The Foundation hosts THREE mandatory events each year. Our intention is that Scholars will spend their time at these functions getting to know the Foundation’s Directors and staff, the Terry Scholar Alumni, and each other.
At the beginning of each academic year, the Foundation hosts an orientation event at each of the universities for all current and incoming Traditional and Transfer Scholars. Scholars receive valuable information about the Terry Scholarship program, strategies for student success, and the Terry Scholar student organization on their campus, in addition to meeting their Terry Campus Coordinator and their Scholar Relations contact from the Foundation. Attendance at Terry Orientation is mandatory for all current Terry Scholars.
The Foundation also sponsors a formal dinner in the fall at each university. The dinner features presentations by upper class Scholars, representatives of the Terry Scholar Student Organization, and an invited guest speaker. Dress is business professional (coat and tie), but Scholars are not required or expected to purchase special clothes for this event. The dinner is preceded by a reception, during which time all Scholars are photographed individually for the Terry Annual. The banquet is an opportunity for Terry Scholars to meet and network with the Terry alumni, Directors, Foundation staff, and other Scholars. Every current Terry Scholar is required to attend and participate.
In the late spring, all of the Scholars travel by bus from each university to a picnic where the accomplishments of the graduating seniors are recognized. Currently, there are five spring picnics: George Ranch (TAMU, UH, TAMUG, SHSU), Central Texas (UT, UTSA, TXST), Southfork Ranch (UTD, UNT, TWU, UTA), Lubbock (TTU), and El Paso (UTEP). Terry Alumni, Board and Advisory Board Members, and University Partners will join current Scholars to celebrate the seniors. During the Terry Gold Pen Ceremony, graduates receive a gold pen from the Foundation and share their plans for the future. Every current Terry Scholar is required to attend and participate.