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Business Students, Rejoice!

C.T. Bauer Foundation Gives MDCOB $635,000 in Scholarship Funds


By Laura Wagner

UHD's Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB) recently received $635,000 from the C.T. Bauer Foundation in support of the Ted Bauer Undergraduate Business Scholars Scholarship Program. Now in its fifth iteration, the program will provide 35 deserving juniors and seniors with scholarships of $9,000 per school year. An additional $5,000 will support specific program expenses over the next two academic years.

Since fall 2019, the C.T. Bauer Foundation has generously supported UHD students with the Scholars Program, in many cases enabling them to graduate early and debt-free. Fall 2022 Bauer Scholar Cristi Wade, a first-generation college graduate and Digital Marketing major, was one such student. She noted, “The Bauer Scholarship … brought peace of mind to my family and me and allowed me to make school and learning my number one priority.”

Accounting major Leslie Campana came to the U.S. only a few years ago with a handful of dreams and no idea how she would afford them. “Being a recipient of this award has allowed me to focus on what matters most and graduate a semester earlier than I planned,” she said. “I cannot thank [the Foundation] enough for all their support, and I look forward to giving back.”

Accounting and Management Information Systems major Romina Mendoza said the Bauer Scholarship helped her pursue her dreams as well. During her senior year, she was able to complete two internships that led to a full-time job offer from Ernst & Young, where she is now employed. She plans to sit for her CPA exam in 2023 and credits her early graduation to the Bauer Foundation for “investing in her future.” “I cannot wait to pay it forward to future generations of Ted Bauer Scholars and UHD students,” she says. (Hear more from these students online.)

ted-bauer-mainDarren C. Wolfman, Trustee for The C.T. Bauer Foundation, said, “Ted Bauer [right] firmly believed that without an education, people were chattel to the world. He was a forward-looking man who was particularly sensitive to the needs of others and who knew People are the Product. Full-tuition, two-year scholarships for 35 hardworking, future leaders at the Marilyn Davies College of Business would be the ‘and then some’ Ted Bauer always strived for while alive.”

“We are so grateful to the C.T. Bauer Foundation for its continued support of and belief in our students,” said Dr. Justo Manrique, MDCOB Associate Dean. “The success of our Bauer Scholars both in their coursework and after graduation is a testament to their dedication and determination. It also shows what students can do when they receive external support like the Bauer Scholarships to help reduce concerns about paying for college.”

Students selected for the scholarships must apply and meet rigorous criteria, demonstrating:

  • Financial need (as determined by FAFSA, with an EFC of $0-$20,000).
  • A cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or higher.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence (the award is not open to international students).
  • Status of junior or senior by the semester the scholarship is awarded, with priority to juniors (defined as students needing 48 to 60 credit hours to graduate).
  • A demonstrated dedication and tenacity evidenced through work endeavors or leadership in student organizations or external organizations.
  • Status as a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more hours in the fall and spring semesters).

Winners of the awards will be notified via email in July. MDCOB holds an initial orientation to equip students with all necessary information about the scholarship. A dedicated academic advisor is assigned to assist students throughout their academic journey to ensure success. Each fall, the school hosts a luncheon with the C.T. Bauer Foundation board and the scholarship recipients.

For more information, visit the MDCOB scholarship home page.

Photo courtesy of www.bauer.uh.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.