Student Funding Opportunities

Building Leaders, Advancing Research, Impacting Lives: Undergraduate Scholarships in AAS

African American Studies (AAS) remains committed to recognizing academically talented AAS minors and advancing student interests and participation within the discipline on a national and international level. To this end, the program provides resources and funding to assist today’s africologists in critically studying the human experience through attendance at national research conferences, study abroad opportunities, and by helping to defray the costs associated with attending college.

AAS offers two types of academic scholarships to eligible students: tuition based scholarships that help cover tuition related costs associated with attending the University of Houston, and book scholarships that go toward defraying the costs of student textbooks. Moreover, AAS provides students with advanced research opportunities and an introduction to primary sources through its study abroad program to Ghana (West Africa). AAS will continue its advancement and support for student education and research initiatives at the University of Houston. The program’s commitment to student funding remains imperative to providing a robust and logistically sound platform upon which to make this objective a concrete reality.

2015-2016 Undergraduate Scholarships in AAS

Deadline: March 6, 2015 (5:00pm, CST)

Eligibility: To be eligible for scholarships in African American Studies:

  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 cr. hrs.)
  • You must have completed 12 hours of undergraduate credit in residence at the University of Houston
  • You must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the specific scholarship to which you are applying.

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS (for tuition)

Mrs. Debbie Haley Academic Scholarship:

Established by Mrs. Debbie Haley and African American Studies, this scholarship provides funding to students with declared minors in African American Studies who demonstrate leadership qualities, are involved in a UH African American outreach program, and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The amount of this award is $1,000.

Friends of African American Studies Scholarship:

Established in 1999 by supporters of African American Studies throughout the Houston community, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies and whose GPAs are at least 2.5. The amount of this award is $1,000. Scholarships are awarded annually in the name of an important person of African world heritage.

Sylvester Turner Academic Distinction Scholarship:

Established in 2006 to provide funding to students who demonstrate leadership qualities, interest in pursuing a career in public service and in providing services to lower income, disadvantaged communities through education, economic development, social services, health care, etc., and whose GPAs are at least 3.5. The amount of this award is $1,000.

John J. Moores, Sr. Academic Achievement Scholarship:

Established in 2006 to provide funding to students who demonstrate leadership qualities, a regard for the welfare of humankind and/or an interest in pursuing a career dedicated to humanitarian principles or practices, and whose GPAs are at least 3.0. The amount of this award is $1,000.

Dr. Ira B. Bryant, Jr. Academic Scholarship:

Established in 2005 in honor of the great Houstonian educator and civil rights leader, this scholarship provides funding to students who have declared minors in African American Studies.

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS (for Textbooks)

Dr. Julius Thompson Memorial Book Scholarship in African American Studies

Established by African American Studies in 2008, this scholarship assists students with their book fees.

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS (Study Abroad)

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah International Study Scholarship:

Available to UH-matriculated undergraduate students enrolled in six (6) credit hours and graduate students enrolled in three (3) hours of African American Studies Summer IV Session International Study courses to the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa.

Applications

Contact Informations:

629 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3047
Tel: (713) 743-2811
Fax: (713) 743-2818

Graduate Assistantships

African American Studies Graduate Assistantships:

This award, established in 1995, was initiated to recruit outstanding students for graduate study at the University of Houston pursuing M.A. or Ph.D. degrees in research related to or in the disciplinary field of African American studies. Graduate assistants work 20 hours weekly on various assignments as required by the African American Studies program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for graduate assistantships in African American Studies after submitting a completed application form:

  • You must be admitted into an academic department and pursuing a specific graduate degree
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student (9 credit hours) or be full-time certified, if eligible, during the receipt of the assistantship
  • You must not be an employee of the University of Houston.

Employment as a Graduate Assistant is subject to the University Policies for Graduate Student Assistantships in the University of Houston Graduate Catalog. http://www.uh.edu/grad_catalog/grad_assistantship/uh_policy.html