2017 Maritime Scholarships

With generous support from our partners (The Port of Houston Authority, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Houston Pilots), the Department of Transportation of Studies offers scholarships to qualified students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Transportation Management and Security. Scholarship awards may include payment assistance for tuition, fees, and/or books per semester.
Complete the online application below and email the required supplemental documents (2 letters of recommendation and unofficial transcript) to by the deadline.
Note: To apply for 1 or all 3 of the scholarships, please complete only 1 online application. TSU Officials will determine the scholarship award for each qualified student.

Port of Houston Authority Scholarship

In 2010,TSU partnered with the Port of Houston Authority to create an academic program to address the workforce challenges of the Maritime industry. Scholarships in support of the partnership are available.

Amount of Scholarship: Up to $4K per academic year based on GPA.
GPA Requirement:
2.5 – 2.9 = $2K per academic year
3.0 and above = $4K per academic year
The scholarship is supported with funds from the Port of Houston Authority.

U.S. Department Homeland Security Scholarship

TSU received a Scientific Leadership Award (2015- 2016) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The highly competitive award goes to accredited Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to build Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS-STEM) initiatives.
Scholarships are available to qualified students to support the initiatives of the grant.

Amount of Scholarship: Up to $6K per academic year
GPA Requirement: 3.3 or above

Must be a U.S. Citizen to receive scholarship.

The scholarship is supported with funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Houston Pilots Scholarships

The Houston Pilots Scholarship is for students majoring in Maritime Transportation Management and Security at TSU.
Amount of scholarship: Up to $500 per academic year.
GPA Requirement: 2.5 and above.
Other Requirement: Given to first time freshmen or transfer students only.

The scholarship is supported with funds from the Houston Pilots.

Selection Process/Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: April 21, 2017
  • Review of Scholarship Applications: April 24-28, 2017
  • Interviews Conducted (if necessary): May 1-5, 2017
  • Award notifications sent to students: May 8-12, 2017
  • Students Confirm Acceptance of Scholarship: May 15-19, 2017


  • Must have at the time of application a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale (Note: 2.5 – 2.9 GPA = $2K; GPA > 3.0 GPA= $4K; FOR DHS SCHOLARSHIP GPA must be > 3.3)
  • Must apply for admission and be admitted to TSU before awarded the scholarship
  • Must select Maritime Transportation Management and Security as major
  • Maintain GPA requirements each semester during the duration of the scholarship
  • Must submit completed application form by the deadline
  • Must submit two (2) typed letters of recommendation (one must be from a teacher/professor, counselor, or principal on school letterhead)
  • Must submit unofficial high school or college transcript
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States at the time of application and after college graduation
  • Must submit a one (1) page typed essay (500 -1000 words) addressing the following:

“How Will the Maritime Transportation Scholarship Impact Your Education and Prepare You for a Career in the Maritime Industry?”

For information regarding the application and scholarship, contact Mrs. Williams, Maritime Program Coordinator/Visiting Instructor at 713.313.4394 or

CTTR Scholarship

The Center for Transportation Training and Research (CTTR) is an innovative research component of Texas Southern University and provides graduate level management and research training in support of the Transportation Studies Program. The CTTR provides scholarships each semester for qualified students in transportation. The scholarships will cover tuition and a portion of the recipient’s living expenses.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Must be an applicant to the Masters Program in Transportation StudiesMust have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of study,
  • Submit statement of professional or scholastic objective (max – one page), and
  • Submit three scholastic or professional letters of reference.

For further information, contact Dr. Carol A. Lewis at (713) 313-7924 or e-mail:

Eisenhower Scholarship

Applicants for MIHE fellowships must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. MIHE and must be pursuing a degree in a transportation related disciplines in a full-time program. Applicants must have at least one full academic year remaining in a program of study and must be enrolled for the entire academic year. A list of transportation-related disciplines can be found in appendix D or on the U&GP website ( Foreign students who are not U.S. citizens must provide a certified copy of their student I-20 ID or I-551 Permanent Resident Card that is issued by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Fellowships are intended for:

  • Undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) pursuing transportation-related undergraduate degrees at an MIHE who plan to enter the transportation profession upon completing their higher education.
  • Graduate students (Masters or Doctorate) pursuing transportation-related graduate degrees who plan to enter a transportation profession upon completing their higher education.

For further information, contact Mr. Khosro Godazi at (713) 313-7925 or e-mail:

Naomi Lede Scholarship

The Naomi W. Lede’ Institute for Innovation and Scholarship encourages scholastic excellence and innovation by providing scholarships for qualified students in the transportation fields. The objectives of the Dr. Naomi W. Lede’ Institute for Innovation and Scholarship are to prepare a highly qualified cadre of professionals with the ability to think critically and tackle existing and emerging issues in transportation. The Naomi W. Lede’ Institute was established for the purpose of inspiring and cultivating a continued spirit of motivation and excellence in achievement.

Scholarships are intended for students who are presently enrolled in or are applicants to the Master’s level program at Texas Southern University.

For further information, contact Dr. Carol A. Lewis at (713) 313-7924 (e-mail: )