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Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities

Student InterCouncil (SIC) Academic Scholarship

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The SIC scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have stellar academics and academic achievements. Academics at UTHealth not only include ones performance and participation in the classroom, but also ones activity in mentoring and teaching others as well as research and the drive to learn new things.  The Scholarship Committee of the Student InterCouncil (SIC) will accept applications from eligible students from all six schools of UTHealth. Recipient(s) will be selected and will represent their school and this scholarship for one full academic year. The committee will support the academic goals of each student by providing a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 for the academic year in which they are chosen.

Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership Award

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Shohrae Hajibashi served on the Student InterCouncil from 2004 – 2011 in many roles, including President from 2007-2008. During her time at UTHealth, Shohrae worked towards her MD/PhD and dedicated much of her free time to student leadership. As a charismatic leader, she brought together and led a diverse group of students both at UTHealth and at the UT System Student Advisory Council, making difficult ;   decisions and fighting for the students that she so passionately represented. Her spirit, sunny outlook, and leadership brightened the campus and her laughter was infectious as she touched the lives of so many UTHealth students, faculty, and staff.  The Student InterCouncil honors Shohrae’s legacy with the Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership Award, which will be given each year to a UTHealth student involved in student leadership who demonstrates the passion, selflessness, compassion, and leadership capabilities Shohrae embodied during her time at UTHealth. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded in the academic year in which the recipient is selected.

Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award

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Hitoshi Christopher Nikaidoh, MD served as Student InterCouncil President from 2000-2001. As a medical student, Toshi embodied leadership and service, both within the University of Texas institution as well as the Houston community. He strived to bring better healthcare to the poor and disadvantaged, and a kindness for all humankind. As a 2003 graduate of The University of Texas Medical School Toshi was chosen by his classmates as the sole recipient of the Gold-Headed Cane Award for Humanism and Service.  The Student InterCouncil honors his memory by awarding an individual who demonstrates the qualities, passion, drive, selflessness and love for humanity with the Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded in the academic year in which the recipient is selected.

The Student InterCouncil would like to congratulate the 2020-2021 scholarship recipients!!


The SIC Academic Scholarship Award: Lea Sacca, student at UTHealth School of Public Health.


The Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award: Niles Zoschke, student at the School of Public Health.


The Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership: Jeffrey Woods, student at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.