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Frequently Asked Questions College of Education Scholarship Application Process

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  • How do I apply for multiple scholarships?
    • Applicants submit only one application. The scholarship committee will review each individual application and determine which College of Education scholarships are available for the applicant. An applicant may receive more than one award if they best meet the scholarship criteria.
  • Will you accept a hardcopy of the scholarship application and required documents instead of the online application?
    • No.  Only applications that have been submitted online with the required uploaded documents will be acceptable. Applicants may access the application using the CITE computer lab or the computer lab in the M.D. Anderson Library.
  • When is the application-deadline date?
    • February 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.
  • I will be starting classes as a new student in the upcoming semester; may I apply for a College of Education (COE) scholarship?
    • Yes, but there are only a limited number of scholarships in the COE for transfers students or incoming freshman.  Most of these scholarships require student applicants who are current, full-time undergraduate, graduate or certificate-seeking students at the University of Houston.
  •  I will graduate in the spring, Do I qualify? 
    • No, scholarship funds are for the fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.
  • I am a part-time student. Am I eligible for COE scholarships?
    • COE scholarships are open to full-time students. Part-time students are not eligible.
  • What GPA is required?
    • GPA requirements vary for each scholarship.  Please review the Available Scholarships page on the COE website for each scholarship’s criteria.
  • If I major in one area (i.e. mathematics) but my minor is in education, can I still qualify for a COE scholarship?
    • Yes.

Financial Need:

  • How do I demonstrate that I am seeking a scholarship based upon financial need?
    • Applicants who believe they demonstrate financial need should submit a copy of their most recent Income Tax Return Form (first page only - see example). If required by the particular scholarship, the committee will review this information. Please redact or black out any Social Security number that belongs to you, your spouse, and/or your dependents on the tax documents before making online submission. This will protect sensitive information.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Does my transcript have to be an official copy?
    • No. You may go online to your student account and download an unofficial transcript.
  • Do I need to provide written letters of recommendation?
    • No, simply provide name and contact information, and a recommendation form will be sent to your references.
  • In addition to College of Education faculty, can I list as a reference someone outside of the College, such as a former teacher, friend, employer, or relative?
    • Yes. However, you must have at least one COE faculty member listed, but the second reference may be someone else familiar with your professional work. 
  • Which form do I need to fill out for faculty to complete the online letters of recommendation?

Award Notification

  • How will I know whether or not I have been awarded a scholarship(s)?
    • A notification letter will be emailed to your address on file in PeopleSoft after the Scholarship Committee has made their selections.
  • If awarded a scholarship, how will I receive the funds?
    • Student Financial Services will post the awarded funds to your student account at the beginning of the fall/spring academic year.
  • When can I access my award funds?
    • During the period for which the award was funded, usually beginning the next academic year.
  • What happens if I plan to graduate at the end of the fall semester or will not be enrolled in 12 credit hours for the awarded semester?
    • Contact Paul Roch in the COE Dean’s office and explain the situation.  If appropriate, an approval will be given to combine both fall and spring payments into your last semester.  Decisions to do so will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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