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Passion for Environmental Conservation Earns Vanessa Alejandro First-ever Udall Scholarship for UH

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May 8, 2014  – With a deep love of nature and a passion for animal and environmental conservation, college sophomore Vanessa Alejandro has been chosen as the first-ever Udall Scholarship winner from the University of Houston (UH).Read more…

Donor Spotlight:John and Susan Thompson

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March 24, 2014 – A red Honda Accord with the license plate, “3COOGS” drives the Thompson family up University Drive and toward the roundabout in front of Cullen Performance Hall. It’s a familiar environment, like a second home, because the University of Houston educated three Thompson daughters and provided them with distinct pathways to success. Read more…

Taking the Lead and Embracing the College Experience


February 12, 2014 – Hard-working, optimistic and outgoing describe Tier One Scholar, Trenton Fuller.  For the junior biology major and Spanish minor, life as a college student has been adventurous and all but mundane. He deals with the stress that comes from being a full-time student by staying active in a number of organizations and by serving fellow Cougars through various leadership positions on campus. Read more…

Trailblazing a Path to Graduate School through Early Research


January 31, 2014 – An early start in research prepared Tier One Scholar and graduating senior Sarah Stanley to successfully garner national research opportunities and admissions to renowned graduate programs.   As a college freshman, Stanley knew she wanted to continue studying mathematics in graduate school. She also knew that getting an early start on research would give her a competitive advantage among other applicants. Read more…

114 Scholars Make the Dean's List


January 17, 2014 – Tier One Scholars continue to excel academically with 114 scholars named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2013.  Read more…

Tier One Scholars develop cross-cultural language skills abroad 

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November 14, 2013 - Today’s workforce is more globally focused than in previous years and new employees often find themselves working with people who are non-native English speakers or working abroad for multi-national companies. Having cross-cultural communications skills has become a competitive advantage in many fields and the norm in others. Employers are showing preferences for applicants who have global experience or who can speak more than one language.Read more...

Tier One Scholar James Wang inspired by refugee parents to excel in academics and Army ROTC leadership


November 11, 2013 - Veteran’s Day is a time to honor those who have made the selfless commitment to serve our country and protect our citizens. This Veteran’s Day, we salute Tier One Scholar James Wang for his excellence as a student and serviceman for the United States of America.Read more...

Tier One Scholars showcase their pride through spirit organizations

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November 4, 2013 - As Homecoming transcends upon the University of Houston, Tier One Scholar Cara Riffe looks into the stands and a sea of cheering students clad in Cougar red gives her an overwhelming sense of exhilaration. Riffe is one of many Tier One Scholars who shows her Cougar Pride through extracurricular activities and proves that being a Scholar doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.Read more...

Student-Athletes Showcase Commitment to Athletics & Academics

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October 18, 2013 – The Tier One Scholarship is an academic scholarship offered at the University of Houston to incoming freshman. It supports up to five years of undergraduate study given the student can maintain a high grade point average.  Read more...

Tier One Scholars Present at Undergraduate Research Day 2013


October 10, 2013 – Tier One Scholars joined 130 undergraduates who presented their research at the annual UH Undergraduate Research Day. Tier One Scholars Stacy Nguy and Cara Riffe were among those who received Outstanding Poster Awards. Six of the eight Tier One Scholar presenters were also recipients of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. All Tier One Scholars receive a $1,000 Research Stipend for conducting research with a faculty mentor. Read more...

Gift from Khators gives New Energy to UH'S Tier One Scholarship Program


September 30, 2013-Houston : University of Houston President Renu Khator and her husband, Suresh, associate dean in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, have contributed more than $100,000 to establish the Renu and Suresh Khator UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment. With matching funding, the endowment was augmented to $200,000, giving new energy to the University’s prestigious Tier One Scholarship Program. Read more...

UH Welcomes 2013 Tier One Scholars


October 11, 2013 - Since 2010, the dawn of each academic year has brought with it a brand new class of Tier One Scholars to the University of Houston. Within each class are future doctors, engineers, political activists, and philanthropists. Throughout their high school years, the 2013 class of Tier One Scholars have excelled both inside and outside of the classroom. Their journey of excellence continues this fall at the University of Houston with the support of the prestigious Tier One Scholarship. Read more...

The Chain Reaction of Giving


Donna and Les Haulbrook ('78) believe their support of the University of Houston's Tier One Scholarship Program should create more than opportunities; it should spark a ripple effect."When alumni give back to UH, and when I give back to UH, we're facilitating the next generation of leaders," said Les, a College of Technology graduate. "At the same time, we're facilitating the opportunity for these new leaders to give back to their University. It's an environment that continues to grow." Read more...

Tier One Scholars Serve as English Language Guides


August 22, 2013 - Making the transition from one’s native country to the United States can be intimidating, challenging, and overwhelming for international students; especially when the transition is to the 4th largest city in America to enroll at the University of Houston, where some 40,000 students currently attend. Through a partnership between the University of Houston’s Language and Culture Center, or LCC, and the UH Fulbright advising office, the Conversation Club was developed. Read more...

Tier One Dinner: An Evening of Recognition and Celebration


March 22, 2013 - The Tier One Scholars Reception and Dinner was held on March 22, 2013 at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. The purpose of the event was to recognize the achievements of current Tier One Scholars, welcome the new class of 2013 Scholars, and acknowledge the generous donors who play a vital role in the Tier One Scholars Program. Read more...

Tier One Scholarship Benefits Pharmacy Students

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March 11, 2013 - The Tier One Scholarship is evolving to become more flexible with students whose interests lie beyond obtaining an undergraduate degree. Three current Tier One Scholars have finished the necessary prerequisites to apply their scholarship toward the University’s College of Pharmacy. Read more...

The Chain Reaction of Giving

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March 5, 2013 - David and Laura Nolen are a prime example of how one act of giving can initiate a chain reaction of generosity, affording many deserving students an education through much needed funding and fulfilling many promises of a brighter future. Read more...

Bauer Dean Puts Money on Students’ Minds

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February 27, 2013 - The dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business showed students how they could apply potential solutions to the fiscal cliff to their personal finances in Thursday’s Research Café. Read more @The Daily Couga

Going Global: Tier One Scholars Take Advantage of Studying Abroad

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December 6, 2012 - Embarking on a study abroad journey opens the door to endless learning experiences for Tier One Scholars. Going abroad enables Scholars to become acquainted with different cultures and appreciate different ethnicities. Read more...

Research Showcase Highlights Scholar Acheivement

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December 4, 2012 - For the Tier One Scholar Research Showcase, seven Scholars presented their craft in an intimate setting, displaying the benefits of research and how they found a mentor for their projects. Read more...

Becoming Tier One Scholars

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October 26, 2012 - For the University of Houston’s Tier One Scholars, freshman year is more than just attending the Cougars home games and meeting up with friends for lunch; it’s about seizing the moment and making the most out of their prestigious opportunity. Read more..

UH Welcomes Most Distinguished Tier One Scholars Class Yet

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September 2012 - Whether it is academics, athletics or the arts, they are the best of the best. Among them are valedictorians, national merit scholars, musicians, UIL competitors, an Eagle Scout and even a children’s book author. They are the 2012 Tier One Scholars at the University of Houston (UH), and they are the largest, most distinguished class since the program’s inception in 2009. Read more...