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UH Welcomes Most Distinguished Tier One Scholars Class Yet

Includes Six Valedictorians, Five National Merit Scholars; Average SAT Score of 1422

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September 2012

HOUSTON – Whether it is academics, athletics or the arts, they are the best of the best. Among them are valedictorians, national merit scholars, musicians, UIL competitors, an Eagle Scout and even a children’s book author. They are the 2012 Tier One Scholars at the University of Houston (UH), and they are the largest, most distinguished class since the program’s inception in 2009.

The Tier One Scholars program began as part of UH President Renu Khator’s initiative to attract outstanding, high-achieving students to the university. Since the first class of Tier One Scholars enrolled at UH in 2010, each new class has grown larger and more prestigious than the last. Of the 2012 Tier One Scholars, five are National Merit Scholars, six are valedictorians and 46 ranked in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating class. Their average SAT score is 1422, the highest average SAT score in the program’s history.

Each Tier One Scholarship covers four full years of tuition and fees and two years of on-campus housing at UH. Tier One Scholars also receive stipends to pursue research and to study abroad. Many Tier One Scholars are also members of the UH Honors College. To be eligible for a Tier One scholarship, graduating high school seniors must have a minimum SAT score of 1300 and have ranked in the top 10 percent of their class.