The Department of African American Studies (AAS) remains steadfast to recognize academically talented African American Studies majors, minors, and graduate certificate students. To this end, with the support of donors, the Department provides scholarship funding to assist students committed to the discipline of African American Studies, by helping to defray the costs associated while attending the University of Houston. The Department of African American Studies will continue its advancement and support for student education and research initiatives at the University of Houston.
The Department’s commitment to student funding remains imperative to provide a robust platform upon which to make this objective a concrete reality. 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. As such, the Department of African American Studies is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 academic scholarships. (Deadline for application submission is Friday, November 11, 2022 at 5:00pm CST). The applicant’s short essay must address any distinct descriptive criteria described below, e.g. The Turner scholarship emphasizes leadership skills. Click here to apply.
Successful applicants will receive funds this Spring 2023.
Dr. Clara L. Meek Endowment for African American Studies
In spring of 2018, AAS 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. Dr. Meek supported numerous organizations and charities but most cherished UH’s African American Studies Program. The endowment provides scholarship funding and programmatic support for the African American Studies Department.
Friends of African American Studies Scholarship
Established in 1999 by supporters of the African American Studies Department from 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. 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 a student whose GPA is at least a 3.5 and who demonstrates leadership qualities, interest in pursuing a career in public service and in providing services to the lower income, disadvantaged communities through education, economic development, social services, and health care.
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.
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.
Dr. Julius Thompson Memorial Book Scholarship in African American Studies
Established by African American Studies in 2008, this scholarship assists students with their book fees.
University of Houston
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of African American Studies
Attn: Scholarship Committee
629 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3047