream of obtaining the Rice MBA degree. For more information on applying to the program, visit

We are grateful for those of you who serve in the military and encourage you to consider this opportunity. For more information about Rice MBA students with a background in the military, please visit

If you have questions about the Military Scholars Program, please contact

All veterans and active duty military applying to the Full Time Rice MBA Program by January 4, 2016 will be considered.