University Funded Merit Scholarships

The University funds several academically-competitive scholarships for incoming freshmen. In order to be considered for a university-funded scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Apply for admission to UH for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  • Complete your application for admission, including the submission of all supporting documentation (application, application fee, official transcripts, and test scores), by the priority date.

University-funded scholarships for incoming freshmen include:

2022-2023 Academic Excellence Scholarship
Academic Excellence Scholarship priority deadlines have passed and the awarding for freshman entering in fall 2022 has concluded. The profile of the incoming freshman class varies from year to year. In the Fall 2021 class, the average Academic Excellence Scholarship awardee had an average total score of 1265 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) or an ACT Composite of 26, with a class rank in the top 10 percent and an unweighted GPA of 3.73. (The unweighted GPA is calculated by the University of Houston using English, math, science, and social studies grades.)

2023-2024 Academic Excellence Scholarship Priority Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • Supporting Information* Due: November 7, 2022

*Supporting information includes application fee, self-reporting transcript information, test scores (if applicable). If applying without test scores, supporting information also includes your essay and resume.

Students with no class rank: Students without a class rank can still be considered for Academic Excellence Scholarships. In such cases, the University determines scholarship eligibility based on the other information available, namely test scores and high school GPA.

Cullen Leadership Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 per year (renewable for up to four years)
Qualifications: For students who have a competitive academic profile and demonstrated leadership skills. Recipients are selected by the Student Financial Support Committee from among the pool of admitted applicants. No additional application is necessary. 

National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Amount: Full cost of tuition and required fees, for four years (five years for architecture students). In addition, recipients are eligible for a one-time $1,000 undergraduate research stipend and a one-time $2,000 study abroad stipend. Candidates who complete the FAFSA may be eligible for additional financial support. See the chart below for a summary of benefits.

Qualifications: The University of Houston will automatically award scholarship support to National Merit Scholarship finalists who select the University of Houston as their first-choice institution in accordance with the rules and deadlines established by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).Tier One ScholarshipFall 2022:  To learn more about the Tier One Scholarship and the selection process, please visit the Tier One Scholars website.

Award Maximums

Any scholarship counts as a financial resource and must be considered when constructing a financial aid award package. A student’s total financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance (COA). COA is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend the University of Houston. Your COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Exceptions are made for Federal Pell Grant Program recipients, whose financial aid packages can add up to the COA plus the amount of the Federal Pell Grant Program funds. Awards from the University of Houston are subject to change depending on the entire student award package and the student’s COA.

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Academic Excellence, National Merit, Tier One, and Cullen Leadership Scholarships will renew each year (up to 8 undergraduate semesters, or 10 semesters for architecture students) provided you meet the requirements listed below. These requirements went into effect during the 2018-19 academic year and apply only to students receiving one of the university funded merit scholarships as of Fall 2018 or later.

  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours) at UH each fall and spring semester. Your scholarship funds will not credit to your account if you are enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The GPA calculation only includes courses taken at UH.
  • Complete and pass a total of 30 credit hours by the end of the summer following your first year at UH, 60 hours by the end of the second year, and 90 hours by the end of the third year. Transfer, AP, and dual credit hours will count toward this requirement.
  • Additional details to note:
    • Transfer hours may be counted toward your total credit hours completed, but they do not count toward your cumulative GPA.
    • Credit hours for repeated courses do not count toward the credit hour requirements. If you have AP or dual credit for a course and you take the course at UH, it is considered a repeat course and will not count toward your credit hour requirements. Your advisor can help you remove AP credit if necessary.
    • Courses completed with grades of I, U, W or F are not counted toward the credit hour requirements.
    • Summer courses taken at UH will count toward your credit hours and GPA requirements, but tuition and fees for those courses will not be funded by the scholarship. The University strongly recommends completing your scholarship requirements during the fall and spring semesters.

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Scholarships for Transfers

Thinking of transferring to UH? If you show academic promise, you may be eligible for the scholarships below:

Transfer Excellence Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 per year ($500 per term)

Priority Deadline: May 15, 2022

To meet the priority deadline for Transfer Excellence, applicants must be admitted by the priority date.  Spring semester 2022 transcripts should be submitted as soon as possible after the spring semester has ended, but no later than June 30.

2022-2023 Transfer Excellence Scholarship Requirements:
To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be admitted as a transfer student to the University of Houston for the fall term,
  • enroll in a minimum 12 credit hours per semester at the University of Houston (central campus),
  • have 48 or more transferable hours from a regionally accredited U.S. institution and
  • have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0-point scale).

Awards are offered to eligible applicants for fall admission, as funding is available. No separate scholarship application is required. Transfer Excellence Scholarships qualify for non-resident tuition waivers. Transfer Excellence Scholarships are renewable for one additional year, provided recipients complete and pass 24 credit hours at the University of Houston (central campus) and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of their first spring term.

If you submitted additional transcripts after being admitted and would like to be re-evaluated for this scholarship based on an increase of transferable credit hours earned, or your cumulative transferable GPA, please click here to complete the Transfer Excellence Scholarship GPA Calculation Update Request Form.

Transfer Achievement Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 one-time award. To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be admitted as a transfer student to the University of Houston for the spring term,
  • enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester at the University of Houston (central campus),
  • have more than 15 transferable hours from a regionally accredited U.S. institution,
  • have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0-point scale), and
  • demonstrate financial need, based on a completed FAFSA (or TASFA, as appropriate)

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Scholarships for International Students

Creative Biolabs ScholarshipJack & D’Ann Burke International Scholarship EndowmentApplicants must demonstrate active involvement in international education activities, have completed one semester of full-time study at the University of Houston and be currently enrolled full-time. All undergraduate applicants must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and all graduate applicants must have at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA. For United States citizens and permanent residents, financial need will be determined by guidelines from the UH Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.Back to Top

University Endowed Scholarships

The Aldredge Family Scholarship EndowmentThe Aldredge Family scholarship is open to academically competitive undergraduate students. Eligible applicants must be degree-seeking students in good standing with the University of Houston, demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA or TASFA, and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Astronaut/Space Studies Scholarship EndowmentThe Astronaut/Space Studies scholarship is for students interested in becoming an astronaut or pursuing a career in the nation’s space program. Scholarship applicant must be a certified full-time degree-seeking student, maintain a 3.0 GPA and provide notice to the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid of summer work with NASA or another space related organization. Scholarship prospect’s studies must demonstrate some area of preparation for a career in the space program. Eligible programs of study: Bachelor of Science in Physics, Master of Science in Space Architecture, Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Master of Science in Materials Engineering, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering or a Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering. Scholarship is renewable for up to 8 semesters. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Delphian Endowment ScholarshipThe Delphian scholarship is based upon merit, character and financial need. It is only available for the Fall and Spring semesters, up to 8 semesters or graduation, whichever comes first. Students will be considered without regard to gender, age, religion, race or ethnic origin, but must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Qualifying applicants must be classified as an undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all colleges attended as well as maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours) each semester. Additionally, applicants must submit an official University of Houston transcript and/or transcripts from any previously attended university or college with the application. Carole and Jim Hegenbarth Scholarship EndowmentAmount: $1,000 (one time award)
The Carole and Jim Hegenbarth scholarship was established to help first generation students achieve their dream of higher education. Eligible applicants must be certified undergraduate, degree-seeking students in good standing with the University of Houston, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.CenterPoint Energy UH Alumni Scholarship Endowment The CenterPoint Energy UH Alumni Scholarship Endowment is for dependents of CenterPoint Energy employees, or an employee who has been working for CenterPoint Energy for at least one year. Applicants must be less than 26 years old, attend school full time and show financial need according to the FASFA. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Engines of Our Ingenuity ScholarshipThis scholarship is open to any creative-thinking, junior or senior undergraduate student at the University of Houston. To qualify, a student must be full-time (12 hours or more) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing how they exhibit “creative” and “inventive” qualities. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Feng and Fuling Chao ScholarshipThe Feng and Fuling Chao Scholarship is open to any undergraduate, degree-seeking student in good standing with the University of Houston. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Franklin and Virginia Law ScholarshipThe Franklin Virginia Law Scholarship is open to any degree-seeking undergraduate student who is in good academic standing at the time the scholarship is awarded. To qualify, the student must be enrolled full-time (12 hours or more) with a minimum 2.0 GPA or graduated from an accredited Texas high school with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and have a financial need as determined by FAFSA. The student must demonstrate leadership qualities and shall submit two (2) letters of recommendation for the scholarship (preferably from teachers and professors). Student must be a United States citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Texas for fifteen (15) years preceding the date the scholarship is awarded. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association Scholarship EndowmentThe Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association (HOLBA) Scholarship is for students in the College of Business Administration, Engineering, Social Sciences (Economics), and/or Technology. Scholarship applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in office leasing or commercial real estate, be a certified junior or senior degree-seeking student in good standing, must be enrolled for minimum of 12 hours each semester of awarding, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.M.A. Jinnah Scholarship

  • Undergraduate scholarship applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours at the University of Houston. Graduate scholarship applicants must have completed at least 12 credit hours.
  • Scholarship applicant must be a certified full-time undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston.
  • Scholarship applicant must not be on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Scholarship applicant must have and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Scholarship applicant must submit a handwritten 400-word essay in Urdu on the life of M.A. Jinnah. (Essays become the property of the University of Houston and may be reprinted in Pakistan Association of Greater Houston publications.)
  • Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with this scholarship up to the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books, room and board, transportation and personal expenses.
  • Scholarship recipient may re-apply for the M.A. Jinnah Scholarship each year the application is open.

Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.

Peggy & Bill Shiffick Foundation Scholarship
Applicants for the Peggy & Bill Shiffick must be full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by the FAFSA or TAFSA) and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.Robert and Esther Stadtler ScholarshipThe Robert and Esther Stadtler Scholarship is open to sophomores and seniors who are seeking a degree at the University of Houston. To qualify, students must be full-time (12 hours or more) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have financial need as determined by FAFSA. Students must also submit their résumé and a brief statement detailing leadership qualities, character, scholastic ability and achievements. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.The Woman’s Club of Houston ScholarshipThe Woman’s Club of Houston Scholarship is a one-time, annual award of up to $1,500. To qualify, an applicant must be a certified junior or senior student seeking an undergraduate degree in the field of Education or Fine Arts for Fall 2016/Spring 2017, enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester of award and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The applicant also must demonstrate an interest in contributing to the community through participation in community service activities. In addition, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.
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University Privately Funded Scholarships

Each year, a number of foundations, corporations, and individuals provide funding for UH scholarships. Some of these privately funded scholarships are designed to support students in a particular discipline or from a specific heritage or geographic region; others are open to students of any major or background. Offerings change often according to availability of funds and the time of the school year.Alief Achievement Fund ScholarshipThe Alief Achievement Scholarship Fund Scholarship will be used to award Alief Independent School District High School seniors who exhibit leadership skills and will attend the University of Houston Main Campus. Scholarship applicant must also demonstrate financial need. To apply, applicant must submit résumé, two letters of recommendation and a 500-word narrative outlining why applicant wants to attend the University of Houston and how this scholarship will enable him/her to meet his/her goals. All scholarship documents should be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. If selected, scholarship recipient must maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA and remain a full-time student (a minimum of 12 hours per semester) at the University of Houston (main campus).  Scholarship award is renewable for a maximum of 4 years (or 8 semesters) provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements. Log into Scholarship Universe to apply. The tool is located within your AccessUH account.Alonzo Cantu ScholarshipThe Alonzo Cantu Scholarship is for incoming freshmen who graduated from any high school in Hidalgo County, Texas. Scholarship applicants must be ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, demonstrate financial need and be Federal Pell Grant Program-eligible. Students will be evaluated based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. The award is renewable for up to four years with a maximum amount of $16,000 for students who maintain a 2.75 GPA, full-time enrollment, and remain Federal Pell Grant Program-eligible. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Recipients may receive the Alonzo Cantu Scholarship and additional scholarships to assist in paying for college. For more instructions on how to apply, click here.Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) ScholarshipThe Army Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) Scholarship is awarded for academic and personal achievement and pays annually an amount determined by the U.S. Army. The scholarship includes funding for tuition, a flat rate for textbooks, equipment, and supplies, and a subsistence allowance. Recipients must enroll and fully participate in Army ROTC. Four-year AROTC scholarships are applied for during the latter part of the junior or the early part of the senior year of high school. Two- and three-year AROTC scholarships are applied for during the sophomore and freshman years, respectively, through the Department of Military Science. For further information, contact the Military Science Department at 713-743-8460.Bangladesh America Literary, Art and Cultural Association ScholarshipThe Bangladesh America Literary, Art and Cultural Association Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in Bangladeshi history, art, culture or literature. Students must submit an essay expressing their interest, and be enrolled full time. The scholarship is nonrenewable. Applicants must reapply. Recipients may receive the Bangladesh America Literary, Art and Cultural Association Scholarship and additional scholarships to assist in paying for college. For more instructions on how to apply, click here.

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