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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.

WCL Internship ($750)

Each semester, the World Cultures and Literatures (WCL) Program awards several scholarships supporting students to do internships. As part of the scholarship, students will complete an internship with a local business and write a brief paper demonstrating “teamwork” and “cultural competency.”

Scholarships recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding skill in WCL coursework, as well as exemplary knowledge of and continued interest matters related to language, literature, art and film. The goal of this scholarship is to support the future trajectory and professional careers of outstanding WCL students.

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

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in the WCL major or minor
  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.0 and above