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College Scholarships & Awards

College Scholarships

To be eligible for a college scholarship, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and must be in good academic and financial standing at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). Additional restrictions are listed underneath each award's description. All award amounts are contingent upon funding.

College Research Awards

To be eligible for a college research award, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; registered full-time in the semester of their application, and be in good academic and financial standing at the university. All award amounts are contingent upon funding. Additional restrictions are listed below.


Susan Kiernan Ahern E​ndowed Scholarship

Undergrad: Yes
Graduate: No
GPA. Min.: 3.0+
Status: Fulltime
No. of Awards: 1
Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

Dr. Susan K Ahern came to UHD in 1983 to teach English. As an associate professor, she received the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Later, she served as Department Chair before becoming Dean in 2003. Through her tenure as faculty member and dean, Dr. Ahern had a passion for exposing students to visual, literary, and cultural arts and she worked diligently to develop opportunities to expose UHD students to these creative endeavors.

This award is restricted to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework at UHD, including tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. To be considered for this award, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average that is above 3.0. Please note that awardees must enroll full-time (12 semester credit hours for undergraduates, 9 semester credit hours for graduates) during the semester s/he receives an Ahern scholarship.

To be eligible for the Susan Kiernan Ahern Endowed Scholarship, students must be a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and must be in good academic and financial standing at the university.​​​

Apply for Susan K. Ahern S​chol​arship​​



Dr. Bill Brigman Endowed Scholarship in Political Science

​Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: No
​GPA Min.: 3.0+
​Status: Full time
No. of Awards: 1
Award Amt.: $1,000
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

The Brigman Endowed Scholarship is intended to support student activities in the Political Science program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at UHD. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Political Science faculty.

Applicants may request funding to support any activity to enrich and enhance the study of Political Science including but not limited to the following: tuition assistance, purchase of books, travel to attend a conference, conference registration, student organized political science activities and events at University of Houston-Downtown, etc.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Full-time status in semester of application: undergraduate (at least 12 semester credit hours).
  • Declared political science major.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at UHD.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • In good standing with the university at the time of application.
  • Must enroll in 12 or more semester credit hours at UHD during the period in which the award will be used.
  • Candidates involved in political, community or student activities will be given special consideration.

* Awardees can receive only one Brigman scholarship per academic year.


Apply for Dr. Bill Brigman Endowed Scholarship


Donald R. Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
(For English majors with leadership experience)

Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: No
​GPA Min.: 2.0
​Status: Enrolled
No. of Awards: 1 Award
Award Amt.: ca. $1,000
​Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

This scholarship was established in 1994 thanks to the generosity of Bruce M. Engstrom and Betty J. Engstrom. This scholarship is intended for undergraduate English majors who have proven to be leaders in the University and/or the greater Houston Community.

This award is restricted to expenses associated with credit bearing coursework at UH​D, including tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a declared English major
  • have a cumulative grade point average that is above 2.0

To be eligible for the following award, students must be a declared English major; registered full-time in the semester of their application and award; and be in good academic and financial standing at the university. This is an essay and not a paragraph that should be 350-500 words.

Apply for Donald R. Engstrom Memorial Scholarship​


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Patricia L. Golemon, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: Yes
GPA Min.: 3.0 +
​Status: Full Time or Part-Time
No. of Awards: 1 Award
Award​ Amt.: $400
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

This endowment intends to continue the work of Professor Golemon during her career as an academic at the University of Houston-Downtown. teaching students just not communications theories and practices but about "real-world .. applications of the skills they were learning. Her successful and varied career in business and industry gave her a unique point of view on communications in the corporate setting. She knew that students with strong communication skills could succeed in their chosen fields, and this gift serves to provide students, especially those non-traditional students. an extra opportunity to pursue their educations.​

The scholarship recipient(s) can use funds to cover expenses for tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston-Downtown
  • be pursuing a degree in English, Communication Studies, or Technical Communication.​
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Apply for Patricia L. Golemon, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship Endowment​


International Association of Administrative Professionals - Houston Chapter Endowed Scholarship

Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: No
GPA Min.: 2.5 +
​Status: Enrolled in nine or more credit hours
No. of Awards: 1 Award
Award Amt.: $650
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is a 501 (c)(6) registered not for-profit professional association for office professionals founded in 1942 as the National Secretaries Association. IAAP strives to be the premier network and resource for the administrative profession. We ensure individuals working in office and administrative professions have the opportunity to connect, learn, lead and excel. The Houston Chapter was charted under IAAP on September 28, 1948. From the early years of Houston Chapter's existence, education and advancement of the administrative profession and our community have been at the forefront of the chapter's activities. From creating its first Chapter Scholarship in 1952, at the University of Houston, to establishing an endowment at Sam Houston State University in the early 1980s, to creating this endowed scholarship at the University of Houston-Downtown, the IAAP Houston Chapter has a proud history of partnering with academic institutions and supporting the next generation of administrative professionals.​

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree-seeking student in​ good standing at the University of Houston-Downtown taking a minimum of nine credit hours 
  • be pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies​
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.​

Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are currently employed as an administrative professional or considering a career as an administrative professional.​

Apply for International Association of Administrative Professionals 
Houston Chapter Endowed Scholarship


Dr. Nicole LaRose Memorial Scholarship

Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: Yes
GPA Min.: 3.0
​Status: Full Time
No. of Awards: 1 Award
Award Amt.: $1,000
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

Nicole LaRose was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown who passed away in 2011. This young scholar's published work examined how questions of community, identity, and technology are explored in texts set in urban locations, particularly in London. Dr. LaRose invited her readers to see cities as places of contradiction and confusion, but also as sources of discovery and community.

LaRose Scholarship funds are intended to support expenses associated with credit-bearing coursework and/or research/creative activity in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at UHD. Supported expenses include: tuition, books, fees, supplies for the coming academic semester, travel to attend a conference, and/or travel/admission costs to gather data or view materials (books, art, etc.). Applicants should demonstrate strong writing skills and a research interest that suggests potential for creative/independent thinking. Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty from CHSS.

To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be seeking a major within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • be a certified full-time undergraduate (at least 12 semester credit hours) or graduate (at least 9 semester credit hours) certificate or degree-seeking student in good financial and academic standing at the University of Houston-Downtown.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • be in good financial standing with the university at the time of application.
  • plan to be enrolled at UHD during the period in which the award will be used.

Apply for LaRose Memorial Scholarship


English Scholarship Endowment ​

Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: No​​
GPA Min.: 3.0 +
​Status: Full Time or Part-Time
No. of Awards: 1 Award
Aw​ard Amt.: $250
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

The Bachelor of Arts program in English at the University of Houston-Downtown cultivates and deepens a student's love of ready and writing.  The degree engages students in a lively study of literature, culture, film, and rhetoric to sharpen skills that are most valued by today's employers - clear communication, critical and innovative thinking, analysis and interpretation, and the completion of original research.  The degree program utilizes the study of fiction, poetry, drama, film, nonfiction, and cultural text from around the world to foster a commitment to literacy, diversity, and the public good. 

The scholarship recipient(s) can only use funds to cover expenses for tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston-Downtown
  • ​be pursuing a B.A. degree in English
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Apply for the English Scholarship Endowment​​​​ ​


Technical Communication Scholarship Endowment​​

Undergrad: Yes
​Graduate: No
GPA Min.: 3.0 +
​Status: Full Time or Part-Time
No. of Awards: 2 Awards
Award Amt.: $250
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication and the Master of Science in Technical Communication at University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)  prepare students to work in many areas of communication in business, industry, and the media and government.  Students in technical communication are trained to communicate in digital and print formats. 

The scholarship recipient(s) can only use funds to cover expenses for tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • be a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston-Downtown
  • ​be pursuing a B.S. degree in Technical Communication
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Apply for the Technical Communication Scholarship Endowment​​ ​


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