Fall 2020 Announcement

Due to the continuing impact of the coronavirus and our concern for the safety and health of our staff, current Scholars and Alumni, The Terry Foundation will host virtual fall events for 2020. We encourage everyone to take personal responsibility and to follow the recommendations of the CDC regarding wearing masks, hand washing, social distancing and guidelines for group gatherings.

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

  • Terry Orientations – August

    The Foundation will host 3 virtual Orientation events for incoming Scholars ONLY during the week of August 10th. All incoming Scholars have been assigned to attend one of these three events, according to their Terry-affiliated university. Attendance is mandatory for incoming Scholars; upperclass Terry Scholars are excused. We look forward to welcoming our new Scholars and sharing Mr. and Mrs. Terry’s legacy with them.

  • Terry Banquets – October

    The Foundation will host 8 virtual Banquet events for all current Terry Scholars during October. Scholars are assigned to one of two events according to their entry year (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and must register in advance of the event. Registration instructions will be emailed to all invited participants in September. Each event will feature an Alumni speaker, followed by small group discussion led by Alumni.

  • Alumni Activities

    The Annual September Terry Alumni Luncheon in Dallas has been cancelled. The Terry Scholar Alumni Association (TSAA) will organize a fall Alumni event as a replacement. TSAA Chapters have been busy organizing their 2020-2021 teams and setting goals for the next year. Alumni can expect virtual engagement opportunities for the foreseeable future, and Terry Connect will be the primary source of information. While we are sad that we cannot provide our usual in-person Alumni events, we are ecstatic for the chance to engage with Alumni without the limitations of their locations. The TSAA commits to maintaining these virtual engagement opportunities for Alumni after social distancing measures are no longer necessary.

 

2020 -2021 Scholarships

All 955 current Terry Scholar scholarship commitments – for both Traditional and Transfer Scholars – continue to be fully funded. There is no risk to funding for current Scholars.

  • Traditional Scholarship

    The Terry Foundation will stop funding new scholarships at Texas A&M at Galveston and Sam Houston State University, starting in 2021. This difficult decision was based on unprecedented recent events and the resulting permanent, negative impact on the Foundation’s available assets. This decision does not impact our funding of Terry Scholarships awarded to TAMUG and SHSU entering freshman in August 2020. The Foundation will continue to support all current TAMUG and SHSU Terry Scholars to graduation or through the completion of their scholarship funding.

  • Transfer Scholarship

    As of May 2020, the Terry Foundation’s Board of Directors has determined that we will not offer any new Transfer Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. This decision does not impact our funding of existing Terry Transfer Scholarships. The Foundation will continue to support all current Terry Transfer Scholars to graduation or through the completion of their scholarship funding.

While we deeply regret needing to take the actions listed above, these were necessary steps to ensure that the Foundation can award scholarships into perpetuity. The Board of Directors has acted with the best long-term interests of the Foundation in mind. All current Terry Scholars (Traditional and Transfer) should rest assured that all existing scholarship commitments will be fully funded. Again, there is no risk to funding for current Scholars.

Current Scholars

We recognize this fall semester will probably be very different from what you had anticipated. However, we expect all Scholars to exercise personal responsibility and to continue taking care of yourselves and each other, in addition to your coursework. Your on-campus Terry resources are available to you via email (find info for all university contacts in the Scholar Handbook and HERE) and should be your first references.

  • New Support Resources

    Current Terry Scholars now have access to Guidance Resources for personal, legal, financial, and school-life balance counseling. These services are completely confidential and provided free of charge to Scholars. Please see your Scholar Handbook, the “Resources” section of Terry Connect, or the email from your Scholar Relations Coordinator for more information.

  • Communicating with the Foundation

    Scholars should keep the Foundation updated with any changes in personal status and continue to adhere to funding and submission deadlines (November 1st deadline for spring funding). Grade review will take place as usual following the conclusion of the fall semester. We encourage you to do your best to ensure you are meeting Terry Scholarship continuation requirements. As mentioned above, your Scholar Handbook and Terry Campus resources should be the first places you turn.


The Board and staff of the Terry Foundation are honored to carry Howard and Nancy Terry’s legacy into the future. We look forward to welcoming the 2020 class of Terry Scholars at Orientations next week, and we look forward to seeing our Alumni at virtual events and at the fall banquets. We are proud of the strength and resilience of the Terry Scholars in our network, and we send our encouragement to everyone in our community and to all those affected by the constantly developing situation before us. Show leadership by doing your part to keep your community safe. Be kind to yourself and be patient with others as everyone moves into a new season during the pandemic.

You all make us immensely proud.

Respectfully,

Yvonne Moody

President and Executive Director

Jodie Koszegi

Scholarship Program Director

Amber Masso

Director of Communications and Alumni Engagement

New Foundation Board Member

The Terry Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Carroll (UT 1994) to the Board of Directors.
Mr. Carroll fills an open board seat following the resignation of Mr. J.D. Davis, after his dedicated service on the board for 20 years (2000-2020). The selection of Mr. Carroll follows the wishes of founder, Howard Terry, who provided that future leadership on the board would be selected from among former recipients of the Terry Scholarship. Currently, nine of the twelve board seats are filled by Terry Scholar Alumni.

Brian is a 2002 graduate of Baylor School of Law, a 1998 graduate of the University of Texas School of Engineering (BS, Architectural Engineering) and a 1994 graduate of Lampasas High School in Lampasas, Texas. He is the managing partner of the law firm of Sanderford & Carroll, where he nationally practices construction litigation and also serves as a mediator on a wide range of civil litigation matters.  Additionally, he is the adjunct co-professor of Construction Law at the Baylor School of Law.  Prior to law school and after graduating from UT, Brian worked for two large civil engineering firms focused on heavy civil engineering projects.

He is married to Laura Elizabeth Carroll, from Austin.  They have two children, Creighton and Cannon who are active in Scouting.  They are active members of the Temple First United Methodist Church, and various local community activities.

 

Terry Scholars at Picnic

Brian (left) and fellow UT Terry Scholars at the 2000 Winedale Picnic

Terry Interview Panelists

Brian (center) and fellow Terry Interview Panelists at 2016 UT-El Paso Interviews

Current Board of Directors

Terry Board of Directors

Rhett Campbell
Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman

Edward Cotham Jr.
Chief Investment Officer

Carter Overton

Yvonne Rode Moody (TAMU 1987), Terry Scholar
President and Executive Director

Gayle Stinson (UT 1987), Terry Scholar

Jeffrey Stichler (TAMU 1990), Terry Scholar

Elizabeth Riley Keeler (TAMU 1992), Terry Scholar

Brian Yarbrough (UT 1988), Terry Scholar

Kimberly Brandl Pekar (TAMU 1998), Terry Scholar

Scott Grass (UH 2006), Terry Scholar

Bonnie Cole Southerland (TXST 2004), Terry Scholar

Brian Carroll (UT 1994), Terry Scholar

John Storms
(Emeritus as of January 1, 2020)

J.D. Davis (UT 1989), Terry Scholar
(2000 – 2020)

Spring 2020 Announcement

The Terry Foundation has made several adjustments in response to the recent public health crisis due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

First and foremost, we care about the safety and health of our employees, our current Scholars and alumni, and our scholarship candidates. We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC regarding hand washing, social distancing and guidelines for group gatherings.

Spring 2020 Events

  • Terry Picnics

    All spring Terry Picnics have been cancelled. Seniors will receive their gold pens by mail and will be given instructions for sharing their stories with the Terry Board of Directors and the broader Terry Community.

  • Alumni Activities

    Terry Alumni chapters have cancelled all events through the end of April and will re-assess other events on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with guidelines provided by local public health officials.

 

2020-21 Scholarships

  • Traditional Scholarship

    To do our part in support of social distancing, we are hosting our annual interview process for the Terry Traditional Scholarship 100% virtually. Almost 100 panelists are prepared to ensure that our 476 candidates from 13 universities will receive their Terry interview during the originally scheduled time frame.

  • Transfer Scholarship

    As of March 17, 2020, the Terry Foundation’s Board of Directors has determined that we will not offer any new Transfer Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. While we deeply regret having to take this action, it is a necessary step to ensure that the Foundation may continue awarding scholarships into perpetuity.

Our 1094 current Terry Scholars (Traditional and Transfer) should rest assured that all current scholarship commitments will be fully funded. There is no risk to funding for current Scholars.

 

Current Scholars

We recognize these are challenging and unprecedented times. Regardless, we expect all Scholars to finish the spring semester strong – taking care of yourself as well as your coursework. Your on-campus Terry resources are available to you via email (find info for all university contacts in the Scholar Handbook or HERE) and should be your first call, especially since the Scholar Relations Coordinators – Franco, Holly & Christen – are facilitating virtual interviews until April 7th.

Scholars should keep the Foundation updated with any changes in personal status and continue to adhere to funding and submission deadlines (May 1st deadline for summer funding; June 1st deadline for Outside Aid Review and Self-Evaluation Letters). Grade review will take place as usual following the conclusion of the spring semester. We ask you to do your best to ensure you are meeting Terry Scholarship continuation requirements.

We will miss seeing all of you and celebrating our seniors at this year’s Terry picnics! You will receive an email from your Terry Scholar Relations Coordinator by the end of April with specific links to submit your OAR and SEL. Between now and then, keep you and yours healthy and safe.

Alumni

We are in contact with our Terry Scholar Alumni Association (TSAA) chapters and are encouraging a review of all planned spring events on a case by case basis. Local chapters will make decisions on which events to cancel or postpone based on ongoing updates from public health officials. No matter where you are, you can help us welcome the new 2020 Terry Scholars and congratulate the 2020 Terry grads by submitting short video messages.

Submit Welcome

Submit Congrats

Contacting Staff

Terry staff are fully equipped to work from home. All staff are available via phone and email, as usual. Any phone messages will be responded to within 2 business days. Please be aware that we are facilitating traditional interviews from March 23 through April 7.


The Board and staff of the Terry Foundation are honored to carry Howard and Nancy Terry’s legacy into the future. We look forward to selecting our newest class of Terry Scholars in the coming weeks. We are proud of the strength and resilience of the Terry Scholars in our network. We send our encouragement to everyone in our community and to all those affected by the constantly developing situation before us. Show leadership by doing your part to keep your community safe. Be kind to yourself and be patient with others as everyone adjusts.

You all make us immensely proud.

Respectfully,

Yvonne Moody

President and Executive Director

Jodie Koszegi

Scholarship Program Director

COVID-19 and Terry Interviews

The Terry Foundation is taking the spread of COVID-19 very seriously. To do our part in support of social distancing, we are hosting our annual interview process for the Terry Traditional Scholarship 100% virtually. Foundation staff and university partners have mobilized over the last few weeks in order to create a virtual panel infrastructure, which will allow a positive experience for our 476 candidates and 100 Terry panelists alike. We have a system in place to ensure that our selection of 2020 Traditional Terry Scholars takes place in the originally-scheduled time frame.

Throughout the Terry Foundation’s 33-year history, an in-person interview with Terry Board Members, Alumni, and currently Scholars has always been the cornerstone of our selection process, which evaluates academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to our Terry panelists, university partners, Board, and staff for working to ensure that these promising students are able to have their interviews on schedule.

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Another Successful Networking Event

Over 70 Terry Scholar Alumni and current students came together in November for the annual UT-Dallas Terry Alumni Networking Event. This year’s event was planned and hosted by 2018 UTD Terry Transfer Scholar and Academic Coordinator, Angelica Avila, and it was a resounding success! 

Alumni Group Photo

30 Terry Alumni from different fields and universities gave their time to meet students at the event, which featured 11 breakout sessions and an alumni panel. Each session offered the Scholars a chance to network with a Terry Alum in their field of interest. Additionally, the panel allowed alumni to provide focused advice to scholars. Panelists included

  • Eduardo Hernandez (UT 2013), Medicine
  • Jenny Winkelmann (UT 2005), Communications
  • Jonathon McCalla TX Tech 2012, Mechanical Engineering
  • Martin Thornthwaite UT 1998, Law
  • Suzanne Gindele UTD 2008, Business

“I think that these events are extremely beneficial for students and it is our turn to give back to future Terry Scholars, just as we were helped by ones before us. Seeing eager students that are working hard to better themselves and honor the legacy of Mr. Terry every day is truly inspiring, and It is extremely exciting to be able to play a small role in their successes.”

– Jonathan Brewer (TAMU 2011), Resident Physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center 

Angelica credits the event’s success with: starting early, setting measurable goals, and reaching out to her Terry community — including UTD Terry directors, alumni chapter officers and the Foundation. Each provided crucial assistance along the way, with the Foundation sharing the event in the Terry Connect Weekly Newsletter and newsfeed, along with pinpointing panelists that lent diverse perspectives to the event. In reflection, Avila asserted that “the most integral key to the event’s success was the help that I received from my Terry community and the Terry Connect platform”.  

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Angelica is a Junior at UT Dallas majoring in Sociology, with a minor in Human Resources. and most recently held a Leadership engagement internship at the Dallas Regional Chamber. If you would like more information on planning your own Terry Alumni Networking Event, please contact Amber Masso at the Foundation, and feel free to contact Angelica via Terry Connect!

Terry Foundation Adds Three New Board Members

Following the wishes of Howard Terry, all Terry Foundation Board Members will be Terry Scholars. After extensive discussions about succession planning and future leadership of the organization, the current Board will add three more members on January 1, 2020.

Newest Board Members

 

Kim Pekar Portrait

Kim Brandl Pekar (TAMU 1998)

Originally from Shiner, Texas, Kim is a 1998 Terry Scholar who attended Texas A&M University. She earned a Master of Science degree and Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as a Certified Internal Auditor. Kim is Vice President of Internal Audit and Credit Review for Capital Farm Credit in Bryan, Texas. Prior to her employment with Capital Farm Credit, Kim worked as an audit staff member with Ernst & Young, LLP and served as an Internal Audit Manager for the Texas A&M System Internal Audit Department.

Kim and her husband, Matt, reside in College Station, Texas and are the parents of two sons who are active in sports and 4H. They are active members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas and participate in various local community activities.

below: Kim and her family at Terry Winedale Picnic

Kim and Family at Picnic

 

Bonnie Southerland Portrait

Bonnie Cole Southerland (TXST 2004)

A native of Fort Worth, Bonnie was a member of the first class of Terry Scholars at Texas State University in 2004. She received her B.S. in Geography with minors in History and Honors Studies in 2008. After graduation, she became a Teach for America corps member in Houston and continued teaching middle school in both traditional public schools and public charter schools in Central Texas. She received her M.Ed. in Reading Education from Texas State University in 2013.

Bonnie and her husband, Matt, live in Austin, where she now works full-time as a mom to their two sons and as a volunteer with their church.

below: Bonnie and her Terry classmates, Jennie Syamken and Katie Luevano, at their senior picnic

Bonnie and friends at senior picnic

 

Scott Grass Portrait

Scott Grass (UH 2006)

A native Houstonian, Scott Grass is a 2006 Terry Scholar who earned his B.B.A. in Finance with a concentration in Global Energy Management from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business in May 2010. Scott currently serves as Vice President for Main Street Capital Corporation, providing debt and minority equity financing solutions to middle market companies.

Scott is passionate about giving back to efforts that seek to improve public health and education. He resides in Houston with his wife, Meaghan, who is a 2007 University of Houston Terry Scholar.

below: Scott at his senior picnic

Scott at picnic

 

Current Board of Directors

Terry Board of Directors

Rhett Campbell
Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman

Edward Cotham Jr.
Chief Investment Officer

John Storms
(Emeritus as of January 1, 2020)

Carter Overton

Yvonne Rode Moody (TAMU 1987), Terry Scholar
President and Executive Director

J.D. Davis (UT 1989), Terry Scholar

Gayle Stinson (UT 1987), Terry Scholar

Jeffrey Stichler (TAMU 1990), Terry Scholar

Elizabeth Riley Keeler (TAMU 1992), Terry Scholar

Brian Yarbrough (UT 1988), Terry Scholar

 

New Members (January 1, 2020)

2019 New Board Members

Kimberly Brandl Pekar (TAMU 1998), Terry Scholar

Scott Grass (UH 2006), Terry Scholar

Bonnie Cole Southerland (TXST 2004), Terry Scholar

45 PTK Members Receive Terry Scholarships

The Terry Foundation has awarded 72 transfer scholarships to students in Texas, and 45 of the recipients are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based scholarship program founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer students for attendance at designated public universities within the state. Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted thousands of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders’ goal of helping Texas college students to help themselves. The Foundation began awarding the Terry Transfer Scholarship in 2013, and currently funds transfer students at 12 public universities in Texas.

Terry Scholars are selected based on three criteria: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. For fall 2019, the Foundation interviewed 180 transfer candidates and selected 72 Terry Transfer Scholars. A stipend-based scholarship, the Terry Foundation Transfer Scholarship is intended to cover approximately 65 percent of the full cost of college attendance for up to six semesters, with a minimum award of $14,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Texas Phi Theta Kappa members to receive the 2019 Terry Scholarship include:

Blinn College
Teresa Bilyeu

Collin College
Yilin Chen
LaToya Darden
Dillon Heinen
Stacy Miranda
Rebecca Ventura

Dallas County Community College District
Aria Jones

Eastfield College (DCCD)
Poojakumari Patel

El Centro College (DCCD)
Yazmin Munoz
Stephen Woods

El Paso Community College
Christian Compian
Cinthya Magallanes
Bryan Mena

Hill College
Kaitlyn McDonald

Houston Community College
Hacer Afsar
Muhammad Shah

Lone Star College
Franco Lucero
Aurora Maceo Fernandez
Jennifer Pham
Kimberly Sanchez
Kaleena Steakle
Kimberly Wilson

McLennan Community College
Brandon Murry
Lauren Putnam

Mountain View College (DCCD)
Anisa Alam

North Central Texas College
David Jennings
Daniel McLean

North Lake College
Alexis Patterson
William Zamudio

Northwest Vista College (DCCD)
Fernando Cordova

Palo Alto College
Emoline Gonzales
Raechel Staffel

South Plains College
Paulina Carrillo
Brianna Jacops

St. Phillip’s College
Martha Vargas

Tarrant County College District
Daysy Guevara
Alice Kim
Alice Muhindura
Tracy Nava
Hetalbahen Patel
Mariah Rios
Anthony Torres

Tyler Junior College
Jennie Nghiem
Destiny White

Weatherford College
Ana Ortiz

2019 Transfer Scholars Selected

The Terry Foundation is proud to announce the selection of our 2019 Transfer Scholar cohort. During the last week of June, 180 candidates interviewed with panels of Terry Scholar Alumni in Houston and Dallas. 72 new Terry Scholars from across the state of Texas were chosen based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. These new Terry Scholars will attend 12 Terry-affiliated public universities participating in the Terry Transfer Scholarship Program and will be funded up to six semesters with a minimum award of $14,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year. They will also have the opportunity to utilize a study abroad stipend.

These new Terry Scholars will join the 204 graduating high school seniors who received Terry Scholarships earlier this spring. This 2019 class will join thriving communities of their fellow Scholars, who are already leaving their mark on campus. They will also be part of the ever-expanding Terry Scholar network, comprised of over 5,000 Terry Scholars in various fields of study and industries across the globe.

We are excited for our current Scholars to meet the newest members of our Terry Family, and we look forward to celebrating every milestone and accomplishment with them in the years to come!

In total, the Terry Foundation will award over $27 Million in funding to approximately 1,200 enrolled Terry Scholars during the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Transfer Scholarship Infographic

A Generous Life: The Story of Howard Terry

The Terry Foundation is proud to announce the release of our second documentary, A Generous Life: The Story of Howard Terry.
This film was created to honor the accomplishments and memory of Howard Terry and to introduce current and future Terry Scholars to the namesake of the Terry Foundation and the vibrant community of leaders it builds with each passing year. Through interviews with those who knew him well, learn how Mr. Terry’s personal qualities and life experiences shaped his success and his eventual expectations for Terry Scholars.

 

Watch our other feature length documentary, Giving: The Story of the Terry Foundation.

The Foundation’s first documentary, Giving: The Story of the Terry Foundation, shares the Terrys’ vision- that through education, individuals would improve their own lives and therefore be able to impact the lives of others. It also demonstrates that the spirit of this Foundation and the mission of the Terrys live on through Terry Scholars around the world.

2019 Terry Traditional Interviews

Welcome, Incoming Scholars!

The Terry Foundation is proud to announce the selection of our 2019 Traditional Scholar cohort. Between March 25th and April 5th, over 500 exceptional high school seniors interviewed with panels of Terry Scholar Alumni in El Paso, Austin, Houston, and Dallas. 204 new Terry Scholars from across the state of Texas were chosen based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. These new Terry Scholars will attend 13 Terry-affiliated public universities and will be funded up to eight semesters with last-dollar, full-ride scholarships. They will also have the opportunity to utilize a study abroad stipend.

The entering 2019 Terry freshmen will live together for their first year and will join thriving communities of their fellow Scholars, who are already leaving their mark on campus. They will also be part of the ever-expanding Terry Scholar network, comprised of over 5,000 Terry Scholars in various fields of study and industries across the globe. Later this summer, the new Traditional Scholars will be joined by the new cohort of 2019 Terry Transfer Scholars.

We are excited for our current Scholars to meet the newest members of our Terry Family, and we look forward to celebrating every milestone and accomplishment with them in the years to come!

In total, the Terry Foundation will award over $27 Million in funding to approximately 1,200 enrolled Terry Scholars during the 2019 – 2020 school year.

 

2019 Traditional Scholarship Interview Results

 

2019 Traditional Interview Results