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Meet Our New Chief Investment Officer

Photo of a woman in professional clothingThe Terry Foundation is pleased to announce that Kristin “K.K.” Eschbach (TAMU 2004) has joined our team as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). K.K. will replace Edward Cotham, Jr., former Foundation President and current Chief Investment Officer when he officially retires at the end of 2022.

K.K., along with the Board of Directors, will oversee the investments and investment managers of the Foundation’s endowment. She  will manage and position the Foundation’s assets to support a healthy endowment into perpetuity, as the Terrys envisioned. Her oversight will enable the Terry Foundation to invest in future generations of Terry Scholars for many years to come.

A message from outgoing CIO, Edward Cotham, Jr.:
As Howard and Nancy Terry intended, the Foundation’s vision is to create a community of educated leaders who utilize their talents to strengthen the state of Texas and impact the world. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over 6,000 scholarships and invested more than $338 million to send students to 13 Texas universities. Our community of educated leaders continues to grow and thrive. I think that Howard and Nancy Terry would be proud of their Foundation’s accomplishments, and I know that they would be delighted to see its future management in the hands of people who care so passionately about its mission. The Foundation has a talented and dedicated leadership group, many of whom (like K.K.) are Terry Scholar Alumni. I hope you will join me in welcoming K.K. to the Foundation in her new role.

About K.K.

K.K. Eschbach was selected as a Terry Scholar at Texas A&M University in 2004. She earned a BBA in finance from Mays Business School in 2008, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to joining The Terry Foundation, K.K. spent her career in investment management, working in the private wealth management group at Goldman Sachs & Co., followed by a position in the Private Bank at Credit Suisse. Since 2015, K.K. has worked in a family office setting as well as serving as Senior Director of Investments and Financial Services at USD Group LLC.

K.K. (right) and fellow Terry Scholar Australia Clark (TAMU 2004) at the 2008 Winedale Picnic

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K.K. (far right) pictured with Mr. Terry and fellow Terry Interview Panelists in 2011

K.K. was an early member of the Titans of Investing program (Titans 2) at Texas A&M University, taught by the former CEO for Bridgewater Associates and current President, CEO, and CIO of UTIMCO. She is passionate about The Terry Foundation and has interviewed students since 2008. She is an active member of The Terry Foundation investment committee and previously served on the Alumni Advisory Board from 2015-2018. She also serves as a member of the Texas A&M University Mays Business School Advisory Board and actively contributes her time and resources to Child Advocates, where she recently served on the board of directors for a three-year term. She previously served on the Child Advocates development and finance committees and served as the Friends committee president for two years. She is a member of Tallowood Baptist Church and is a volunteer in the children’s ministry.

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K.K. lives in Houston with her husband, Stephen and their three children.
A native of Coahoma, Texas, K.K. earned her private pilot license in 2009, enjoys fishing, and stays actively involved with her kids’ activities.

2022 Terry Scholarships

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The Terry Foundation is proud to announce the selection of our 2022 Scholar cohort. 225 exceptional high school seniors from across the state of Texas were chosen based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. These new Terry Scholars will attend 11 affiliated public universities in Texas with last-dollar, full-ride scholarships for up to eight semesters. They will also have the opportunity to utilize a study abroad stipend.

The entering 2022 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 an ever-expanding network, comprised of over 6,000 Terry Scholars in various fields of study and industries across the globe.

The Terry Foundation has invested more than $320 Million toward access to higher education since its inception and will provide over $17.5 Million in funding to approximately 730 enrolled Terry Scholars during the 2022 – 2023 school year.

2022 Terry Interviews Snapshot

  • 420 invitations extended to nominated students
  • 220 in-person interviews in Houston or El Paso
  • 166 virtual interviews
  • 91 volunteers served as interview panelists and candidate preppers…
  • … and collectively dedicated over 2,800 hours to selecting the next class of Terrys

We want to thank everyone who made this Terry Interview Season a success. We can’t wait to welcome the 2022 Terry Scholars at their orientations in August!

2022 Interview Panels

New Advisory Board Members

The Foundation is proud to welcome the newest members to the Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board (TSAAB). These new members were chosen through an application process hosted by the Advisory Board Application Committee and began their three-year term at the beginning of February 2022. The Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board  is comprised of Alumni who have distinguished themselves in their service to the Foundation and to their fellow Terry Scholars. These individuals represent the Foundation at Terry functions, such as banquets and picnics, and participate in discussions about strengthening and supporting the Terry Community.

Full Member List

 


Luis Banuelos (TAMU 2013)
“I have been so blessed to be a part of the Terry Family, and I am thankful for any opportunity to connect with other Terry Scholars. With the Alumni Advisory Board, I am excited to jump in and continue to strengthen the Terry Family for years to come!”

Luis Banuelos is a 2013 TAMU Terry Scholar and graduated with a BA in Biology and Master’s of Public Health degree. He previously served as an education coordinator for Baylor Scott & White in College Station before transitioning to the emergency department as a patient navigator for CHI St. Joseph’s in Bryan. He now resides in Conroe where he is part of the 2025 class at Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 


Kaitlyn Block (UTD 2013)
“I am most looking forward to helping redefine community and connectivity in the wake of the pandemic. While students may have missed out on fundamental college experiences, we as Alumni can ensure they always have a Terry Family and engage them meaningfully as students and upon graduation.”

Kaitlyn Block currently resides in Houston, Texas and is a program manager in Cancer Prevention & Control at The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She graduated in 2017 from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies and minor in political science as a 2013 Terry Scholar. Upon graduation, she attended Yale School of Public Health receiving a Master of Public Health in Health Policy. Passionate about population health and disease prevention, Kaitlyn was ecstatic to work on these issues while also returning to her home state, the UT System, and her Terry family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Ellie, fostering kittens through the Houston SPCA, and listening to podcasts.

 


Landon Cowan (UNT 2013)
“I am thrilled to learn more about the ‘behind the scenes’ work of the Foundation and find ways to assist with DEI and professional development initiatives!”

Landon Cowan is a 2013 UNT Traditional Scholar from Mansfield, Texas. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a 2nd-year doctoral student in Psychology-Behavior Analysis at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Landon is currently preparing his dissertation that will focus on the development of a clinical problem-solving model that clinicians working with learners with autism (or autistic folks) can apply when learners encounter a barrier to learning. Landon serves as a Graduate Student Representative on the Marquette University Psychology Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and the Student Group Representative for the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (ABAI VB SIG).

 


Alicia Dietrich (UT 2000)
“I’m most excited for connecting with my Terry Family on a more regular basis through the Advisory Board and learning more about how I can support the mission of the Terry Foundation.”

Alicia Dietrich is the director of communications for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She’s been in this role since 2015 and has worked in communications at UT since 2006. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge program, and she previously served on the executive board of the nonprofit organization Friends of The Daily Texan. She also serves as the co-chair of the Terry Scholars Alumni Association’s Austin Chapter. She’s an avid reader and traveler and aspiring ukulele player.

 


Michael Drab (UH 2009)
“I am looking forward to helping the Foundation help its students achieve their goals.”

Michael Drab is an Associate Attorney in the Houston office for Jackson Walker LLP. In his practice, Michael assists employers and businesses resolve disputes arising from various kinds of employment relationships. Before joining Jackson Walker, Michael worked as judicial law clerk for the federal judiciary.

 


Reagan Gieseking (TAMU 2007)
“I’m excited to be a new member on the Alumni Advisory Board in order to learn even more about the Foundation and do my part in helping us grow.”

Reagan Gieseking is a 2007 Texas A&M scholar. She graduated with a Communication degree and now works in digital signage as a client success manager. She and her husband, PJ, live with their 2 dogs in Fort Worth, Texas. Reagan loves live music and traveling and crochets in her spare time.

 


Curtis Jeffries (UNT 2015)
“I am excited about giving back in every way that I can, I want to bring energy, enthusiasm and create more interaction among our Terry Alumni & Scholars and strive to build more dialogue, interaction and unity.”

Curtis Jeffries graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.  He is currently working in Grand Prairie, Tx as an Operations Manager with K&N Engineering, which manufactures over 12,000 different auto parts, specializing in air filters and intake valves.  He currently manages over 50 associates in shipping and receiving.  Prior to joining K&N Engineering, Curtis was the Operations Manager at Stonecrop Technologies, which built cell phone towers for Sprint.  He is an avid book collector, with over 150 signed first edition first printings.

 


Rachel Murdy (TTU 2012)
“I am excited to get to know more of my Terry Family, to learn more about the Foundation, and to serve in whatever ways help promote a healthy Terry Scholarship program and community for many years to come!”

Rachel Murdy is a 2012 Texas Tech Terry Scholar from Austin, Texas. She works as a Technical Writer for Southwest Airlines, where she collaborates with subject matter experts to ensure the pilot manuals remain accurate and usable in an ever-evolving industry. She takes advantage of her travel benefits as much as she can, and stays involved in her community through serving at her local church.

 

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Andrea Rosales (TAMU 1998)
“I am looking forward to connecting with Alumni and current Scholars to help them achieve their goals!  I am also excited to learn more about how the Foundation operates and would love to contribute to its strategy development.”

Andrea Rosales graduated from Texas A&M in 2002 and took a commission into the US Army to serve as a military intelligence officer. She has been assigned all over the world and truly enjoys leading our nation’s best and brightest men and women in uniform. Andrea also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and this summer will complete a program to earn a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College, a school within the National Defense University located in Washington DC.  She and her spouse and son currently call Virginia home and return to Texas as much as possible to enjoy good food, football, and family.

 


Bruce Wilson (TTU 2015)
“I am looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how the Foundation operates as well as assisting with planning for future generations of Scholars.”

Bruce Wilson is a 2015 Terry Scholar from Texas Tech University, where he graduated with a BBA in Management Information Systems in 2018 and an MBA in 2019. He also serves as the Vice President for the Terry Scholar Alumni Association West Texas Chapter. He recently accepted a position at JPMorgan Chase as an Commercial Banking Onboarding Specialist, where he will be tasked with managing the onboarding of the bank’s international clients.

Meet Our New Board Members

We take great pleasure in welcoming Brandy Horton and Kathryn Flowers to our board as our newest directors.  The goal of our Founders was for our board be comprised of Terry Scholar Alumni who can administer the program for the benefit of future Terry Scholars.  The addition of these dedicated individuals, both of whom have demonstrated a passion for helping educate young Texans, will bring us closer to realizing that goal. Brandy and Kathryn’s terms begin on January 1, 2022.

Newest Board Members

 

Brandy Horton (TAMU 2001)

Brandy Horton is a native of Livingston, Texas and is a 2001 Texas A&M University Terry Scholar.  She earned her B.S. in Entomology & Forensics in 2006.  She is currently the Director of Occupational Health and Quality for GEODIS Logistics LLC, where she has worked for the last seven years.  Prior to her employment with GEODIS Logistics LLC, Brandy worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Environmental Specialist.

Brandy and her husband, Tim, live in Glenn Heights, TX with their two children, Parker and Harper.  Her volunteer interests include a variety of school, sports and civic organizations.  Brandy has a passion for the Terry Foundation and has previously served as an Alumni Advisory Board member.

below: Brandy with fellow Terry Interview Panelists (2018)

 

Kathryn Flowers (UT-Austin 2007)

Kathryn Elizabeth Flowers is a member of the 2007 UT Austin class of Terry Scholars. She received her Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin in 2014 and her B.A. in Theater and Dance from UT Austin in 2010. She is an Assistant Director in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the core administrative team and oversees departmental operations related to education, clinical operations, and the research enterprise.

Kathryn resides in Austin, TX, with her husband Keith Salas and their fraternal twin boys, Bernard and Mateo. She is civically active in local nonprofits and governmental boards related to transportation policy and land conservation in Central Texas.

below: Kathryn with fellow Terry Interview Panelists (2018)

 

Current 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

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

Read Board Bios

New Members (as of January 1, 2022)

Brandy Butler Horton (TAMU 2001), Terry Scholar

Kathryn Flowers (UT 2007), Terry Scholar

 

2021 Terry Interviews

Terry Scholarship Interviews for the 2021-2022 academic year awards took place from March 22nd – 30th.

Throughout the Terry Foundation’s 34-year history, a 30-minute interview has always been the cornerstone of our selection process, which evaluates candidates based on ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP, and FINANCIAL NEED.

Due to social distancing precautions made necessary by the spread of COVID-19, the Terry Foundation hosted its annual interview process for the Terry Traditional Scholarship 100% virtually.
We can’t wait to welcome the new 2021 Terry Scholars, and we thank everyone who is working to make this year’s interview cycle possible.

Statistics for this interview cycle

  • 11 Texas public universities nominated a total of 354 high school seniors for an interview.
  • Interviews were conducted by six-person panels staffed by 78 Terry Alumni volunteers.
  • After the panels make their selections, the Terry Foundation will extend 168 fill-ride scholarship offers.

New Advisory Board Members

The Foundation is proud to welcome the newest members to the Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board (TSAAB). These new members were chosen through an application process hosted by the Advisory Board Application Committee and began their three-year term in January. The Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board  is comprised of Alumni who have distinguished themselves in their service to the Foundation and to their fellow Terry Scholars. These individuals represent the Foundation at Terry functions, such as banquets and picnics, and participate in discussions about strengthening and supporting the Terry Community.

Full Member List

 

Derek Castillo (UT 1988)
“I’m looking forward to finding ways to engage ‘older’ Terry alumni like myself. I’m also interested in exploring possible fundraising strategies for the Foundation.”

Derek Castillo is the Transformation and Enablement Leader of IBM’s Marketing Studio. He handles communication, education and various initiatives for a global group of 1200 marketers. Derek is a former award-winning television broadcaster and has also worked in development at The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin with his wife, Veronica. His son, Jared, is a senior at St. Edward’s University majoring in Communications.

 


Chrissy Citzler-Carr (UT 1993)
“I’m very excited to join the Advisory Board and use my experience to help this Foundation grow and flourish and to continue the networking across the Terry family.”

Chrissy Citzler-Carr is currently the Controller for Apollo Endosurgery, a medical device company in Austin, Texas. Before joining Apollo, she previously worked for GE in a variety of financial reporting roles in London and in Connecticut. She is happy to be back in the great state of Texas and loves being able to go to Texas Longhorn games in person, when possible.

 


Dr. Christopher Loo (TAMU 1996)
“I am most excited about learning the inner workings of the Foundation and assisting with planning the future direction of the Foundation.”

Dr. Christopher Loo, MD, PhD is an orthopedic surgeon, serial entrepreneur, investor, author, consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker. He received his MD-PhD from the Medical Scientist Training Program offered through the Baylor College of Medicine and Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Dr. Loo started his consulting company in 2017 to promote financial literacy among physicians. Dr. Loo is an author, a regular podcast contributor, director of a monthly career success membership program, manager of a private Facebook group “Financial Freedom for Physicians”, an advisor to Valhalla Healthcare (an early AI healthcare startup), and he is listed by Board Vitals as “One of the Top 50 MD’s to follow on Instagram.”

 

Laura Friello (UTSA 2006)
“I’m excited about being able to learn more about the inner workings of the Foundation and helping it grow both in numbers and connectivity.”

Laura Friello is part of the inaugural class of 2006 UTSA Traditional Terrys and graduated in 2011 with a BS in Civil Engineering. She is currently a Project Manager in the Central Texas Transportation group of Garver, a civil engineering consultant firm, where she plans and designs roadway and pedestrian projects. In addition to being on the Terry Advisory Board, Laura is on the Executive Board for the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter (an organization focused on advancing women in the transportation industry) and active in multiple K-12 and university STEM and scholarship outreach programs. In her free time, Laura loves to watch movies, build models, and hike with her husband, Anthony, and son, Logan.

 


Krystafer Redden (UH 2008)
“Living out of state, I am looking forward to reconnecting with Foundation staff, current scholars, and alumni; but, I also look forward to opportunities and avenues to use the gifts and passions Howard and Nancy Terry generously supported and nurtured to give back to the perpetuation of their work.”

Krystafer Redden currently serves as a Transformation Specialist in the Division of the System Transformation and the COVID-19 Project Manager for Operations and Finance at the Rhode Island Department of Education. In this role, Krystafer provides broad assistance to a cohort of districts and schools identified for improvement; in particular, he supports the annual allocation, implementation, and monitoring of over $6M dollars in federal school improvement funds; develops, designs, and supports teacher and leader talent management, pipelines, and professional learning strategies in turnaround contexts; and shepherds the emergence of new governance models. Recently, he has supported the whole-of-state cross-agency response to COVID-19, focusing primarily on safely reopening school buildings, coordinating braided federal funding streams, and tackling education finance challenges in the wake of coronavirus. Krystafer is also a fellow with the Strategic Data Project within the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

 


Salma Mendez (UTSA 2012)
“I’m passionate about community and diversity in all aspects of life. I’m excited to serve as an advisory board member to connect with other Terrys and help the Foundation continue to impact lives for generations to come.”

Salma Mendez is a 2012 UTSA Terry Scholar from Mexico City. She works in the ed-tech and travel industries and resides in Austin. She is the owner of Travel Guru Destinations, a service designed to help others travel more, and she also works in sales at a higher-ed company called Acadeum — working to create networks of online education for students.

 


Kyle Russo (UTD 2012)
“I am ecstatic to serve on the Advisory Board as a liaison to enhance the relationship between the Foundation, alumni, and scholars moving forward!”

Kyle Russo graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Biology and an MS in Healthcare Management. He is currently a registered nurse for MD Anderson Cancer Center in an acute care setting for patients with various cancers. He lives in Houston with his girlfriend Arlene and their labradoodle, Ecko.

 


Kwentoria Williams (UTD 2013)
“As a member of the Advisory Board, I look forward to cultivating mentoring relationships with current scholars and sharing fresh ideas to promote the longevity of the Terry Scholarship for generations of Texans to come.”

Kwentoria A. Williams, a UTD-2013 transfer scholar, currently serves as Communications Director and Healthcare Liaison for the Honorable Al Green, U.S. Representative for the Ninth Congressional District of Texas. In this role, she oversees all communications operations and serves as a liaison between the congressional office and the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. In addition to the Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board, Kwentoria is involved in the community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, parishioner at Higher Dimension Church, member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), alumna of the Movement Mujeres fellowship program, Board Member for EveryBody Texas, and Ambassador with the United State of Women (USOW).

 


Logan Jung (UTSA 2013)
“I’m looking to be a mentor for those that are non-traditional students who are most likely going through a life or career change similar to what I went through.”

Logan Jung was born and raised in San Antonio and spent 5 years working as a chef in San Antonio, Austin, and Chicago before deciding to go back to school and study statistics. He was of the first round of Transfer Terrys at UTSA and was also part of the first cohort to go through the Master’s in Data Analytics program at USTA. Currently, he works as a ‘Decision Science Analyst’ at USAA. On a daily basis, he answers data, analytics, and visualization questions related to USAA financial content being produced to encourage sound financial decisions among our USAA members and prospects.

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)

Student Spotlight-Olivia Arratia

Capturing Hope through Adversity

Olivia Arratia (TWU 2017) is a Terry Transfer Scholar and graduating senior, majoring in Photography with a concentration in Business. Olivia shared how she is being affected by our current COVID-19 climate:

“Life is going very slow for me right now. I am usually always on the go with a jam-packed busy schedule! So, this is definitely a change for me; working, attending classes, and completing assignments at home. I am a coffee-shop-library-studying kinda girl, so I have had to be patient with myself in a new learning environment. I also went through the heartbreak of not being able to walk across the stage for graduation this year and missing the Terry Scholars Picnic. All that being said, I am hopeful for the future. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have received as a Terry Scholar and TWU student, and my journey does not end here!”

“I also went through the heartbreak of not being able to walk across the stage for graduation this year and missing the Terry Scholars Picnic. All that being said, I am hopeful for the future.”

Reflecting on what led her to choose her major of Photography with a concentration in business, Olivia shared:

“Growing up in southern California exposed me to a love for the arts. I was surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and the ocean, and much of my Catholic religion and Hispanic culture. I took my first photography class at my community college after my family and I moved to Dallas from California. I fell in love with the process of capturing a moment, place, or person in time. Through photography, I am able to express myself and help others express themselves too! I currently run my own photography business and hope one day to open up my own studio! My business classes at TWU have provided me with a firm foundation on business skills and entrepreneurship, and I continue to implement them as my business grows.”

Terry Scholar in a floral print long sleeved dress is seated, smiling, at a desk with many different types of cameras displayed in front. She has long black hair with a single white streak of hair in front. To the left in the background is a pennant that reads Texas Women's University

Despite many of her senior experiences being unexpectedly cut-short, Olivia still accomplished a great deal this past year:

“I had a solo exhibition in the TWU Student U Gallery, and have had two of my art pieces featured in the 2019 John Weinkein Juried Student Art Exhibition, one winning 4th place. I am currently interning with The Highlands school in Dallas and have maintained a GPA of 4.0. This February, I had a solo exhibition in Hubbard Hall and two art pieces accepted into the Joyce Elaine Grant Lens Exhibition at TWU, and I married my high school sweetheart of six years!”

A Terry Scholar on her wedding day standing face to face, smiling, and holding hands with her husband. daytime

“I am so very grateful to have had two of my photographs in the 17th Annual Joyce Elaine
Grant Juried Exhibition! Both images come from the series ‘The Only Place’ titled ‘Café
con Margarita and Mango & Margarita’This show was juried by the amazing Lisa Sutcliffe!”

Terry Scholar standing in front of her art work, smiling

Photo displayed in a gallery by Terry Scholar Olivia Arratia with a bright red background and textured light golden brown fur.
Source: Olivia’s Instagram- @olive_garden_

“My photo transfer book Hodie Sactorum got 4th place at the 2019 John Weinkein Juried Student Exhibition! It was also placed in the TWU Libraries permanent database for collection! Hodie Sactorum translated from Latin is ‘today’s saints.’ This book is dedicated to the faithful men and women of the Catholic Church existing after the 1880s. Photographs of saints are important to me because it represents them as what they are; Humans. Throughout their suffering they have kept Christ close to them and reached their ultimate goal, Heaven.”

Terry Scholars art work winning 4th place

Terry Scholars art project, a transfer photo book, is open on a dsiplay stand, on the bottom rate a plaque reads 4th place Olivia Arratia

Source: Olivia’s Instagram- @olive_garden_

Olivia spoke at the 2019 TWU Terry Banquet, providing words of hope and encouragement to her fellow Terry Scholars, her words were inspiring then and still ring true today, especially given this unprecedented time in our country:

Terry Scholar Olivia Arratia stands at a podium with a TWU maroon backdrop giving a speech at the 2019 TWU Terry Scholars Banquet

“Oftentimes, I ask myself, why me? Why did the Terry Foundation choose me out of all the students who were interviewed? I still may struggle with this question when self-doubt enters. But one thing I know is they chose me because they believed in me, more than I believed in myself. The same goes for you: The Terry foundation chose you because they believed in you. Every one of you was chosen because the foundation knew you would succeed. They recognized your hardships and victories, saw your strengths AND your weaknesses and believed in you.”

“Every one of you was chosen because the foundation knew you would succeed. They recognized your hardships and victories, saw your strengths AND your weaknesses and believed in you.”

“Know that the road to success is never easy, there will be obstacles, downfalls, sadness, and trials that will make you want to give up. Just remember that you are never alone. From leaving an abusive roommate situation, losing my grandmother to stage four cancer, and dealing with depression, these past three years have been a challenge. However, I knew I could always lean on my Terry family for support and help. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes, “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.” No matter how crazy this semester will get, don’t let anyone or anything take away the greatness you are able to achieve. The Terry Foundation saw your greatness, believed in you and knew you would succeed.”

Terry Scholar, Olivia Arratia, seated outdoors on a brown rattan couch with a bright turquoise cushion next to her grandmother in HawaiiOlivia with her grandmother

Terry Scholar, Olivia Arratia, with her 5 siblings outdoors. All are hugging and smiling. Olivia with her five siblings

In closing, Olivia shared the following sentiments for her fellow Terry Scholars:

“I look forward to the day when we can all go out and give each other hugs and no more elbow-fives! There is a bigger plan for us all, and I pray every day for all of those that have been affected by the virus, and those who are putting their lives in danger to protect ours.”

Terry Scholars standing outdoors at the Terry Foundation picnic, wearing navy blue tshirts and smiling.

Terry Scholars (Olivia and Zaina)standing outdoors at the Terry Foundation picnic, wearing navy blue tshirts and smiling.

TWU Terry Scholars Group Picnic Photo standing outdoors at SouthFork Ranch in Texas wearing matching Terry blue tshirts and smiling.

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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