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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

College Scholarships & Awards

College Scholarships

To be eligible for a college scholarship, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and must be in good academic and financial standing at the university. Additional restrictions are listed underneath each award's description. All award amounts are contingent upon funding.


College Research Awards

To be eligible for a college research award, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; registered full-time in the semester of their application, and be in good academic and financial standing at the university. All award amounts are contingent upon funding. Additional restrictions are listed below.

Dr. Nicole LaRose Student Research Fund


Full Time
UndergradYes
GraduateYes 
GPA Min.3.0
Status Full Time
No. of Awardsvaries
Award Amt. up to $500/award
DeadlineNOV. 30

Nicole M LaRose, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown passed away in 2011. This young scholar's published work examines how questions of community, identity, and technology are explored in texts centered in and around the sprawling metropolis of London, a city that exerted a particular fascination to her. Dr. LaRose invited her readers to see cities as places of contradiction and confusion, but also as sources of discovery and community.

LaRose Funds are intended to support the research and creative activity of students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at UHD. Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty from CHSS. All funds must be used to support student research or creative activity. Applicants may request funding to support any research or creative activity needs, including but not limited to the following: purchase of books or materials to conduct research, travel to attend a conference, travel/admissions costs to gather data or view materials (books, art, etc.), etc.

The committee will review all materials and make awards based on the strength of the overall set of materials, with special attention to applicants who demonstrate strong writing skills and a research interest that suggests potential for creative/independent thinking. While a proposal may be based on work done for a course, these scholarships are not intended to fund the purchase of materials required for a course or course project that is assigned as part of the regular coursework.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a certified full-time undergraduate (at least 12 semester credit hours) or graduate (at least 9 semester credit hours) certificate or degree seeking student in good financial and academic standing at the University of Houston-Downtown.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • be in good financial standing with the university at the time of application.
  • plan to be enrolled at UHD during the period in which the award will be used.

Nicole LaRose Application and Reccomendation Form (PDF)


Dr. Bill Brigman Scholarship in Political Science

UndergradYes
GraduateNo
GPA Min.3.0 +
StatusFULL TIME
No. of AwardsVaries
Award Amt. up to $1,700
DeadlineSEPT 15 & JAN 30

The Brigman Scholarship is intended to support student activities in the Political Science program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at UHD. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Political Science faculty.

Applicants may request funding to support any activity to enrich and enhance the study of Political Science including but not limited to the following: tuition assistance, purchase of books, travel to attend a conference, conference registration, and student organized political science activities and events at University of Houston-Downtown, etc.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Full-time status in semester of application: undergraduate (at least 12 semester credit hours).
  • Declared political science major.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at UHD.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • In good standing with the university at the time of application.
  • Must enroll in 12 or more semester credit hours at UHD during the period in which the award will be used.
  • Candidates involved in political, community or student activities will be given special consideration.

Dr. Bill Brigman Scholarship in Political Science Application (PDF)

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Alicia Spencer Castillo Memorial Scholarship

UndergradYes
GraduateNo
GPA Min.3.0 +
Statusfull time
No. of Awardsup to 2 awards
Award Amt. ca. $500
DeadlineFEB 15

This scholarship is named for Alicia Spencer Castillo, the late mother of Max S. Castillo, former president of UHD, and Martha Spencer-Castillo Nitschke.

This award is restricted to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework at UHD, including tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. Please note that awardees must enroll in at least 12 semester credit hours during the semester s/he receives a Castillo scholarship.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a declared undergraduate major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • have a cumulative grade point average that is above 3.0

Please note that awardees must enroll in at least 12 semester credit hours during the semester s/he receives a Castillo scholarship.

To be eligible for the Alicia Spencer Castillo Memorial Scholarship, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and must be in good academic and financial standing at the university.

Alicia Spencer Castillo Application (PDF)

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Christy Drennan Memorial Scholarship

UndergradYes
GraduateYes
GPA Min.2.0
Statusenrolled
No. of Awards1 award
Award Amt. ca. $1,000
DeadlineFEB 15

Established by The Association for Women Journalists, the Christy Drennan Memorial scholarship is given to no more than two students, annually.  This award is restricted to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework at UHD, including tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. To be considered for this award, applicants must

  • be enrolled in a degree or certificate undergraduate or graduate program at UHD.
  • demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in print, electronic, or online journalism.

To be eligible for the Christy Drennan Memorial Scholarship, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and must be in good academic and financial standing at the university.

Application for Drennan Scholarship (PDF)


Donald R. Engstrom Memorial Scholarship

UndergradYes
GraduateNo 
GPA Min.2.0
Statusenrolled
No. of Awardsup to 3
Award Amt. ca. $1000
DeadlineFeb. 15

This scholarship was established in 1994 thanks to the generosity of Bruce M. Engstrom and Betty J. Engstrom. This scholarship is intended for undergraduate English majors who have proven to be leaders in the University and/or the greater Houston Community.

This award is restricted to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework at UHD, including tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a declared English major
  • have a cumulative grade point average that is above 2.0

To be eligible for the following award, students must be a declared English major; registered full-time in the semester of their application and award; and be in good academic and financial standing at the university.

Donald R. Engstrom Memorial Scholarship Application (PDF)


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