Scholarships and Student Life

Believing that your idea could become a business. Knowing that you could save a community. Hoping to change the world. Remember what that felt like? You can pass it on to the next generation with a gift to scholarships and student affairs at the University of Houston.

Recruiting and retaining the most diverse and academically competitive students, regardless of financial resources, is a top priority for our University. Our goal is to increase access to a world-class education by substantially increasing merit and need-based scholarships.

Scholarships work in tandem with UH’s robust student programming. The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services comprises 27 departments and programs, and supports the University’s mission by providing a comprehensive array of services, programs and activities that enhance the learning environment and development of the whole student.

Your gift to University of Houston Scholarships and Student Affairs can help promising students not only graduate, but achieve more and give more back. UH data show that 87 percent of our scholarship recipients stay at the University, and that they have a higher grade point average than non-scholarship students.

Donors can support scholarships in a specific college, or support a specific campus program. Key scholarship initiatives that include students from all colleges include:

Tier One Scholarships: The University’s premier scholarship program, spurred by President Khator’s bold vision and an anonymous $7 million gift to UH, guarantees four years of tuition, two years of on-campus housing and stipends for undergraduate research and study abroad. Tier One Scholars are among the most academically competitive students in the nation, and they choose UH to receive this world-class opportunity at a top-tier research institution.

Cougar Experience Scholarships: UH data show that students who live in residence halls are more successful in persistence and retention, have higher GPAs, take more credit hours, are less likely to withdraw and are more likely to finish a degree in four years than their commuting peers. Cougar Experience scholarships not only allow freshmen to live on campus, but enrich our campus life. Scholars live in a designated freshmen residence hall, and are encouraged to actively engage in campus life by participating in at least two school-related activities or service organizations.

Persistence Scholarships: Persistence scholarships are need-based awards for students nearing the completion of their studies who are faced with hardship. Often just one or two semesters of coursework remain for these talented students, and if they withdraw from the University, they seldom return. Raising graduation rates is among the most important priorities for UH’s student success initiative, and persistence scholarships give some of our most hardworking students the opportunity to realize their goals.

For more information, contact Olivia Thompson, Chief Development Officer, at 713-743-8026, or

Young Female Students Giving University of Houston Hand-signs

When UH became a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university, it was a turning point for the institution. In the same way, receiving a Tier One Scholarship is a turning point in a talented student’s life.

Your gift attracts these bright, driven individuals to UH, and empowers them to whole-heartedly pursue their studies and campus activities. All Tier One Scholars have two things in common: one, they typically have competitive offers from multiple colleges, and two, the Tier One Scholarship was a major reason they chose UH. But don’t take our word for it — let our Tier One Scholars and alumni tell you!