Application Deadline: February 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Instructions on how to apply are listed on this page. Please use the online application forms below to apply for NSM scholarships. The application period opens each year on November 1.
Applicants are considered for all NSM scholarships for which they may be qualified.
Scholarship Application Forms
NSM has several scholarships available for incoming students and continuing undergraduate and graduate students.
You only need to apply once each year to be considered for all NSM scholarships for which you qualify. Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds. List of Scholarships
The NSM Scholarship Committee, which includes a faculty representative from each of the college's six departments, administers NSM scholarships. The reviewing committee evaluates all applications and informs students of the results of its deliberations.
Information for Applicants
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- Selection Criteria
- Eligibility for Other Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Application Deadline
- How to Apply
- Notification of Scholarship Award
- Scholarship Fund Disbursements
- Other Sources of Financial Assistance
NSM scholarships are open to all eligible individuals. There are no restrictions to applicants based on sex, race, age, nationality, religion, disability, or country of origin.
Need-Based Scholarships: Many of the NSM scholarships are based on financial need. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must have Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on file with the University of Houston’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior and must meet all admission requirements for the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Incoming freshmen have the option to apply to UH for admission for the Fall 2021 term with or without SAT/ACT scores. NSM scholarship applications may be submitted with or without SAT/ACT sores as well. Applications without SAT/ACT scores will not be disadvantaged. Scholarship recipients must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) as a major in any of the NSM disciplines, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester 2021, and enroll in and complete a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the spring 2022 semester.
Applicant must be an undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Houston who has completed at least one long semester (fall, spring) at UH, must be a major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, must have a cumulative GPA in all UH hours that meets the specifications of the endowment, and must have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.
Applicant must be a graduate student in good standing at the University of Houston who has completed at least one long semester (fall, spring) at UH, must be a major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, must have a GPA in all science/mathematics courses taken at UH that meets the specifications of the endowment, and must have 18 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of nine semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.
The scholarship committee shall consider scholarship, leadership, civic and community involvement, as well as content and style of presentation of the essay in making the selection. Scholarship forms the most important component of an application, and the committee(s) shall determine the relative weight given to other criteria.
Eligibility for Other Scholarships and Financial Aid
Recipients of any of these scholarships may apply for (and accept) other scholarships, grants, or awards for which the recipients are eligible. However, if a recipient applies for financial aid, these awards may be used in calculating the eligibility level of the recipient’s financial aid.
Applications must be received by the close of the business day (5 p.m.) on Friday, February 26, 2021. The college will accept scholarship applications for the 2021–2022 academic year beginning November 1, 2020. The scholarship committee meets regularly, beginning late in the fall semester, to consider completed applications on a continuing basis. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds.
How to Apply
- Complete only one application form to be considered for any NSM scholarships for which you are eligible.
- Application materials include the online scholarship application form, an official or certified copy of your transcript (high school transcript for incoming freshmen; UH transcript for continuing students), and the required essay.
- We encourage applicants to complete and submit the scholarship application online. Links to online forms for incoming freshmen or for continuing students are at the top of this page. Please print a copy for your records before submitting the online application.
- Applicants who prefer not to submit the application online, should print the online application and mail it with the transcript and required essay.
- Whether the application is submitted online or by mail, applicants must mail their transcript to:
University of Houston
Scholarship Committee (Attn: Donna Stokes)
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Science & Research Bldg. 1
3507 Cullen Blvd, Room 202
Houston, Texas 77204-5008
Notification of Scholarship Award
Scholarship recipients will be notified when a scholarship is awarded or by late May or early June 2021 at the latest.
Scholarship Fund Disbursements
Made in two equal increments (fall ’21 and spring ’22) directly into the recipient's student account upon verification of enrollment, major, and minimum qualification requirements.
Failure of the recipient to register for classes (at least 12 semester credit hours for undergraduates and nine semester credit hours for graduate students) by the published UH late registration deadline will constitute an automatic forfeiture of the scholarship.