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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Cougar hand signNeed help paying for college?

Thanks to generous donors, the University of Houston College of Education offers numerous scholarships for our current undergraduate and graduate students, with some scholarships available to incoming freshmen. We encourage all students to:

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Undocumented students may complete the TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid).
  • Explore financial aid options offered through UH for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Apply for College of Education scholarships (details below).
  • Apply for UH Foundation scholarships (more information below).
  • Apply for the Raising Texas Teachers scholarship. Deadline for 2019-20: Jan. 6, 2020.

College of Education Scholarships

Key dates

  • Scholarship application for 2019-20 opens on Jan. 1, 2020.
  • The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2020.
  • This application period applies to funds that will be distributed for the 2019-20 academic year.

Application process

  • All application information is submitted online.
  • The application includes questions about your major, interests and qualifications. Applicants also must upload all required documents – a one-page narrative, resume and unofficial transcript – and provide contact information for two references.
  • Only complete applications will be considered by the Scholarship Committee.
  • After reading all instructions below, apply online. Application opens Jan. 1, 2020.

Step 1: Review

Review the list of scholarships to familiarize yourself with the GPA requirements, areas of specialization and other criteria.

scholarship2.pngStep 2: Prepare

The Scholarship Committee will review your application only for scholarships for which you meet the criteria. You only have to submit one application and upload one set of materials.

Prepare the following materials: 

  1. A written narrative (typed on one page, 12-point font, saved as a PDF document)
Answer the question: "What makes you a strong candidate for a COE scholarship?" 
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • What are your career goals and aspirations after graduation?
  • Describe how you have exhibited leadership (e.g., on class/team project, in extracurricular activities, in school clubs, in community or service organizations, etc.).

Note: Take the criteria for scholarships that apply to you into consideration in your response.

Optional supporting documents
Certain scholarships encourage additional submissions:
  • If you're interested in the Leslie and Kim Wheless scholarship, which targets aspiring teachers, submit an essay of one page or less sharing your vision of what future students will gain in your class and how you will help them become better citizens.
  • If you're interested in the Norman I. Kagan scholarship, submit a five-page abstract detailing the nature of your dissertation research.
  • If you're interested in the Chiapetta scholarship, submit a statement explaining and confirming your commitment to becoming an active member of the American Chemical Society.
  • To demonstrate financial need for various scholarships, the College of Education recommends that you complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You will not be asked to upload documents related to FAFSA as part of the College's scholarship process. Completing the FAFSA is a recommendation, not a requirement.
  1. References and contact information

    You will need to provide two professional references, including at least one College of Education faculty member (if you are a current enrolled COE student). Applicants interested in department-specific scholarships must submit the name of a faculty member from their department.

    On the application, you will be asked to submit each reference's name, title, institution/organization and email address. Your references then will be emailed a link to the confidential reference form and will submit the form directly back to the Scholarship Committee.

    Please make sure you have asked your references for permission to list their name and email address. Applicants who do not have two completed references will not be eligible for a scholarship.

  2. A professional resume

  3. An unofficial transcript (you may go online to your student account at MyUH and download an unofficial transcript)

Step 3: Submit required documents via the online application (The application is now CLOSED.)

  • Answer all the questions on the online application.
  • Upload the required documents in the "Upload Documents" tab before the deadline of February 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • All required documents must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.
  • In order to complete the application, verify your personal information and answer the questions before clicking the SUBMIT button.


Step 4: Notice of award and requirements

Applicants will receive notice of award via email in mid- to late March 2019.

All successful applicants must attend the College of Education’s Star Awards event on April 24, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UH Hilton. The event honors scholarship recipients, donors, alumni and other supporters. Please save the date now!

UH Foundation Scholarships

The UH Foundation manages at least two scholarships for College of Education students. Applicants must be sophomores or above, full time (12 hours minimum) and have and maintain a 2.0 GPA. The application is typically open in March. Visit the UH Foundation Scholarship page to apply.