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This scholarship is designed to help support students in the teacher education program at the University of Houston – Downtown. Specifically, the scholarship will help each recipient to purchase a computer or any other electronic device as needed to support the student's education. This award can be used also to purchase textbooks.

Awards will be made in the amount of $600.00 per student once a year in the spring semester. Two scholarships will be awarded.

When an award is made to a student the funds will be placed in an account specifically for that student at the University of Houston-Downtown Scholarship account. A recipient of this scholarship will have one academic year in which to spend his or her award on a computer or electronic device or textbooks.

Requirements for receiving the scholarship:

  • Students who have been officially admitted to the Urban Education program.
  • Students who have a minimum 2.9 GPA.
  • Students who have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, a commitment to teaching in urban schools, and community involvement.
  • Student issued transcript.

Letter of Application:

Letter of application will include the statement and questions below:

Please submit a typed personal statement titled "William Joseph 'Dr. Joe' Kortz Memorial Scholarship". The statement should be 500 words in length and include:

  • Career objectives
  • Community service in which you may have been involved
  • Special honors and awards you may have earned
  • Outside activities and family commitments
  • Other personal information which you would like to share


Scholarship applications will be due on APRIL 1 (5pm) for the 2015 award. Scholarship applications should be addressed to Dr. Maria Bhattacharjee ( or call 713-221-8096) , Department of Urban Education.

Scholarships applications will be reviewed by the William Joseph "Dr. Joe" Scholarship Committee in the College of Public Service, and awards will be granted on May.

Accountability of students who receive the award:

Students who receive the award will write a letter to the William Joseph "Dr. Joe" Kortz Memorial Scholarship committee giving an account of their activities and learning experiences related to receiving the award.

These letters will be due no later than one year following the date of their award. [For example, a student who receives the award in May, 2014 will submit a letter to the William Joseph "Dr. Joe" Kortz Memorial Scholarship committee on or before May, 2015.]

These letters should be submitted to the William Joseph "Dr. Joe" Kortz Memorial Scholarship Committee in the College of Public Service, c/o Dr. Maria Bhattacharjee. These letters will be with shared with the Kortz family.


Last updated or reviewed on 6/26/14

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