HOUSTON (TIP): An Indian-American couple has established a tier one scholarship worth more than USD 100,000 in the prestigious University of Houston. Renu Khator, system chancellor and president of the University of Houston, and her husband Suresh, associate dean in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, have contributed more than USD 100,000 to establish the Renu and Suresh Khator UH tier one scholarship endowment. With matching funding, the endowment was augmented to USD 200,000, giving new energy to the University’s tier one scholarship program. “The University of Houston offers more than USD 150 million in aid and scholarship(s) each year to freshmen and transfer students. Most of it is needbased, but a few, including tier one scholarships, are based on merit,” Khator said. “Offering scholarships to freshmen, whether need-based or merit-based, encourages them to attend college, and more specifically, to choose UH,” Khator said. The tier one scholarship program admits students who have a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1300, were ranked in the top 10 per cent of their class and were admitted to the University in the fall semester following their high school graduation, in accordance with the guidelines from the tier one website.