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Scholarships and Sponsorships

Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams

The Language and Culture Center recognizes that funding is the biggest obstacle for international students wanting to study in the United States. Scholarships can overcome this obstacle by permitting students to pursue their educational and professional dreams and to focus their energies on their studies rather than on the escalating cost of higher education and living expenses.

Responding to this need, the Language and Culture Center awards three scholarships each term to returning students who best combine academic excellence and leadership with international awareness and cross-cultural understanding. Traditionally, one full scholarship honors Joyce Valdes, the founder and first director of the LCC. A second full scholarship honors Joseph Davidson, who served as director of the LCC for 23 years before retiring in 2006. A third full scholarship honors the memory of Brad Powell who was a dedicated member of the Language and Culture Center staff from 2002 to 2014 and touched the lives of students and colleagues as a teacher, a counselor, and the Program Director of Counseling and Students Services. Joyce Valdes, Joseph Davidson, and Brad Powell committed their professional careers to cross-cultural understanding and international educational exchange. These three full scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, and medical insurance for one term of study in the intensive English program.

Only current Language and Culture Center students may apply for these scholarships.

Over the years, well deserving scholarship recipients have come from countries on five continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America).

Establishing a Legacy of Scholarship Support

With the Valdes, Davidson, and Powell scholarships, the Language and Culture Center has established a tradition of scholarship support that has benefited many worthy students. We invite private donors to contribute to this legacy. Your endowed or non-endowed gift will enable qualified Language and Culture Center students to acquire the English language and cross cultural communication skills they need to meet the challenges of a global marketplace.

We hope you will be a part of our future.

Initiating Your Gift

To learn more about how you can become a supporter of the Language and Culture Center and its mission, contact the Director at or call 1-713-743-3030

Please direct all inquiries to:

  • Director
  • University of Houston
  • Language and Culture Center
  • 116 R. Cullen Building
  • Houston, Texas 77204-3014
  • U.S.A.

List of all Scholarship Recipients