UCSC Educational Awards Program

for Children of Classified Employees

2019 Award Recipients

2018 Award Recipients

2020 Call for Applications

The University Classified Staff Council (UCSC) has established this educational award program for children of classified employees. The employee must currently be employed at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The UCSC Educational Awards Committee administers the annual UCSC Educational Awards Program. The purpose is to identify and honor high school students and to aid as many as possible.

Who is eligible?

High school students who are about to begin their college careers and are children of full-time UTHealth classified employees are eligible to compete for this award.

Each award recipient must either 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. The letter of acceptance from an accredited U.S. school is required when the application is submitted.

How are winners selected?

All UCSC Educational Award Program recipient(s) are chosen from submitted award applications. Any son or daughter of a classified employee of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston who will be leaving high school should submit a completed application.  The status of the UTHealth employee will be verified before application is considered by the Educational Awards Program Committee. The deadline for 2020 applications was in April; the submission system is now closed for 2020.

Send applications to:


Applications are available HERE!

An impartial committee (5 members) comprised of UCSC member(s), classified staff and other qualified members will select the recipient(s) by evaluating each eligible student's application, grades, letters of reference, and one page essay to include why you want to attend college, course of study and career goals.

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 or activism 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 stipend of each UTHealth award will be a one-time payment determined by the UCSC Educational Awards Program Committee.

What are my obligations and responsibilities if I win?

The award recipient(s) is required to submit a letter of acceptance of the award, proof of college acceptance prior to the disbursement. The UCSC award recipient(s) 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(s) 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 of the award stipends and payment of stipend(s) for award(s)] are handled by the UCSC Educational Awards Program Committee. All decisions of the Committee are final.

Requirements of students applying for an award

  • UCSC Educational Award application
  • SAT or ACT score
  • GPA (must be on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official High School Transcript (sent directly from high school)
  • A record or description of volunteerism, extra curricular or activism 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

What do I do about my high school transcript?

 Please have your high school send your transcript directly to UTHealthUCSC@uth.tmc.edu.

Who can answer any questions I may have?

Questions can be addressed to: