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Educational Awards

2023 Application Period is CLOSED

The University Classified Staff Council (UCSC) has established and annually administers the Educational Award Program for children of full-time UTHealth Houston classified employees. The purpose is to identify and honor high school students and to aid as many as possible.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must meet all requirements below and submit a complete application packet:

  • Be a student who is completing high school and will be beginning their college career the coming fall. 
  • Be a child of full-time UTHealth Houston classified employee (who has worked full-time for at least a year at UTHealth Houston) are eligible to compete for this award. 
  • Enter an accredited U.S. college the following fall semester as a full-time student and pursue a course of study leading to either an associate or baccalaureate degree. 
  • Include a letter of acceptance from an accredited U.S. school (required when the application is submitted).

How to Apply:
Submit completed application along with digital documents.
Requirements for students applying for an award:
  • UCSC Educational Award application
  • SAT or ACT score
  • GPA (must be on a 4.0 scale)
  • Sealed official high school transcript (sent directly from high school)
  • A record or description of volunteerism, awards, honors, or extracurricular activities at the school or community level
  • A letter of acceptance from an accredited university or college
  • Letters of reference from two professionals (teacher, employer, etc.), cannot be a relative
  • One page essay, double-spaced, on your career goals and how this award would benefit you

Recipient Selection

An impartial committee will select the recipient(s) by evaluating each eligible student's redacted application packet.

 Applications are judged on:

  1. Preparedness to begin college 
  2. Evidence of prior scholastic achievement
  3. Clearly-stated educational objectives and career goals
  4. Evidence of volunteerism, awards, honors, or extracurricular activities at the school or community level

Award recipient(s) will be selected without regard to financial need, and will be notified as soon as the decision is made.


What is the amount of the award?

The amount awarded to each student differs from year to year and is determined by the selection committee.

What are my obligations and responsibilities if I win?

The award recipient is required to submit a letter of acceptance of the award and proof of college acceptance prior to the disbursement. The UCSC award recipient is responsible for making admission arrangements and fulfilling all requirements of the school chosen. The college or university must be accredited and located in the United States. The winner must enter college as a full-time student in the fall term following selection.

The award recipient is expected to make normal academic progress. While honor grades are not required, award winners have a responsibility to do quality work.

Who handles the award procedures?

All phases of the competition [including selection of recipient(s), determination of the amount and presentation of the award(s)] are handled by the UCSC Educational Awards Committee. All decisions of the Committee are final.

How do I submit my high school transcript?

Please have your high school email your official transcript directly to or contact us for other options. Electronic transcripts are preferred.

What if my GPA isn’t on a 4.0 scale?

Reach out to your school counselor and request that they convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale. 

If you have questions about eligibility and requirements, please contact