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Institutional Scholarships

The University of Houston-Downtown strives to recognize and reward outstanding academic achievement of prospective and continuing students.


Scholarship awards will be awarded as long as funds are available. UHD scholarships are credited toward your tuition and fee bill. If you are awarded funds in excess of your tuition and fee bill, the UHD Student Accounting Office will issue a credit balance on your UHD HigherOne Card.


FRESHMAN:

Completion of your Admissions application and formal acceptance as a University of Houston-Downtown student is required to be considered for a UHD Freshman Scholarship. A separate scholarship application is not available or required, however you must meet the following requirements to be considered for this scholarship opportunity:

  • Apply for admission to the university one semester prior to May graduation; completion of the admissions process in December is a highly recommended. If you graduate in December the same deadlines apply for consideration for this scholarship. (The freshman scholarship will be awarded the next academic year; Fall/Spring.) Please note that if you chose to enroll in college before the Fall semester following your graduation from high school, all college credits and grades will be considered towards your scholarship eligibility status.
  • High school transcripts and college dual credit transcripts must be received by January 10th to allow time for processing; transcripts must be posted in our Student Record System on or before January 31st to be considered. Early high school transcripts are based on your academic progress through December. Please keep in mind that your official transcript(s) should be submitted to the Admissions Office, once they become available.
  • Awards are based on students' high school academic record (2.7 GPA or higher - based on a 4 point scale) on file in our Student Record System; the Scholarship Committee for Future Students will make selections based on students' academic standing.
  • The approved freshman scholarship candidates will be notified by mail and acceptance of your agreement must be submitted by the deadline indicated on your contract.
  • May be renewable up to 8 semesters - Fall and Spring awards, if renewable criteria are met each semester. Your UHD GPA will be reviewed at the end of each semester; if it drops below the minimum requirement your scholarship will be cancelled. Once award has been forfeited due to low UHD GPA (below 2.7) or because of enrollment status issues (12 or more college credit hours required), award cannot be recovered in the future.  Developmental coursework does not count towards the 12 college credit hours coursework requirement.
  • Candidates are not eligible to simultaneously receive another UHD Institutional Scholarship, such as a UHD Merit Transfer Scholarship or any other UHD renewable or non-renewable scholarship.  However, students may receive the Red Rose Scholarship and Departmental Scholarships in addition to the Freshman Scholarships listed in the section below.



NEW FRESHMAN STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS 2014/2015
Award
$1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
Lucia La Madrid Cain Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Minimum 2.7 high school GPA based on a 4 point scale
  • Must be a New Freshman entering for the Fall 2014 term
  • Graduated from high school within last two years
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours each semester
  • Transcript submission required for Admission acceptance
  • May be renewable, if renewal criteria are met each semester.
Application No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
International (Southland) Paper Mills Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • Minimum 2.7 high school GPA based on a 4 point scale
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be a New Freshman entering for the Fall 2014 term
  • Graduated from high school within last two years
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours each semester
  • Transcript submission required for Admission acceptance
  • May be renewable, if renewal criteria are met each semester.
Application No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
Cullen Scholarship
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA based on a 4 point scale
  • Must be a New Freshman entering for the Fall 2014 term
  • Graduated from high school within last two years
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours each semester
  • Transcript submission required for Admission acceptance
  • May be renewable, if renewal criteria are met each semester.
Application No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
Cullinan Scholarship
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA based on a 4 point scale
  • Must be a New Freshman entering for the Fall 2014 term
  • Graduated from high school within last two years
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours each semester
  • Transcript submission required for Admission acceptance
  • May be renewable, if renewal criteria are met each semester.
Application No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
Hugh Roy Cullen Leadership Scholarship
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA based on a 4 point scale
  • Must be a New Freshman entering for the Fall 2014 term
  • Graduated from high school within last two years
  • Must enroll in 12 or UHD more college credit hours each semester
  • Transcript submission required for Admission acceptance
  • May be renewable, if renewal criteria are met each semester.
Application No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.


TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Completion of your Admissions application and formal acceptance as a University of Houston-Downtown student is required to be considered for a UHD Transfer Scholarship.

While a separate scholarship application is not required, you must meet the following requirements to be considered for the scholarship opportunity:

  • Completion of the admission process and formal acceptance as a UHD student before the end of January 31, 2014.
  • Must have earned a minimum of 45 transfer college credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0. The Deans Transfer scholarship requires additional college credit and a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • The most current college transcripts must be received by January 31, 2014 to allow time for processing; if the most current transcript is not on file, the GPA reflected in our student record system will be our method of selecting transfer candidates for consideration.
  • Candidates will be determined based on the Admissions information obtained in our student record system on or before January 31st. Therefore, an early decision to attend UHD is essential.
  • The Scholarship Committee will select candidates based on academic merit and only those students from our student record system will be considered.
  • The approved transfer scholarship candidates will be notified by mail after the selection process is complete. Enrollment status and completion of 12 or more college credit hours is required each semester, if not meet the scholarship cannot be awarded during the upcoming semester. This also is a requirement of receiving the Dean's renewable scholarship. The Dean's scholarship will not be awarded the second year if enrollment requirements are not met. Developmental coursework does not count towards the 12 college credit hours course requirement.
  • Candidates are not eligible to simultaneously receive another UHD Institutional Scholarship, such as a UHD Merit Transfer Scholarship or any other UHD renewable or non-renewable scholarship. However, students may receive the Red Rose Scholarship and Departmental Scholarships in addition to the Transfer Scholarships listed in the section below.


 

NEW TRANSFER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP 2014/2015
Award
$1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
Dr. W.I. Dykes Scholarship
  • Must have a cumulative GPA 3.0 from college/university - Submit official transcripts
  • Must be entering for Fall 2014 as a new transfer student and accepted through Office of Admissions
  • Must not have previously earned any credits at UHD.
  • Minimum of 45 transfer college/university credits.
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours (fall and spring semesters)
  • Resident of Harris County
  • Must demonstrate citizenship
  • Involved in student activities
  • Non-renewable; not eligible to compete for continuing student scholarships
Application Deadline No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

  • Must be entering Fall 2014 as a new transfer student and accepted through the Office of Admissions
  • Minimum of 45 transfer college/university credits-must be classified as a junior or senior
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from college/university - Submit official transcripts
  • Must not have previously earned any credits at UHD.
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours (fall and spring semesters)
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Non-renewable; not eligible to compete for continuing student scholarships
Application Deadline No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility

Autrey Scholarship

  • Must be entering Fall 2014 as a new transfer student and accepted through Office of Admissions
  • Student must be of good moral character
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 - Submit official transcripts
  • Must not have previously earned any credits at UHD.
  • Minimum of 45 transfer college/university credits.
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours (fall and spring semesters)
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Non-renewable; not eligible to compete for continuing student scholarships
Application Deadline No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.
Award $2000 per academic year - $1000 per semester
Eligibility

Deans Scholarship

  • Must be entering Fall 2014 as a transfer student and accepted through the Office of Admissions
  • Minimum of 45 transfer college/university credits
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 - Submit official transcripts
  • Must not have previously earned any credits at UHD
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours (fall and spring semester)
  • May be renewable up to 4 semesters - Fall and Spring awards, if renewable criteria are met each semester, not eligible to compete for continuing student scholarships
  • Renewal of awards is contingent upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and maintaining a 3.0 GPA at the end of each semester.
Application Deadline No Application – Deadline for completed Admission acceptance is January 31, 2014.

 

CONTINUING STUDENTS:

UHD Scholarship applications for continuing full-time and part-time students are not required.

  • Awards are based on students' academic record and hours earned. Selection is based on student grades posted at the end of the Fall semester preceding the upcoming academic year to be awarded.
  • The Scholarship Committee for Continuing Students will make selections based on the students' GPA standing as of January 31st.
  • In order to qualify for these scholarships you must have earned at least 45 credit hours from UHD and have earned no more than 85 cumulative college credit hours by the end of the Fall semester preceding the upcoming academic year.
  • May be renewable up to 1 semester – In order to receive the following Spring semester award all renewable criteria must be met. Your UHD GPA will be reviewed at the end of the Fall semester; if it drops below the minimum requirement your scholarship will be cancelled. Once award has been forfeited due to low UHD GPA (below 3.2) or because of enrollment status issues (12 or more credit hours required), award cannot be recovered in the future.
  • Candidates are not eligible to simultaneously receive another UHD Institutional Scholarship, such as a UHD Merit Transfer Scholarship or any other UHD renewable scholarship.  However, students may receive the Red Rose Scholarship and Departmental Scholarships in addition to any of the scholarships listed in the section below.


 

 

UHD FULL-TIME STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP 2014/2015
Award
$1500 per academic year - $750 per semester
Eligibility
Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Endowment Scholarship
  • Currently enrolled at UHD or last school is UHD
  • Have earned at least 45 UHD credit hours and no more than 85 cumulative credit hours
  • Merit based
  • Minimum 3.2 UHD GPA
  • Must enroll in 12 or more UHD college credit hours each semester
  • Non-renewable
Application No Application Required
(Determined by Fall GPA and Spring enrollment prior to the award year.)
UHD PART-TIME STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP 2014/2015
Award
$600 per academic year - $300 per semester
Eligibility
Boney Scholarship
  • Merit Based
  • Minimum 3.2 UHD GPA
  • Have earned 45 credit hours at UHD and no more than 85 cumulative credit hours
  • Minimum enrollment of 6 hours - maximum 11 UHD college credit hours at UHD each semester
  • Non-renewable
  • No application required, candidates selected by the committee
Application No Application Required
(Determined by Fall GPA and Spring enrollment prior to the award year.)

 

 

OTHER INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

 

RED ROSE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP 2015/2016
Award
$3000 per academic year – ($1500 for Fall 2015 & $1500 for Spring 2016)
Eligibility

Red Rose Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership ability, and their potential for contributing to the future of Houston. Red Rose Scholarship recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a complete application and essay to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Have earned 57 credit hours of college-level course work at the end of the Fall 2014 semester (excluding developmental coursework)
  • All transcripts from colleges previously attended must be in the UHD student record system when application is submitted
  • 24 college credit hours must be earned from UHD. (These credits will be reviewed at the end of the Fall semester 2014.)
  • Cumulative UHD GPA of 3.50 or higher at the end of Fall 2014
  • Maintained a UHD GPA of 3.50 or higher at the end of the Summer 2015 to be eligible to receive this award in Fall 2015.
  • You must plan to enroll in 12 or more credit hours during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters; (excludes developmental coursework), and
  • Enrolled in your first Baccalaureate Degree Program, currently pursuing an undergraduate degree. (PB and Graduate students are not eligible to apply.)

Urban Education Applicants who are able to verify that they are in either Block 2 or Block 3 and will be taking a minimum of 9 college credit hours at the beginning of Fall 2015 are also eligible to apply. If you are selected for this award, you must submit a verification letter from your Urban Education Advisor on the department’s letterhead no later than the end of Summer 3; failure to do so will make you ineligible to receive this award.


Social Work Applicants who are able to verify that they are enrolled in Field Practicum and will be taking 10 to 11 college credit hours at the beginning of Fall 2015 are also eligible to apply. If you are selected for this award, you must submit a verification letter from your Social Work Advisor on the department’s letterhead no later than the end of Summer 3; failure to do so will make you ineligible to receive this award.


Your graduation date will be verified through your college advisor. You must plan to graduate in May 2016 or later. Please note that you will become ineligible, if it is determined that you are graduating prior to Spring 2016.

Availability Date: September 2014
Deadline January 30, 2015
Application

 

FIFTH YEAR ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP 2014/2015
Award

Minimum Award $6,000 (Fall $3,000/Spring $3,000)
Maximum Award $1200 (Fall $6,000/Spring $6,000)
Based on Financial Aid need, which is determined by submitting a FAFSA

Eligibility
  • Resident of Texas; 
  • Complete and file a FAFSA application, which is available at http:www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and demonstrate financial unmet need of at least $6,000 – NOTE: student(s) will not be awarded, if need is less than 1/2 the cost of attendance;
  • Must have filed an Application of Intent with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy ($50 fee);
  • Complete an Application for the Fifth-year Accounting Student Scholarship, available below;
  • Enrolled in at least a half-time basis (6 credit hours or more);
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress in the student’s program of study and meets the scholastic ability and performance standards as measured in the cumulative grade point average; not less than a 2.0 GPA
  • A cumulative grade point average that is equal to or greater than the grade point average required for graduation (equal to or greater than a 2.0);
  • Have registered for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement;
  • Completed at least 120 credit hours of college work, including at least 15 hours of upper level accounting;
  • Must need fewer than 30 semester hours to complete the 150 semester hour;
  • Student has not received this award in a prior year; and
  • Not taken the CPA examination in Texas or another jurisdiction.
  • Awarded student is required to reimburse the Board, on demand, for all funds the student receives from this program, if the student does not take at least one section of the CPA examination with 3 years of submitting the Application of Intent.


      Educational requirements to take the CPA examination:

      • 150 semester hours of college credit
      • 30 semester hours of upper level accounting courses
      • 24 semester hours of upper level business courses
      • 3 semester hours of a Board-approved ethics course

     

Scholarship Application Process:

Step 1

Must demonstrate financial need completing the 2014/2015 FASFA and submitting a valid SAR to UHD by deadline, must have financial aid need of at least $6000 to qualify. (Not eligible if your need is below the minimum requirement.)

Step 2

Submit an Application of Intent to take the CPA examination to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (applications cannot be considered until a copy of the Acknowledgement from TSBPA is submitted to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office for review. The TSBA’s web link to access the Application of Intent is listed below: www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/exam-qualification/applications-application-of-intent.html

Step 3

Submit an Application for the Fifth-year Accounting Student Scholarship Program to the College of Business Administrator to complete Section 2.

Step 4

Submit a copy of your Acknowledgement Notice from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, including your Application after Sections 1 and 2 have been completed by you and the COB to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Availability Date: August 2014
Deadline February 28th or sooner, if  funds are exhausted.
Application

 

Good Neighbor Scholarship Program 2014-2015
Award
One year of tuition (fall, spring, and summer).  Student is responsible for payment of institutional fees and other charges.
Eligibility
  • Be a nonresident from an eligible country;
  • Be a native-born citizen and current resident of a nation of the Western Hemisphere other than Cuba or the United States;
  • Intend to return to the eligible country upon completion of his/her program of study, not eligible if you have permanent resident status;
  • Be admitted unconditionally at an eligible public institution in Texas; and
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
Availability Date: January 17, 2014
Deadline February 28, 2014
Application

 

Please note that UHD students who are currently receiving a renewable UHD Freshman undergraduate scholarship or a renewable Dean's scholarship are not eligible to also receive the UHD Jones undergraduate scholarship. All scholarship awards requirements will be reviewed at the end of each semester, your award will be cancelled if your UHD GPA drops below the minimum requirement stated on your Scholarship Award Letter and/or Agreement Form.


Scholarships awarded by organizations outside UHD will be disbursed according to guidelines provided by the donor organization.

 

 

 

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