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Financial Assistance

Beatrice and Jesse Mladenka-Fowler Scholarship

The Mladenka-Fowler Scholarship is made possible by a generous gift to CCS. The scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time UH undergraduate students who encounter unforeseen economic hardships that might otherwise oblige them to withdraw from full-time progress towards graduation.


  • Priority given to first-generation college students, qualified for in-state tuition;
  • Enrolled full-time and in “Good Academic Standing” with a minimum of 90 completed credit hours at the beginning of the semester for which the Scholarship is sought;

  • On track to complete all requirements for graduation within two semesters or an otherwise reasonable time frame from the beginning of the semester for which the Scholarship is sought;

  • Priority given to majors in the Liberal Studies program, but all majors housed within the Department of Comparative CulturalStudies (CCS) are eligible to apply, and in exceptional cases, other majors in CLASS may also be given consideration;

  • Qualified for Financial Aid, with priority given to demonstrated, unanticipated short-term financial hardship.

Application Materials

  • Mladenka-Fowler Application Form: Print, sign, and submit with the materials below to the CCS office (McElhinney 233).
  • Official Degree Plan, and certification from major advisor of academic standing and anticipated graduation date.
  • Application Statement, including details of: 1) first-generation college status (if applicable); 2) work, family, community, UH student organization obligations; 3) financial situation, specifying short-term financial hardship circumstances; 4) amount of financial assistance sought, and justification of this amount; and 4) plan for completing UH degree program.
  • Letter of Reference from a UH faculty or staff person, or outside person such as medical doctor or clergy, who is personally familiar with and can attest to the applicant’s qualifications required for this scholarship. (It is not required to have a UH personnel letter).
  • Supporting documentation, providing evidence of the specific financial hardship circumstances described in the application, and/or evidence demonstrating the need for the specific amount of scholarship funding requested.

Submit ALL five parts of the application together (in hard copy)
to the department administrator in the CCS office (McElhinney 233).

Deadlines: May 1 for Fall semester disbursement; October 1 for Spring semester disbursement. In case of financial emergency, applications may be submitted at any time, and awards will be made as needed.

For further information, contact: Dr. Luca Oliva, Program Coordinator of Liberal Studies Program, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies:  loliva@Central.UH.EDU