Diamond Family Scholars Program

Diamond Emergency Fund

The Diamond Emergency Fund is a grant administered through the Urban Experience Program (UEP), established through the generous gifts of Andy and Andrea Diamond along with alumni and friends of the University of Houston. The Fund has been created to provide funds for emergency financial needs of Eligible students which arise concerning their health, safety, well-being or inability to complete academic requirements

Who is eligible?

Full time student at the university (12 credit hours for undergraduate and 6 credit hours for graduate students) who is in good academic and disciplinary standing who meets at least one (1) of the following criteria:

  • In foster care when they attained 18 years of age or graduate from high school; have spent time in foster care or were adopted through the Department of Family Protective Services(DFPS)
  • An orphan
  • Ward of the state
  • Unaccompanied minor as defined by the Department of Education

How to apply?

Apply Here

What to submit?

You will need to upload a copy of any invoices, receipts, quotes or charges that support your specific request

*Please make sure you have all documentation available when you apply. Any missing supporting material will result in a delay of the committee decision.

How are funds distributed?

The Diamond Emergency Fund Committee will review in two (2) University business days but will not exceed five (5) University Business days and return a decision to the student at the contact email provided on the form.

An eligible student may request funds no more than two (2) times per academic year and the total distribution shall not exceed $1,000. The Fund distribution may include, but are not limited to, distributions to pay utility bills, food, off-campus rent not to exceed one month per academic year of the eligible students share of off-campus rent, medicines, hospital/clinic visits, and technology needs to complete academic requirements at the University. Under no circumstances shall distributions be made to pay legal fees, bond fees, or child support or where the need for the request for distributions arose due to the payment of legal fees, bond fees, or child support of any person. There is no requirement that an Eligible Student repay all, or any part, of a distribution from The Fund.

If you have any questions prior to your submission, please send an email to diamonds@uh.edu and we will be happy to assist you.