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The C.T. Bauer Foundation Continues Support Of Business Students With $635K Gift


By Mark Kramer

For the fourth consecutive year, The C.T. Bauer Foundation is supporting students at the Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB) by awarding a $635,000 grant to business students during their junior and senior years.

The Ted Bauer Undergraduate Business Scholarships will provide 35 students with two years of funding provided they continue to maintain the program’s requirements. Students also have access to the MDCOB's Career Center, pre-professional student organizations, professional development workshops, job fairs, and other resources. The scholarships are open to students entering their junior year at the Marilyn Davies College of Business, including those transferring to UHD.

“We appreciate the generosity of The C.T. Bauer Foundation as they continue to assist many of our students who are in need,” said Dr. Charles Gengler, Dean of the Marilyn Davies College of Business. “These scholarships reinforce the Foundation’s belief in our College and will help our students put what they have learned to work and help move Houston forward.”

The proof of the students benefiting from the scholarships is in the numbers. As the third cohort of students is set to graduate in 2023, they are carrying an average GPA of 3.64. 

“Over time, we find that given the generous financial support, many of our students are able to take more classes, and some even graduate early,” said Emily Leffler, Assistant Dean of Analytics, Accreditation & Assessment. “Due to the success of the students who were awarded in the past, the Foundation was amenable to increasing the number of awards to benefit even more students in cohort four. Since the individual award already covers a student’s tuition and fees in full, the way to increase the impact was in the number of awards.” 

Qualified students must demonstrate a financial need, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, must be a United States citizen or permanent resident, and have 48–60 hours remaining in their respective bachelor’s business programs.

The scholarship’s namesake, Ted Bauer, established a reputation as an ambitious business leader known for investing in students’ success. Grants such as the one awarded to UHD are a true reflection of the late Bauer’s philosophy that “People Are The Product.”

“These scholarships are helping students pave their way toward professional success to become the future leaders they are meant to be,” Gengler said. “It demonstrates how much The C.T. Bauer Foundation cares about the working people of Houston and transforming their lives through education.”

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.