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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 can reduce the total cost of attendance between $3000-$10,000  (two semesters). 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 and spring semesters for undergraduate and graduate full-time study at UHV.  This award includes the $1000 guaranteed scholarship for students living on-campus.



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 at UHV for undergraduate students, 9 credits for graduate students. Students must enroll full-time for the full academic year (Fall and Spring). 
  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. Approval for volunteer opportunities must be approved in advance. 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. (When you complete this application, it may say the deadline passed. Do not worry about this, just keep  completing the application. We need you to complete this application as well regardless of the deadline). 
      • 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 deadline: 

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. 

Maintaining the International Merit Scholarship

Notification Process

Students will be notified via email by first week of July for Fall awards. 

Students who are NOT eligible: