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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need help paying for college?

  • The University of Houston offers student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The College of Education offers numerous scholarships for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with some opportunities for incoming freshmen. The college also offers graduate fellowships to help reduce tuition costs.
    • Please contact your specific department for information about fellowships.

College of Education Scholarships

The College of Education is committed to supporting the educational pursuits of our students and encourage all to apply for our scholarships. The application period for funds to be used during the 2018-19 academic year opens Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 8 a.m. and closes Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Scholarship Application Process:

For most scholarships, applicants must be current, full-time undergraduate, graduate or certificate-seeking students at the University of Houston College of Education and must have completed at least one semester at UH. All application information is submitted online.

Step 1: Review

Carefully review the list of scholarships to see GPA requirements, area of specialization and other criteria.

Step 2: Prepare

You will complete one application and upload one set of materials. The committee will review your application only for scholarships for which you meet the criteria.

Prepare the following materials: 

  1. A written narrative (written on one page, double-spaced, 12-point font, saved as a PDF document):
    Answer the question, "What makes you a strong candidate for a COE scholarship?"  Review these writing tips.
  2. Reference contact information
    You will need to provide two professional references, including at least one College of Education faculty member. On the online application, you will be asked to submit each reference's name, title, institution/organization and email address. Your references then will be emailed a link to the confidential reference form and will submit the form directly back to the Scholarship Committee. Please make sure you have asked your references first for permission to list their name and email address. Those applicants who do not have two completed references will not be eligible for a scholarship.
  1. A professional resume
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. Taxdocuments (if applying for need-based scholarships only). Please submit the first page of the Form 1040 or 1040Z (Individual Income Tax Return - see example).
  4. FERPA statement (Form No. OGC-SF-2006-02). The form is available on the online application.
    Note: Please enter "College of Education Scholarship Committee" next to "This information may be released to" on the FERPA form.
  5. Optional written submissions
    • If you’re interested in the Leslie and Kim Wheless Scholarship, which targets aspiring teachers, please submit an essay of one page or less sharing your vision of what your future students will gain in your class and how you will help them become better citizens.
    • If you’re interested in the Norman I. Kagan Scholarship, please submit a five-page abstract detailing the nature of your dissertation research.
    • If you’re interested in the Faith Gladstone Marshall Scholarship, please explain and confirm your commitment to the realization of the individual potential through education.

Step 3: Submit required documents via the online application

After you have completed the application, you will have until midnight of the final due date to finalize your document submission. All required documents must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Paul Roch at If you encounter any difficulties with the online application, please contact the College of Education at

Step 4: Notice of award and requirements

Applicants will receive notice of award via email in mid- to late March 2018. All successful applicants must attend the College of Education’s Star Awards event – honoring scholarship recipients, donors, alumni and other supporters – on April 25, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UH Hilton. Please save the date now.