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Building Leaders, Advancing Research, Impacting Lives: Undergraduate Scholarships in AAS

African American Studies (AAS) remains committed to recognizing academically talented AAS minors and advancing student interests and participation within the discipline on a national and international level. To this end, the program provides resources and funding to assist today’s africologists in critically studying the human experience through attendance at national research conferences, study abroad opportunities, and by helping to defray the costs associated with attending college.

AAS offers two types of academic scholarships to eligible students: tuition based scholarships that help cover tuition related costs associated with attending the University of Houston, and book scholarships that go toward defraying the costs of student textbooks. Moreover, AAS provides students with advanced research opportunities and an introduction to primary sources through its study abroad program to Ghana (West Africa). AAS will continue its advancement and support for student education and research initiatives at the University of Houston. The program’s commitment to student funding remains imperative to providing a robust and logistically sound platform upon which to make this objective a concrete reality.

Deadline and Qualifications
To be eligible for scholarships in African Studies:

  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours)
  • You must have completed 12 hours of undergraduate credit in residence at the University of Houston
  • You must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the specific scholarship to which you are applying.

The deadline to submit scholarship applications for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 is April 3, 2020 at 5:00pm CDT. 

Summer 2020 Scholarships (Click here to apply) 

Dr. Clara L. Meek Endowment for African American Studies 

In spring of 2018, friends honored the memory of Clara Loraine Meek by establishing the Dr. Clara L. Meek Endowment for African American Studies in the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. While Clara supported numerous organizations and charities, she was most passionate about UH’s African American Studies Program. The endowment will provide scholarship funding and programmatic support for the African American Studies Program. The endowment may be spent by the African American Studies Program, on, but not limited to academic scholarships, student study abroad, student conferences or on other purposes deemed to enrich and enhance student excellence in African American Studies.

John Rueben Sheeler Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1981 by the widow of Dr. John Rueben Sheeler, historian and chair of the Department of History and Geography at Texas Southern University, this scholarship provides funding to academically talented students who have declared minors in African American Studies and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The amount of this award is $1,000.00.

Mrs. Debbie Haley Academic Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Debbie Haley and African American Studies, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies; or are certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking students in good standing at the University of Houston who demonstrate leadership qualities determined by the scholarship committee, are involved in a UH African American outreach program for a minimum of one (1) year, and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The amount of this award is $1,000.

Friends of African American Studies Scholarship

Established in 1999 by supporters of African American Studies throughout the Houston community, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies and whose GPAs are at least 2.5. The amount of this award is $1,000. Scholarships are awarded annually in the name of an important person of African world heritage.

Sylvester Turner Academic Distinction Scholarship

Established in 2006 to provide funding to students who demonstrate leadership qualities, interest in pursuing a career in public service and in providing services to lower income, disadvantaged communities through education, economic development, social services, health care, etc., and
whose GPAs are at least 3.5. The scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies; or are certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking students in good standing at the University of Houston. The amount of this award is $1,000.

John J. Moores, Sr. Academic Achievement Scholarship

Established in 2006 to provide funding to students who demonstrate leadership qualities, a regard for the welfare of humankind and/or an interest in pursuing a career dedicated to humanitarian principles or practices, and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies; or are certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking students in good standing at the University of Houston. The amount of this award is $1,000.

Dr. Ira B. Bryant, Jr. Academic Scholarship

Established in 2005 in honor of the great Houstonian educator and civil rights leader, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Scholarships in AAS (Click here to apply)

Dr. Clara L. Meek Endowment for African American Studies 

In spring of 2018, friends honored the memory of Clara Loraine Meek by establishing the Dr. Clara L. Meek Endowment for African American Studies in the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. While Clara supported numerous organizations and charities, she was most passionate about UH’s African American Studies Program. The endowment will provide scholarship funding and programmatic support for the African American Studies Program. The endowment may be spent by the African American Studies Program, on, but not limited to academic scholarships, student study abroad, student conferences or on other purposes deemed to enrich and enhance student excellence in African American Studies.

John Rueben Sheeler Memorial Scholarship:

Established in 1981 by the widow of Dr. John Rueben Sheeler, historian and chair of the Department of History and Geography at Texas Southern University, this scholarship provides funding to academically talented students who have declared minors in African American Studies and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The amount of this award is $1,000.00.

Mrs. Debbie Haley Academic Scholarship:

Established by Mrs. Debbie Haley and African American Studies, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies; or are certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking students in good standing at the University of Houston who demonstrate leadership qualities determined by the scholarship committee, are involved in a UH African American outreach program for a minimum of one (1) year, and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The amount of this award is $1,000.

Friends of African American Studies Scholarship:

Established in 1999 by supporters of African American Studies throughout the Houston community, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies and whose GPAs are at least 2.5. The amount of this award is $1,000. Scholarships are awarded annually in the name of an important person of African world heritage.

Sylvester Turner Academic Distinction Scholarship:

Established in 2006 to provide funding to students who demonstrate leadership qualities, interest in pursuing a career in public service and in providing services to lower income, disadvantaged communities through education, economic development, social services, health care, etc., and
whose GPAs are at least 3.5. The scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies; or are certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking students in good standing at the University of Houston. The amount of this award is $1,000.

John J. Moores, Sr. Academic Achievement Scholarship:

Established in 2006 to provide funding to students who demonstrate leadership qualities, a regard for the welfare of humankind and/or an interest in pursuing a career dedicated to humanitarian principles or practices, and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies; or are certified full-time undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree-seeking students in good standing at the University of Houston. The amount of this award is $1,000.

Dr. Ira B. Bryant, Jr. Academic Scholarship:

Established in 2005 in honor of the great Houstonian educator and civil rights leader, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies.

2020-2021 BOOK SCHOLARSHIP (for Textbooks)

Dr. Julius Thompson Memorial Book Scholarship in African American Studies (Click here to apply)

Established by African American Studies in 2008, this scholarship assists students with their book fees
 

Contact Information:

University of Houston
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
African American Studies
Attn: Scholarship Committee

629 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3047
Tel: (713) 743-2811
Fax: (713) 743-2818