When we last left University of Houston President Renu Khator and state Senator John Whitmire, the latter was chewing the former out over the University's plan to make it mandatory for most freshmen to live on campus.
Whitmire gave Khator such a brutal text-lashing (he called it "one of the dumbest ideas I have heard") that Khator declared the plan DOA and then probably stared forlornly out the window at the rain all night while "With or Without You" played on some distant laptop. But, lo, the clouds have cleared: the University has just announced a $4,000 "Cougar Experience Scholarship" to promote on-campus living, and Whitmire has made the first donation.
"This scholarship fund will help Dr. Khator reach the goal of encouraging more students to live on campus, which will contribute to the success of those students during an important time in their academic careers," Whitmire stated in a UH press release. "I am proud to support that effort by kicking off the scholarship campaign with its first gift."
The inter-office love-fest then continues with Khator's statement thanking Whitmire for his contribution, and reiterating that "the success of our students is our top priority."
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Students can apply for the scholarship "this spring to support on-campus living in fall 2015," according to the release. There are of course a few requirements:
- The scholarship is only available for "students who are attending college for the first time after high school."
- Students must be involved in two of the organizations/activities outlined in the application packet. These include "on-campus organizations, service organizations (on or off campus), on-campus student employment, and participation in undergraduate research or student support programs," according to the release.
This seems like a great compromise. Whitmire had opposed the plan because, he said, it would be an extra cost for students -- but now the students will actually gets paid. We're glad Whitmire and Khator have put their differences behind them -- it's like we can finally exhale.