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International Student Merit Scholarship

Award
All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the International Merit Scholarship. The award is a $1000 award for the academic year (fall, spring and summer), if the recipient is a spring semester recipient, the award is for spring and summer only. The scholarship will reduce the student’s tuition and fees by $500 every fall, spring and summer. For international students on F-1 and J-1 visa the scholarship will reflect the residency tuition rate. The award only applies to tuition and fees. All other costs such as housing, meals, transportation, personal expenses, books, supplies, and health insurance are not included in this scholarship. The scholarship award can only be used to study at UHV. The awards and waivers are available for fall recipients for the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and for spring recipients this scholarship and waivers will be awarded for spring and summer semesters for undergraduate and graduate full-time study at UHV.  

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants Must:

  1. Admitted student to UHV
  2. At the time of award the student must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduate students, 9 credits for graduate students. 
  3. Returning/or current students must have two semesters remaining to graduate (semester receiving the scholarship cannot be the final semester)
  4. Returning/Current students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for undergraduate students and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for graduate students. 
  5. Spring semester scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship only for the spring and summer semesters. In order to maximize the scholarship opportunity all spring scholarship recipients are required to register for a full-time course load online (summer only) or face-to-face. If applicable all spring scholarship recipients must re-apply for the fall merit scholarship before the deadline (see below). 
  6. International students or students on other non-immigrant visa status
    1. F-1 and J-1 students must be on the relevant visa status on or before the state date of their immigration document
    2. F-1 and J-1 students must attend mandatory International Student orientation at Victoria or Katy
    3. All non-immigrant status students must be on good academic and immigration status
  7. Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement.
  8. Complete BOTH the scholarship application forms
    • First submit the online UHV General Scholarship Application.
      • Sign in using your UHV username and password.
    • Second submit International Student Merit Scholarship Application. Please note, you will need to attach the necessary application requirements. Once you hit submit the application, along with the uploaded attachments will be sent to the International Programs Office automatically.
    • Both the above mentioned applications MUST be completed in order for your scholarship application to be eligible for review .

When to Apply 
Completed applications need to be submitted by the following dates:

  • Fall semester deadline: June 15th 
  • Spring semester deadline: November 15th

New Students
Students must be admitted to UHV. Scholarship application will not be reviewed for those with incomplete admissions or non-admitted students. 

Current and Returning Students
All conditions and requirements applies to current/ returning  students at UHV. Current/Returning students must ensure to have two semesters remaining to complete their degree program. 

Maintainin the International Merit Scholarship

  • Recipients must maintain full-time status.
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduate students throughout the duration of the scholarship.
  • Contribute 10 volunteer hours assisting International Programs Office in hosting events such as International Education Week, International Sash Ceremony and International Festival during fall, spring and summer semesters. 
  • International students on F-1 and J-1 status
    • New international students must attend mandatory orientation 
  • Scholarship recipient must pay all outstanding university bills on or before the due dates.
  • Recipients continuing from a bachelor's to a master's degree program must reapply for the scholarship.
  • International Merit Scholarship is not garanteed every year/semester. Students must reapply on or before the deadline.

Notification Process

Students will be notified via email. Students are responsible to apply every semester. 

Students who are NOT eligible:

  • Graduate students receiving a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship
  • UHV Athletes receiving Athletics Scholarships
  • International Students receiving International Student Cultural Scholarship
  • Students receiving any other UHV tuition scholarship waivers
  • Students receiving any other UHV competitive scholarships