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Scholarships and Awards

Bryan Pawlic, front row center, a Chinese Studies major, won first place in the International Chinese Speech Tournament 汉语桥 2005. Photo credit: Hanban

Award-Winning Students

  • Chinese studies majors and minors have won prestigious awards such as first place in the International Tournament of Chinese Language and Culture competitions 世界大学生汉语桥比赛: Brian Pawlik, Beijing, 2005. My Viet Le, Beijing, 2015.
  • Many Chinese majors and minors have won highly competitive scholarships to study or teach internationally. They are the recipients of the Critical Languages Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Full Scholarship from the Ministry of PR China and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) from Taiwan.
  • Numerous Chinese studies majors and minors have won top prizes in competitions such as Chinese language speech, singing and martial arts at the local, national and international levels.

Scholarships 2021

Shang-Zhih & Lucia Lee Wu 吴尚势与李静安 Scholarship for Excellence in Chinese Studies
| Sino-USA Friendship Award | Excellence in Chinese Graduate Studies Scholarship | Louis Wu Endowed Scholarship in Chinese Studies

Shang-Zhih & Lucia Lee Wu 吴尚势与李静安 Scholarship for Excellence in Chinese Studies

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Thanks to our generous donors, the Chinese studies program is able to award scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in, and significant commitment to, the study of Chinese. Scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in second to fourth year Chinese courses.  

Eligibility requirements:

  • Enrollment in the Chinese studies program during 2020-21
    Although not required, preference will be given to students who have declared majors or minors in Chinese studies.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Overall minimum Chinese GPA of 3.25
  • Applicants should be full-time students at the University of Houston.
  • Application essay of good quality

Application process:

Please submit

  • Completed Shang-Zhih & Lucia Lee Wu 吴尚势与李静安 Scholarship for Excellence in Chinese Studies application form
  • Candidate’s personal statement in English, stating the reasons for the application (400 words)
  • Copy of a recent transcript
  • If possible, combine the three documents above into one PDF document when submitting.
NOTE: All completed applications and justifying documents must be submitted to Professor McArthur at cmmcarth@central.uh.edu by March 26, 2021.

Selection process:

The Chinese Scholarship Committee will select candidates based on academic merit, dedication to the study of the Chinese language and culture, originality of thought and purpose and contribution to the development of the Chinese language and culture.


Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

The MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship program (HES) is established by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to encourage international students to undertake Mandarin Chinese (Huayu) courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan) in order to provide them with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community.

http://www.moetw.org/2021/01/the-ministry-of-education-huayu.html


Sino-USA Friendship Award

Sponsored by the Chinese studies program

The award is given annually to students who excel in Chinese language and culture courses at UH. Students who are currently taking Chinese language and culture courses offered by the Chinese studies program are eligible to apply. The awardees receive certificates from the department in addition to Chinese culture and language related gifts. Students should write a brief application statement and submit it to the instructor of the course. Application deadline: March 30 


Excellence in Chinese Graduate Studies Scholarship

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Thanks to our generous donors, the Chinese studies program is able to award scholarships to incoming and continuing students who have demonstrated academic excellence and expressed significant commitment to the M.A. program with a concentration on the study of Chinese. The scholarship gives recipients $1,000 per school year with an in-state tuition award. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • The application statement is well-written, demonstrating academic potential and a well-developed plan for the program.
  • High overall GPA and GPA in major
  • Applicants must be enrolled full time at the University of Houston.

Application documents required:

Deadline: Completed application form and required documents must be submitted via email no later than June 15, 2021 to:

Xiaohong (Sharon) Wen
Professor and Director, Chinese Studies Program
664 AH, Department of Modern and Classical Languges
Houston, TX 77204
xwen@uh.edu 

Selection process:

The Chinese Scholarship Committee will select candidates based on academic merit, dedication to study, originality of the application statement and scholarship potential.

Advertisement of scholarships: The scholarships are advertised via classroom announcements, distribution lists and MCL webpages at the University of Houston.


Louis Wu Endowed Scholarship in Chinese Studies

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Many thanks to the generous donation from the Wu family, Chinese Studies is pleased to announce that the Louis Wu Endowed Scholarship in Chinese Studies is available to students.

Scholarship criteria:

  1. Majoring in or minoring in Chinese Studies
  2. Full-time undergraduate
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  4. Demonstrated financial need

Application process:

Students must submit the following documents to Professor Wen: xwen@uh.edu by Sept. 1, 2021

  1. The application form for Louis Wu Endowed Scholarship in Chinese Studies
  2. Candidate’s personal statement in English, stating the reasons for the application (400 words)
  3. Copy of a recent transcript

All completed applications and justifying documents must be submitted to Professor Wen: xwen@uh.edu by Sept. 1, 2021.

Selection process:

The Chinese Undergraduate Scholarship Committee (Professors Jing Zhang, Marshall McArthur and Xiaohong Wen) will select candidates based on the criteria listed above and the personal statement.