A.S.P.I.R.E. & R.O.A.D. to PhD

Graduate A.S.P.I.R.E Program

Academic Success Program in Research Empowerment

2017-2018 A.S.P.I.R.E. students at the End of the Year Banquet.

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for future application dates.  

Program Brochure

To apply, please submit the following Graduate Bridge ASPIRE Program Application to the Office of Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies Bridge to ASPIRE scholars program provides minority graduate students with mentoring and academic success programming to promote professional development and to strengthen the graduate school experience. During the academic year selected, the ASPIRE Scholars Program provides students an intensive training consisting of professional development, academic success seminars, and mentoring experiences to facilitate a smooth adjustment to the academic rigor of graduate education.  In addition, ASPIRE scholars attend a series of workshops as well as other cultural and educational activities. All program participants receive $2000 in scholarship ($750-Fall, $750-Spring, $500-Summer), $600 in textbooks, and other program incentives.

Bridge ASPIRE members at the 2017 End of the Year Banquet & completing civic engagement with Montgomery County Food Bank

R.O.A.D. to PhD Program

Resource & Outreach for Academic Diversity

Now accepting Fall 2018 Applications! Deadline is June 15th.

To apply, please submit the following Graduate Application to the Office of Graduate Studies


The Sam Houston State University Graduate ROAD to PhD program provides qualified students with the opportunity to adjust smoothly to the academic rigor of doctorate education.  This doctoral student engagement program will provide accelerated and focused learning opportunities to help students acquire specific knowledge and skills needed for successful completion of their degrees.

Following a roadmap laid out by research completed by the Council of Graduate Schools the ROAD to the PhD is a holistic student mentoring with the promotion of graduate student support as indicated through program concentrations by:

1) focus on supporting doctoral students from admission all the way through completion, 2) focus on supporting students by working on individualized completion goals and career prep. Doctoral students will work with Graduate Studies staff and a faculty mentor to build a comprehensive plan of research and professional development. All program participants receive $3,600 in scholarship funding ($1200-Fall, $1200-Spring, $1200-Summer) and other program incentives