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Cougar Experience Scholarship

Student success is the University of Houston’s top priority, and the Cougar Experience Scholarship is an exciting award for students who make campus life even more vibrant by living in a residence hall and playing an active role in campus activities. First-time freshmen admitted by January 15, 2020, for the Fall 2020 semester are potentially eligible for the Cougar Experience Scholarship. This award in not renewable and does not include an in-state tuition waiver.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify selected scholarship winners after the application process has closed and the selection committee has reviewed all of the submitted essays. The notification period will begin during the month of April.

Award Amount:
$4,000 ($2,000 for the fall semester, $2,000 for the spring semester; the money may only be applied toward UH residence hall expenses for the first year in college)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed the FAFSA or TASFA by January 15, 2020
  • Have financial need
  • Submit a short essay (located within the application) by April 13, 2020.
  • If selected, live in Cougar Village II your first year
  • Actively participate in two campus life activities during the school year.

All completed applications will be carefully reviewed for scholarship consideration. Selected students will be contacted with next steps.

Deadline for Submissions:
April 13, 2020

Award Date: 
April 17, 2020

Please click on the Cougar Experience Scholarship application link to complete the application process.

Cougar Experience Scholarship application

If you have any questions, email