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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to compete for the Tier One Scholarship, graduating high school seniors must have:

  • scored a minimum SAT of 1300 on the critical reading and math sections (29 ACT composite),
  • ranked in the top 10 percent of their class,*
  • been admitted to the University of Houston in the Fall semester immediately following their high school graduation,
  • be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or hold a Temporary Resident Card (form I-668 or I-668-A) as provided by the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986.

*Students should consult the University Funded Scholarships webpage for instructions for high schools that do not rank or if the class rank is not listed on the official transcript. Students who are home-schooled are not eligible to receive the Tier One Scholarship. 

Upon admission to the University of Houston, students who meet these initial eligibility requirements will receive a personal letter of invitation from the university explaining all of the steps necessary to compete for the Tier One Scholarship.

To be eligible for the Tier One Scholarship, the UH admissions application must be completed as soon as possible but preferably no later than December 1. High-achieving students are encouraged to submit their application for admissions as soon as possible for consideration of other merit-based scholarships such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship.

To maintain the Tier One Scholarship, current scholars must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each Fall/Spring semester with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete a total of 30 credit hours at UH for the academic year.

For more information about the Tier One Scholarship, please visit the Benefits sections of the Tier One Scholars website.  Prospective students should also visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).