HOUSTON — A new program is helping students at the University of Houston who are still recovering from 2017's Hurricane Harvey.

A $500,000 donation from the Rebuild Texas Fund via the Qatar Harvey Fund will give scholarships of up to $5,000 for each student to a minimum of 300 students at UH campuses. 

Those campuses include University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake and University of Houston-Victoria.

The average scholarship is expected to be $1,667 per student.

The lasting impact of Harvey forced 279 students across the four UHS universities to fully withdraw from classes and 880 others to partially withdraw. 

The Qatar Harvey Fund Scholarship program at the University of Houston System will help students during the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters with unmet costs of attendance such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and educational supplies, and transportation expenses.

“Qatar has deep ties in Houston and southeast Texas through many years of economic and educational exchange,” said His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S. “When we understood the scale of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, there was no question that Qatar would help this region’s long recovery process.” 

Each of the four universities has already contacted students who may be eligible for this assistance and invited them to apply. Students will be notified of any scholarships granted beginning April 16 through June 15.

While priority will be given to students who have exhausted all other forms of aid and/or are nearing graduation, the following students are eligible for a scholarship under the program:

•    Students who withdrew in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and have not re-enrolled.

•    Students who have reduced their credit hours as a result of Harvey’s impact.

•    Students facing financial challenges in maintaining their current enrollment due to ongoing hardship

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