Academic Achievers Program (AAP)

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The mission of the Center for Mexican American Studies Academic Achievers Program (AAP) at the University of Houston (UH) is to increase Latino student retention and graduation through scholarship awards, tutoring, time management skills, mentoring, and leadership training. Latino graduates later on becoming mentors and models to younger students, helping them contribute to the program efforts.

Program Description

AAP was created to increase the educational attainment level of the Latino community by reducing the high school dropout rate and increasing the number of Latino students who attend and graduate from UH or other institutions of higher education. AAP facilitates the academic performance of Latino students through unique program services to obtain a high school diploma and to be accepted to a higher education institution. AAP provides after school tutoring, mentoring by university students, skills and personal development workshops, community service opportunities, leadership retreats, and a 6-week summer session at UH. Students who are accepted into AAP at UH receive an annual scholarship of $3,000. Students are required to take a minimum of one course in Mexican American and Latino studies.


In cohort 8, 97% of AAP high school students have enrolled at a higher education institution.

From 1996 to 2009, all AAP students had an average six -year graduation rate of 67% compared to 39.3% for non-AAP UH Latino students.

A total of 340 UH students have been admitted to AAP, the majority of which are females. On average, AAP-UH admits 19 new members each year.

AAP-UH students average a GPA of 3.26, compared to UH Latinos averaging a 2.82 GPA and UH overall average GPA of 2.90. 

67% of students obtain a bachelor's degree within 4 to 6 years and 30% obtain post-baccalaureate degree.