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Staff Council and WGRC Scholarships


The University of Houston Staff Council and the Women and Gender Resource Center are dedicated to providing opportunities for staff members to advance their education.

In an effort to simplify the application process and to promote the wider distribution of the available scholarships, Staff Council and the Women and Gender Resource Center are pleased to announce that we have combined the applications.

By completing one application, you will have applied for both scholarships.

The Women and Gender Resource Center provides five $1,000 scholarships and the Staff Council provides ten $1,000 scholarships to employees who plan to attend degree or job-related academic credit classes during the fall, spring, or summer semesters at the University of Houston.

Application period for the 2023-2024 academic year:
February 1, 2023 - March 15, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

2023-2024 Applications Deadline: March 15th at 5 p.m.

  • Criteria

    To be considered for these two gender-neutral scholarships, the staff member must meet the following criteria.

    • Must be employed in a full-time, benefits-eligible position at the UH Main, UH at Katy, or UH at Sugar Land campus for at least one year as of February 1st of this current year.
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
    • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence and the potential to succeed.
  • How to Apply

    Each applicant shall submit an application packet containing the following information by March 15th, at 5 PM. (Incomplete packets will not be reviewed).

    1. Complete and submit the scholarship application form and upload all other documents listed below in PDF format. Log in to MS Forms using your Cougarnet credentials. 
    2. Application cover sheet (Signed by UH staff member).
    3. Typed essay (maximum one page, double-spaced, 12-point font, no exception) explaining career goals (professional objectives) and personal statement (why you believe you should receive this scholarship).
    4. Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be as specific as possible.
    5. Your resume. The resume should include awards, honors, achievements, work experience, and activities.
    6. Most recent transcripts of the student. The transcript does not need to be an official copy, but it must be legible.
    7. FERPA release form to confirm GPA and enrollment eligibility. Select "Main" and checkmark the Office of the University Registrar, Scholarships and Financial Aid, and Other (Staff Council). 


    If you have any questions, please contact

  • Selection and Award Process

    A Staff Council/Women and Gender Resource Center committee ranks the applications in a blind review process and selects the top fifteen applicants to receive scholarships proportional to the number of applicants at each degree level (undergraduate or graduate).

    • The scholarship is credited to the recipient’s UH academic account when proof of registration is received.
    • The scholarship is credited to an academic course (not audit or continuing education) for UH credit during the 2023-2024 fiscal year (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or Summer 2024).
    • The scholarship can only be applied during the academic year for which it is awarded and cannot be moved forward. Any recipient who cannot utilize the scholarship within the year should notify the UH Staff Council Scholarship Committee or the Women and Gender Resource Center. Recipients must still be employed by the University on the first day of class of the semester in which they take the class.
    • A previous recipient may re-apply annually for these Scholarships. The recipient may receive only one scholarship each year.

Past Recipients

  • 2022-2023 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

    Krystle Emerson
    Senior Library Specialist, Law Library
    Major: Pre-Business Administration

    Sarah Flores
    Asst. Director, Student Center Events Services
    Major: MS Hospitality Management

    July Lam
    Financial Coordinator 1, Hotel and Restaurant Management
    Major: Certificate Accountancy

    Erika Neal
    Academic Advisor, Bauer College of Business
    Major: MED Higher Education

    Caroline Neary
    Senior Research Analyst, Undergraduate academic Affairs
    Major: PhD Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies

    Hope Pacheco
    Asst. Dean of Students, Dean of Students
    Major: PhD Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies

    Giovanni Rosselli
    Alumni Relations Director, Dean’s Office Bauer College
    Major: MPA Public Administration

    Jesus Sanchez
    Financial Coordinator 1, UIT Business Services
    Major: MA History

    Alice Yang
    Program Director 1, Dean of Honors College
    Major: MS Human Resource Development

  • Past Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

     2021 - 2022 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

    Maricela Barrientos
    Anneliese Bustillo
    Nancy Sanger
    Lan Chi Nguyen
    Kirstyn Speich
    Dina Padovan
    Alanna Khubieh
    Xaymara Garza
    David Salazar
    Melissa Nieto


    2020 - 2021 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

    Michael Ahlf
    Sarah Noelle Cantu
    Caitlin Deis
    Kaitlyn Dempsey
    Paul Durisseau
    Caroline Neary
    Kevin C. Nguyen
    Margarita Perez Frinsco
    Ellen Shaw
    Elizabeth Vanessa Vasquez


     2019 - 2020 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

    Gillian Bautista 
    Candace Guy-Anzaldua
    Lan Chi Nguyen
    Dina Padovan

    Elizabeth Wingfield 


    2018 - 2019 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

    Lauren Abbott
    Keri Myrick
    Trang Phan
    Hayley Brown
    Esmeralda Valdez
    Molly Niemczyk
    Candace Guy Anzaldua


    2017 - 2018 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients

    William Clayton
    Stephanie King
    Saira Nadeem
    Sarah Borders
    Miranda Lindsey
    Sam Byrd
    Michael Ahlf


    2016 - 2017 Staff Council Scholarship Recipients  

    Michael Ahlf
    Amanda Anderson
    Sarah Borders
    Andrew Kapral
    Moises Medina
    Saira Nadeem
    Farideh Nekoobahr
    Tan Feng Pao
    Trang Phan


  • 2022-2023 WGRC Scholarship Recipients

    Women & Gender Resource Center Scholarship Recipients

    Cindy Paz
    Program Director 1, Dean of Honors College
    Major: MBA Business Administration

    Melissa Nieto
    Academic Advisor 3, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutic
    Major: MPA Public Administration

    Kirstyn Speich
    Project Manager, Alumni Relations
    Major: MA Mass Communication

    Daniel Chang
    Academic Programs Director, Office of the Provost
    Major: MPA Public Administration

Related Links

  • Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC)

    The mission of the Women & Gender Resource Center is to promote gender equity and student success through educating, empowering, and supporting the UH community.
  • Staff Tuition Scholarship Program

    The Staff Tuition Scholarship Program is designed to support and encourage employee development through formal education, with a priority on the attainment of a baccalaureate degree and beyond at the University of Houston.

    Please read the Staff Tuition Scholarship Program Guidelines before applying. If you have questions please contact the HR Service Center at 713.743.3988.