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Scholars Academy

About Scholars Academy

The UHD Scholars Academy (SA) is an academically competitive program in the College of Science and Technology (CST) that promotes scholarship and student success for UHD undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A major part of our mission is to increase the number of academically capable students graduating with degrees in the STEM fields, and to increase the number of those choosing to further pursue graduate and professional degrees. This competitive program has been made possible by generous funding from The Brown Foundation, Inc., National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Research Office, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Welch Foundation, and UHD Donors.

Most Scholars are graduates of Houston area high schools; however, many are also international students. More details.

Scholars participate in special extracurricular activities and classes. They enroll in small mathematics and science classes taught by selected full-time faculty (no graduate teaching assistants). Classrooms and laboratories are equipped with latest teaching technologies and engineering/scientific equipment. Scholars participate in academic seminars, fieldtrips to STEM-related sites, community service, and research internships.

Each Academy student is awarded a scholarship ranging from $3,200 to over $5,000 per academic year (the average is $4,000). Summer stipends are also given for research participation for specific scholarships. At UH-Downtown, tuition and fees cost about $2,500 a semester for full-time residential students. Scholars may also apply and receive additional financial assistance, such as the TEXAS grant and Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

UHD is one of four freestanding, self-administered institutions in the University of Houston System, located in Houston, Texas, USA. With roughly 13,000 students enrolled, UH-Downtown is a public four-year undergraduate university, beginning expansion into graduate programs. UHD's dynamic campus is located in downtown Houston, the heart of Houston's central business district.

With dedicated faculty, small classes and innovative course options, UHD offers excellent educational opportunities in about 40 bachelor's degree programs. UHD prepares individuals to thrive in the multicultural workplace of the 21st century through interaction with its richly diverse student population. At UHD, the emphasis is on teaching excellence and student success.

Please feel free to contact us with comments or questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Last updated or reviewed on 10/29/10

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