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EXCITE Scholarship

About the Scholarship

You've got big plans for your future. So do we.

The PPOHA Exploring Careers in Teaching (EXCITE) Scholarship offers tuition funds for Hispanic and/or low-income students in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) programs. Funding for the EXCITE Program was provided by the Department of Education: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans grant division.

Scholarship awards vary from $1,000 to $5,000 per semester, up to a maximum for four semesters.

Criteria for Scholarships

  • Must be admitted to UHCL's MAT program or the EDCI program.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a GPA greater than or equal to 2.75
  • To continue receiving the scholarship, must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in 6 credit hours each fall, summer, and spring semester. Eligibility is reviewed each semester.
  • Apply by the scholarship deadlines
    • MAT: March 15 (Extended)
    • EDCI: May 15 (Extended)

Steps to Apply

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Please log into E-Services and click on "Admissions"
  • Next, click on "Apply for UHCL Scholarships". Do not fill in any information at this point
  • Click "Search"
  • EXCITE or (PPOHA) Scholarship should pop up
  • Do NOT click on "Apply"
  • Click on "Details" to view the criteria
  • Go back and click "Apply". The aid year you are applying for is "2021"
  • Answer the questions and download your document
  • Submit
  • Once you click on "Apply" and submit the scholarship application you cannot go back to that specific scholarship so you must have documentation prepared before you click "Apply"
  • A confirmation will appear when the application is submitted


 Miscellaneous Information

  • Scholarship recipients may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with this scholarship.
  • Recipients of the EXCITE Scholarship will be determined by the PPOHA EXCITE Scholar Selection Committee.
  • Funds can be used to cover tuition, books, fees and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. You are responsible for any expenses beyond what is covered by the scholarship.
  • Financial Aid will notify students when funds are made available.
  • Eligibility is reviewed each semester. Notification about eligibility is communicated as final grades are posted.
  • The EXCITE Scholarship does not need to be repaid.
  • If you believe you are eligible for the EXCITE Scholarship but it does not appear in your E-Services, please contact

If you have any general questions about scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 281-283-2480.


  • EXCITE: Exploring Careers in Teaching

    Phone: 281-283-3600

    Bayou Building 1237
    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002