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Scholarships

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) encourages students to pursue studies in the sciences and mathematics through the scholarship program. 

Applications for 2014-2015 academic year scholarships are due February 21, 2014. Instructions on how to apply are listed on this page. Please use the online application forms below to apply for NSM scholarships. The application period opens each year on November 1.

Applicants are considered for all NSM scholarships for which they may be qualified.

NSM Alumni Association (NSMAA) also has scholarships available; more information on those scholarships and how to apply can be found on the NSMAA Scholarships page. The deadline for NSMAA scholarships is April 18, 2014.

Additional scholarship/funding opportunities may be available at the departmental level.  Graduate student fellowship opportunities are listed on the Graduate Scholarships page.

Scholarship Application Forms

NSM Scholarships

NSM has several scholarships available for incoming students and continuing undergraduate and graduate students.

You only need to apply once each year to be considered for all NSM scholarships for which you qualify. Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds. List of scholarships.

Application Review

The NSM Scholarship Committee, which includes a faculty representative from each of the college's six departments, administers NSM scholarships. The reviewing committee evaluates all applications and informs students of the results of its deliberations.

Information for Applicants

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Eligibility

Incoming Freshmen

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior with an SAT score of at least 1200 (or ACT score of 16 or better), and must meet all other admission requirements for the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) as a major in any of the NSM disciplines, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester 2014, and enroll in and complete a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the spring 2015 semester.

Continuing Undergraduates

Applicant must be an undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Houston, must be a major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in all courses taken at UH, and must have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

Graduate Students

Applicant must be a graduate student in good standing at the University of Houston, must be a major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher in all science/mathematics courses taken at UH, and must have 18 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of nine semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

NSM scholarships are open to all eligible individuals. There are no restrictions to applicants based on sex, race, age, nationality, religion, disability, or country of origin.


Selection Criteria

The scholarship committee shall consider scholarship, leadership, civic and community involvement, as well as content and style of presentation of the essay in making the selection. Scholarship forms the most important component of an application, and the committee(s) shall determine the relative weight given to other criteria.


Eligibility for Other Scholarships and Financial Aid

Recipients of any of these scholarships may apply for (and accept) other scholarships, grants, or awards for which the recipients are eligible. However, if a recipient applies for financial aid, these awards may be used in calculating the eligibility level of the recipient’s financial aid.


Application Deadline

Applications must be received by the close of the business day (5 p.m.) on Friday, February 21, 2014. The college will accept scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 academic year beginning November 1, 2013. The scholarship committee meets regularly, beginning late in the fall semester, to consider completed applications on a continuing basis.   You are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds.


How to Apply

  1. Complete only one application form to be considered for any NSM scholarships for which you are eligible.
  2. Application materials include the online scholarship application form, an official or certified copy of your transcript (high school transcript for incoming freshmen; UH transcript for continuing students), and the required essay.
  3. We encourage applicants to complete and submit the scholarship application online. Links to online forms for incoming freshmen or for continuing students are at the top of this page. Please print a copy for your records before submitting the online application.
  4. Applicants who prefer not to submit the application online, should print the online application and mail it with the transcript and required essay.
  5. Whether the application is submitted online or by mail, applicants must mail their transcript to:

    University of Houston
    Scholarship Committee (Attn: Ian Evans)
    College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    214 Science & Research Bldg. 1, Suite 202
    Houston, Texas 77204-5008

Notification of Scholarship Award

Scholarship recipients will be notified when a scholarship is awarded or by late May or early June 2014 at the latest.


Scholarship Fund Disbursements

Made in two equal increments (fall ’14 and spring ’15) directly into the recipient's student account upon verification of enrollment, major, and minimum qualification requirements.


Forfeiture

Failure of the recipient to register for classes (at least 12 semester credit hours for undergraduates and nine semester credit hours for graduate students) by the published UH late registration deadline will constitute an automatic forfeiture of the scholarship.


Other Sources of Financial Assistance

There are numerous sources of financial assistance for qualified students.