Growing up in Pasadena, Texas, Mitchell Sosa considered attending several universities after high school before deciding on the University of Houston. What sealed the deal? A crucial financial aid package, according to Sosa.
“UH gave me a great offer to attend, so I chose to go there and wound up enjoying the place,” he said.
Sosa enrolled in the C.T. Bauer College of Business, receiving a combination of Federal Pell Grants, student loans and scholarships. After earning his undergraduate degree, Sosa returned to UH for graduate school and qualified for additional scholarships.
“I came from a single-parent home, and my mother didn’t have a large amount of funds to help me go to school,” he said. “When I got the grant and scholarship offers and even the subsidized loans, I was very grateful I had funds and the ability to go to school, continue my education and move forward.”
Sosa immersed himself in campus life as a student. He joined Bauer College of Business organizations like Beta Alpha Psi, the international honors organization for finance, accounting and management information systems students.
After completing his M.B.A., Sosa focused on his job but still attended UH sporting events. He would eventually become involved in the University community again, participating in Bauer College Alumni Association meetings. He also served on the advisory board for the college’s Gutierrez Energy Management Institute, which manages an energy education program for future industry leaders.
Sosa is currently an assistant controller for Axiom Space, which provides human spaceflight services and develops human-rated space infrastructure. He and his wife Twee, also a UH graduate, have established the Twee and Mitchell Sosa Scholarship for Bauer College students. Sosa additionally supports the UH General Fund and Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of Cougar Athletics.
“I realized the University was a really big part of my life and set me up to succeed professionally,” said Sosa regarding his decision to create the scholarship. “I started looking at how we can give back.”
Sosa is also a member of the In Tempore Legacy Society, a community of supporters who have included UH System institutions in their estate plans through a bequest, life income arrangement or other charitable provision. Sosa has documented UH as a beneficiary in his will.