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Frequently Asked Questions About the College of Education Scholarship Application Process

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Application

  • Who is eligible to apply for a College of Education scholarship?
    • All applicants must be a current student or have been admitted to UH to apply for a College of Education scholarship. Additionally, each scholarship has requirements that applicants must meet as defined by the individual scholarship criteria.
  • How do I apply for multiple scholarships?
    • Applicants submit only one application. The Scholarship Committee will review each student's application and determine which College of Education scholarships are available for that applicant. Applicants may receive more than one scholarship.
  • How do I log in to the scholarship application?
    • Please note that you must be a current student or have been admitted to UH to apply for a College of Education scholarship. 
    • Make sure you have a Cougarnet account set up by UH Information Technology. Log in to the application using your Cougarnet credentials (these are tied to your UH email address). For example, if your email address is jsmith1@cougarnet.uh.edu:
      • CougarNet Username: jsmith1
      • CougarNet Password: xxxxxxxx
If you don’t know your username or password, use the CougarNet Password Wizard for help. Still unable to log in? Please submit a question to the College’s scholarship team, and we will get back to you within 48 hours during normal business operations.
  • Will you accept a hard copy of the scholarship application and required documents instead of the online application?
    • No. Only applications that have been submitted online with the required uploaded documents will be accepted. Applicants may access the application using the CITE computer lab in Farish Hall or the computer lab in the M.D. Anderson Library on campus. High school students may visit their school’s college counselor or an administrator for computer access.
  • When does the application open and close?
    • Opens: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at 8 a.m.
    • Closes: Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at noon
  • I will be starting classes as a new student in the upcoming semester. May I apply for a College of Education scholarship?
    • Yes, although not all of the scholarships are available to new students.
  • I will graduate in the upcoming spring. Do I qualify for a scholarship? 
    • No, scholarship funds this application period are for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters.
  • I am a part-time student. Am I eligible for a scholarship?
    • Yes, a limited number of scholarships are available to part-time students.
  • What GPA is required?
    • GPA requirements vary for each scholarship. Please review the Available Scholarships page for each scholarship’s criteria. However, applicants do not have to determine their own eligibility. The Scholarship Committee will determine an applicant's eligibility for each scholarship.
  • If I major in one area (e.g., mathematics) but my minor is in education, can I still qualify for a College of Education scholarship?
    • Yes.

Financial need

  • How do I demonstrate that I am seeking a scholarship based upon financial need?
    • The College of Education encourages you to complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you have not already done so. You do not need to submit any FAFSA forms or tax records to the Scholarship Committee.

Documents to be submitted

  • Does my transcript have to be an official copy?
    • No. You may go online to your student account and download an unofficial transcript. Go to your account at AccessUH. Select myUH, Academic Records and then UH Official Transcript on the left menu to download an unofficial transcript.
  • Do I need to provide written letters of recommendation?
    • No, simply provide name and contact information, and a recommendation form will be sent to your references.
  • In addition to a College of Education professor, can I list as a reference someone outside of the College?
    • Yes. However, if you are a currently enrolled student, you must have at least one College of Education faculty member, advisor or staff member listed as reference. The second reference may be someone else familiar with you and your work such as teachers, professors, school counselors, advisors, coaches, leaders of an organization you are associated with, and former or current employers.
  • What are best practices for asking someone to be a reference?
    • Ask potential references far in advance of the deadline if they are comfortable and willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Choose individuals who can speak to your academic and/or professional work. You can share your academic and professional goals with the potential reference and let them know the importance of the scholarship to you. Let the reference know the deadline upfront and email them a friendly reminder before the deadline. At the end of the process, send your references a thank you message.

Award notification

  • How will I know whether or not I have been awarded a scholarship?
    • The notification letters will be emailed in April 2022 to your email address on file in PeopleSoft after the Scholarship Committee has made its selections.
  • If awarded a scholarship, how will I receive the funds?
    • Student Financial Services will post the awarded funds to your student account at the beginning of the fall/spring academic year.
  • When can I access my award funds?
    • During the period for which the award was funded, usually beginning the next academic year.
  • What happens if I plan to graduate at the end of the fall semester or will not be enrolled in 12 credit hours for the awarded semester?
    • Please fill out our scholarship questions form and explain the situation. If appropriate, approval will be given to combine both fall and spring payments into your last semester. Decisions to do so will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you need additional help, please submit a question to the College’s scholarship team, and we will get back to you within 48 hours during normal business operations.

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