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José F. Hernández Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

WCL has a new scholarship, the José F. Hernández Memorial Scholarship. It is open only to WCL Majors and Minors enrolled in at least 12 semester hours who have attended UH the present academic year (2021-2022) and plan to attend the following academic year (2022-2023). 

Students applying need to submit by March 30, 2022 

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. Paragraph describing financial need and academic interests 
  3. Letter of recommendation from a UH faculty member 
  4. UH Transcript 

For the application, please fill out the form requesting the following information 

  1. Full name (same as registered at UH)
  2. People Soft #
  3. Home address and phone number
  4. Classification 
  5. UH Cougarnet email 
  6. Secondary email 
  7. Expected graduation date
  8. WCL area of concentration
  9. Major and Minor

Please email your application packet to or to and put on the subject line WCL Scholarship. DEADLINE to apply, March 30, 2022

José F. Hernández  (1923-2017) owned a business in Fort Bend County for over fifty years. He was a staunch advocate for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans, and was the first person of color to integrate the city of Rosenberg, which he did in 1956. 

He was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, migrating to the United States with his parents when he was six months old. He served in the Philippines in World War II.

World Cultures and Literatures (WCL) Internship ($1000)

Each semester the World Cultures & Literatures Program (WCL) awards up to THREE scholarships supporting students to do internships at a cultural institution in Houston.
Scholarships will carry an award of $1000 to support a semester long internship during the Spring and Fall semesters.
Students can also earn 3- course credits by concurrently enrolling for WCL 4398 Independent Study. Course credits count for graduation hours, CLASS block or the WCL major.
Please speak to your advisor or to the WCL major advisors, Lauren Till and Maricella Villanueva (leabbott@Central.UH.EDU) or mvillan4@Central.UH.EDU) to ensure that this opportunity and course fits with your graduation requirements.
Scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding skill in WCL coursework, as well as exemplary knowledge of and continued interest in matters related to language, literature, art and film. The goal of this scholarship is to support WCL students in exploring new careers and fields in cultural work as well as professional and civic leadership.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students will be able to apply for the internship if they have taken a WCL class or will take a WCL class in the semester they are carrying out the internship
  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.0 and above


This scholarship is funded by a grant from Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE).