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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.


2018 CHSS Winter Term Enrollment Scholarship

​Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
No
​GPA Min.
2.0
​Status
Enroll in one CHSS Winter term course
No. of Awards
40 awards
Award Amt.
$250
Deadline
Dec 4, 2018

Eligibility: This award is restricted to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework at UHD during the 2018 Winter Term. To be considered for this award, applicants must (1) be a CHSS major, (2) enrolled in 3SCH in a CHSS course, and (3) have a cumulative grade point average that is 2.0 or above.

Criteria: Winners will be selected based on number of semester credit hours completed (both transfer and UHD) and GPA.


2018 CHSS Conference Recruitment Scholarships

​Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
No
​GPA Min.
2.0
​Status
Varies
No. of Awards
Varies
Award Amt.
$2,000
Deadline
Dec. 21, 2018

Eligibility: Prospective transfer students who attend the “Restorative Justice in the Age of #MeToo” conference on November 29, 2018 – and are admitted into UHD; declare a CHSS major; and complete 12 Semester Credit Hours in Spring 2019 and register for 6 semester credit hours during Summer 2019— will be eligible to receive $2,000 to be applied to expenses associated with coursework. This money will be applied to their account at the start of the May 2019 term. To receive the funds, students must be in good academic and financial standing.

OR

Prospective First Time in College students who attend the “Restorative Justice in the Age of #MeToo” conference on November 29, 2018 – and are admitted into UHD; declare a CHSS major; and complete 12 Semester Credit Hours in Fall 2019 and register for 12 semester credit hours at the start of the Spring 2020 term—will be eligible to receive $2,000 to be applied to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework. To receive the funds, students must be in good academic and financial standing.

Prospective students who would like to register for the conference should contact the Assistant Dean of CHSS, Ms. Crystal Guillory.

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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

Undergrad    Yes ​Graduate    YesGPA Min.
3.0
​Status  
Full Time
No. of Awards  
1 Award
Award Amt.     $2,000Deadline    Oct. 15, 2018

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.

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Susan Kiernan Ahern Endowed Scholarship

Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
Yes
​GPA Min.
3.0+
​Status
Full time
​No. of Awards
1 award
​Award Amt.
$900
​Deadline
Oct 15, 2018


Dr. Susan K Ahern came to UHD in 1983 to teach English. As an associate professor, she received the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Later, she served as Department Chair before becoming Dean in 2003. Through her tenure as faculty member and dean, Dr. Ahern had a passion for exposing students to visual, literary, and cultural arts and she worked diligently to develop opportunities to expose UHD students to these creative endeavors.

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 have a cumulative grade point average that is above 3.0. Please note that awardees must enroll full-time (12 semester credit hours for undergraduates, 9 semester credit hours for graduates) during the semester s/he receives an Ahern scholarship.

To be eligible for the Susan Kiernan Ahern Endowed 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.

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Alicia Spencer Castillo Memorial Scholarship

Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
No
GPA Min.
3.0+
​Status
Full time
​No. of Awards
1 Award
​Award Amount
ca. $1000
​Deadline
Oct 15
2018

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. To be considered for this award, students must:

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

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.

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Christy Drennan Memorial Scholarship
(For students interested in pursuing a career in journalism)

Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
Yes
​GPA Min.
2.0
​Status
Enrolled
​No. of Awards
1 award
​Award Amt.
ca. $800
​Deadline
Oct 15,
2018


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.

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Donald R. Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
(For English majors with leadership experience)

Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
No
​GPA Min.
2.0
​Status
Enrolled
No. of Awards
1 Award
Award Amt.
ca. $1,000
​Deadline
Oct 15, 2018

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.

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Dr. Bill Brigman Endowed Scholarship in Political Science

​Undergrad
Yes
​Graduate
No
​GPA Min.
3.0+
​Status
Full time
No. of Awards
2 fall term
2 spring term*
Award Amt.
$2,000
Deadline
Oct 15 &
Feb 15

The Brigman Endowed 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, 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.

* Awardees can receive only one Brigman scholarship per academic year.

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