Cougar Cookers was formed to support the University of Houston and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. To achieve our mission, Cougar Cookers supports Frontier Fiesta, a student-led spring festival established in 1939 as a diverse showcase of the talents of the University of Houston’s student body.

Annually, Cougar Cookers awards two (2) annual scholarships to those students demonstrating leadership and active participation in the planning, organization, and implementation of Frontier Fiesta on behalf of the University of Houston community.

Scholarship Description

Two $3,000 scholarships paid in two installments for the Fall and Spring semesters are awarded to those student leaders and volunteers who have supported and served in the Frontier Fiesta organization. Those given consideration must demonstrate active involvement and leadership in Frontier Fiesta. The scholarship will be awarded contingent upon the student remaining in good standing at the University of Houston, making satisfactory progress towards their University of Houston degree, and maintaining a full-time course load (12 hours).


The selection committee shall consider past and current involvement, level of participation, other community/university involvement, recommendation letter, transcript details, etc. The scholarship is open to all student participants irrespective of compensation from the Frontier Fiesta organization. There are no restrictions to applicants based on sex, race, nationality, country of origin, physical disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Recipients of the award shall not forfeit other scholarships, grants, or awards to which they are entitled.

Application Deadline

Please check back for scholarship application deadlines.

Students may send their application package along with one official UH transcript and a letter of recommendation to:

Cougar Cookers Scholarship Program
c/o The University of Houston Alumni Association
3204 Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77004


Please contact Chris Melendez of Cougar Cookers at 713-213-8320, or email at

Permanent Endowment Fund

In addition to granting the above referenced scholarships each year, Cougar Cookers has also created a permanent endowment fund that is used for general scholarship purposes to support various University of Houston initiatives.

Cougar Pride

Cougar Cookers also provides support to Cougar Pride and University of Houston student-athletes.

Previous Scholarship Award Winners

UH Libraries 2022-2023
Nancy Clark Scholarship Fund 2021-2022
UH Counseling and Psychological Services
UH Cougar Experience Scholarship
UH Cougar Emergency Fund
Gifted to UH Library 2018-2019
Gifted to UH Emergency Fund 2018-2019
Gifted to UH Experience 2018-2019
Christian Kladzyk 2017-2018
Viviane Nguyen 2017-2018
Gifted to Cougar Experience Scholarship Fund 2017-2018
Gifted to Cougar Experience Scholarship Fund 2017-2018
Gifted to Cougar Experience Scholarship Fund 2017-2018
Gifted to UH General Scholarship Fund 2016-2017
Gifted to UH General Scholarship Fund 2015-2016
Gifted to UH General Scholarship Fund 2014-2015
Virginia Berens 2013-2014
Hunter Lewis 2013-2014
Dalissia Tezeno 2013-2014
Darren Randle 2010-2013 (3 yrs)
Virginia Berens 2011-2012
Marissa Tarnosky 2009-2010
Catherine Harbove 2008-2009
Jacqueline Guarino 2008-2009
Sherifat Analfi 2006-2007
Vincent “Tony” Norris 2005-2006
Haonhien Duong 2004-2006 (2 yrs)
Leah Hill 2003-2004
Jason Faircloth 2002-2003
Roaxana Tamijani 2001-2002
Julie Grimes 2000-2001