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The Center for Student Empowerment (CSE) provides opportunities for the university's vast student population by preventing minor obstacles from becoming major setbacks to degree achievement. The services that CSE offers have been strategically chosen to develop CSE students into well-trained career professionals.

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Join CSE

All students are welcome to receive the benefits and services of our program. To join the Center for Student Empowerment, a student must complete the application and schedule a meeting with CSE staff, where they will share their academic goals and explore ways that CSE can be an advocate for their success at the University of Houston.

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Pillar Programs

The Center for Student Empowerment offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of its diverse members.

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    Circle Time with CSE

    Our workshop design is to provide valuable information and support to help you manage your mental health and well-being.

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    First Generation Coogs

    Our first Generation Initiatives are to increase retention and graduation rates, normalize experiences with first gen peers, connect students with positive adult role models and mentors, partner students with support, and create networking opportunities with community organizations.

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    Alonzo Cantu Scholars

    The Alonzo Cantu Scholarship is for incoming freshmen at the University of Houston who graduated from any high school in Hidalgo County, Texas.

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    Excellence Scholars Training

    The Excellent Scholars Training Program seeks to provide academic support and professional development to first generation, low income, underserved students across all majors and empower them with the necessary tools and resources for success.

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    G-Force Work-Study Program

    The G-Force Work-Study Mentorship Program seeks to hire college students to serve as mentors to assist students through outreach, mentoring, and tutoring activities. Mentors promote higher education to local area high school students as well as help with retention for current college students.


Looking for ways to fund your education? If you can demonstrate academic excellence and leadership, you may qualify for a UH scholarship at the University of Houston.

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    Empowerment Award

    This award is designed to improve the retention rate of the University of Houston and increase the number of successful UH graduates by alleviating some of the financial burdens of college and enable active CSE students to concentrate on their studies.

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    Encouragement Award

    This award is designed to improve the retention rate of the University of Houston and increase the number of successful UH graduates by acknowledging the academic achievement of active CSE students that have persevered in their academic studies while developing as a leader.

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