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$3 Million Gift Funds New Scholarships for Working Students at the University of Houston

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A new, $3 million gift will help reinforce the University of Houston’s long-standing mission to provide students with a world-class education and ensure they are given every opportunity to succeed in and out of the classroom.

The Houston Works Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship support to working junior and senior students in select majors at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, all majors at the Cullen College of Engineering and select majors in the Technology Division.

“It is no secret that the University of Houston is home to hard working students, and that goes double for those Cougars holding down full-time jobs while taking classes,” said Diane Chase, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UH. “This generous gift will provide support for many of our Coogs balancing school with professional obligations. Beyond its impact at UH, it will bolster our region by helping future leaders focus on their studies and prepare to make an impact within their respective communities.”

The generous gift is a significant step in the University’s larger effort to raise $300 million for scholarships.

“Scholarships are more than financial support; they are a testament to the belief in our students' potential,” said Eloise Brice, vice president for advancement and alumni at UH. “By supporting working students, this generous gift reaffirms our commitment to their success and creates a legacy that honors the University’s core values of hard work and commitment."

Funded by an anonymous donor, the scholarship award for full-time students who work at least 20 hours per week will be $4,000 per academic semester, or a maximum annual award of $8,000.

"This generous gift helps to ensure that Bauer College undergraduate students have their opportunity to continue their education and further pursue their goals of graduation, job placement and career success," Dean Paul A. Pavlou said. "These scholarships will reduce students' financial burden and allow them to take advantage of all the experiential learning opportunities available at Bauer College, where The Future Is Our Business!"

The Houston Works Scholarship Fund aims to empower working students to achieve their academic and career goals. Donations to the fund, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million, will make a lasting impact on the lives of students and contribute to the development of a skilled and educated workforce, further strengthening our community and society.

"Thanks to this gift, our students are not just learning, they are innovating, leading, creating, exploring and discovering,” said Pradeep Sharma, interim dean of the Cullen College of Engineering. “This gift will allow the College to continue graduating talented students to meet the needs of the industry."

Recipients of the scholarship awards will be determined by the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid based on students’ applications and working hours. Students must be pursuing a degree in one or more of the following majors: 

  • All engineering majors in the Cullen College of Engineering
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Power Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Technology

Students can apply now through the UH Scholarship Universe portal for awards in the Fall 2024/Spring 2025 academic calendar. For more information, contact the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.

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