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Travel Scholarships

Students participating in an Honors College Learning Abroad or Learning Away program are eligible to apply for funding opportunities. Honors College students in good academic standing are eligible for some scholarship support, regardless of financial need. All scholarship decisions are determined by committee and are subject to approval by the director of the Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs and the dean of the Honors College. Students are strongly encouraged to draft their personal statement before completing the online application.

Please direct all questions to ogesp@uh.edu.


Lerner Family Fund Scholarship

The Lerner Family Fund Scholarship is considered gap funding and is the primary learning abroad scholarship offered by the Honors College. Honors College students who are in good academic standing are invited to apply. 

Please note that late or incomplete applications may not be considered. Funds will be awarded as available. Priority will be given to students participating in UH-Faculty-led travel programs.

Criteria for the Lerner Family Fund Scholarship:

  • Personal Statement of Financial Need detailing: 1) your current scholarship and financial aid awards; 2) the resources that you have that will be used toward travel (job-related income, parental support, etc.); 3) a request for a specific amount of scholarship support from the Lerner Fund; and 4) a section that describes any exceptional financial or personal circumstances that would not be reflected in your EFC. This information should be inputted into the appropriate field on the online application. Statements should be no less than 300 words in length.
  • Unofficial transcript showing you are in good academic standing with the University and the Honors College (3.0 GPA or higher). This may be uploaded via the online application.
  • Acknowledgment that if awarded, you will complete pre- and post-trip surveys and a thank you card for the donors who fund our learning-abroad/learning-away initiatives.
  • Lerner Scholarship recipients are required to submit post-program critical reflections. Guidelines for these reflections and how to submit them will be provided in award announcement letters. Generally, these reflections are managed by the faculty member leading the program.
  • If your program is not UH-faculty-led or offered through a UH SCH-granting department, you will need to provide an articulation agreement or other document stating that the credits will be accepted by UH upon return, which will also serve as your proof of enrollment into the learning abroad program. This may be uploaded via the online application.
  • When applying for the Lerner Scholarship, students traveling abroad are encouraged to apply for the IES and the Gilman (if applicable). Students participating in a learning away program will automatically be considered for the CITE Learning Away Scholarship. Note: The CITE Learning Away and Lerner Scholarships may not be used together for the same trip.
  • Lerner Scholarship amounts vary based on program length and cost (including anticipated in-country expenses); and students' complete financial aid package, cost of attendance, and prior receipt of a Lerner Scholarship.
  • The Lerner Scholarship awards both need- and merit-based funding. 

Lerner Scholarship application due dates are based on the semester of travel.

Fall 2021: Currently, Fall travel scholarships are on hold
Winter 2022, Spring 2022: Due by November 1st (winter and semester-long programs) or February 1st (spring break travel or later)
Summer 2022: Due by March 1st 

APPLY HERE for the Lerner Family Fund & CITE Learning Away Scholarships.


CITE Learning Away Scholarships

CITE Learning Away Scholarships are currently available for students traveling on faculty-led learning away programs in Spring or Summer 2022. These scholarships are open to all students, regardless of major, discipline, or membership in the Honors College. Applications from students participating in the same trip occur simultaneously and on a ‘rolling’ basis depending upon the date of departure for approved group trips. Scholarships are intended to increase the participation of high financial need students in various approved faculty-led learning away programs each semester.

Faculty leading co-curricular programs should register their program with the Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs in the semester before travel and request approval for participating students to be eligible to apply for CITE Scholarships.

Students interested in applying for a CITE Scholarship should contact the trip's faculty leader first to express their interest. Faculty leaders are responsible for conveying to students eligibility criteria. The CITE Scholarship application committee will make an effort to decide on awards promptly so that awards may be disbursed to students before their final payments for their respective trips. 

Scholarship award amounts will vary (ranging from $250-$750), depending upon the level of students’ financial need (with priority for higher financial need) and the total number of students per trip who are applying. Students applying for CITE scholarships must submit a Personal Statement that includes (1) a detailed description of exceptional circumstances related to family/student income or expected family contributions (EFC) in financial aid packages that would explain greater financial need, and (2) the feasible contribution by the student to the overall cost of participating in the program. This information should be inputted into the appropriate field on the online application.

Criteria for CITE Learning Away Scholarships:

  • Current UH undergraduate student, in good standing (Honors and non-Honors are eligible)
  • Participation in approved UH Faculty-Led Learning Away Program (Winter, Spring, Summer 2022)
  • 2 semesters of full-time enrollment at UH before, or completed at the time of, the program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (cumulative)
  • Demonstrated high financial need, determined according to the following two criteria:
    • quantitatively: COA – (EFC + FA package) = financial aid assessment
    • qualitatively: statement of special circumstances and financial need
  • Scholarship recipients agree to submit two written critical reflections (pre-trip & post-trip)

Applications for CITE Scholarships are made through The Honors College’s Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs. After applications are reviewed and awards made, Honors College students who still have financial need may be considered for Honors College scholarships upon request.

APPLY HERE for the Lerner Family Fund & CITE Learning Away Scholarships.


Thomas Monroe Learning Abroad Scholarship Endowment

The Thomas Monroe Learning Abroad Scholarship Endowment was established to provide financial support for students undertaking learning or service abroad or away, or other place-based experiential learning opportunities offered through the Honors College.

A member of the Honors College, Thomas Monroe also played on the UH lacrosse team, competed as an amateur boxer, and was active in the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with University Honors in 2010. An ardent supporter of UH and Houston sports teams, Thomas met his hero Hakeem Olajuwon in the Fertitta Center at the 2019 Great Conversation.

Thomas traveled with the Honors College on learning abroad excursions to London, York, and Edinburgh, Italy and Sicily, and Israel and Palestine. He also made an epic hike across Scotland with his father and brothers, from Inverness to Fort William on the Great Glen Way. Thomas treasured these experiences, and his family and friends established an endowment to support similar learning opportunities.

Criteria for the Thomas Monroe Learning Abroad Scholarship:

  • Current UH Honors College undergraduate student, in good standing 
  • Participation in approved UH Faculty-Led Learning Abroad or Away Program

Application information for this scholarship is pending. Please check back.


Additional Learning Abroad Scholarship Information:

International Education Scholarship (IES), administered by the University’s Learning Abroad Office.

Tier One Scholars may request travel and research stipends here.

External Scholarships vary based on student demographics, length of program, location, and other factors.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the University of Houston will help you review your financial aid opportunities to support your program abroad. 

Plan for your program abroad with the help of additional Financial Resources

For more information on Learning Abroad opportunities, please visit University’s Learning Abroad website.