Unlike many scholarship programs, the selection of a Terry Scholar is not simply based on financial need, test scores, or grade point average. Instead, Terry Scholars are chosen because they exhibit a well-rounded personality, grounded in a desire to succeed, and a demonstrated history of community leadership.
The Terry Foundation program does not consist merely of issuing checks once a semester; it is a sense of family and community. Scholars are expected to participate in Student Organizations and to be involved on campus. Similarly, Alumni often remain active and are eager to assist in many capacities. The Foundation stays in close contact with Scholars and expects current Scholars and Alumni to assist each other whenever they are able to do so.
The Terry Freshman/Traditional Scholarship Program
The Traditional Scholarship funds incoming freshmen who have graduated from a Texas high school and will attend one of the Terry-affiliated universities for the fall semester following graduation. The scholarship covers up to eight full semesters of undergraduate education and is renewable annually during that time.
NOTICE: Effective July 2020, the Terry Foundation will no longer fund NEW scholarships at Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M Galveston. All current SHSU and TAMUG Terry Scholars will continue to receive their funding, per the scholarship program’s guidelines.
NOTICE: Effective May 2020, the Terry Foundation will no longer offer transfer scholarships. All existing Terry Transfer Scholarships will be funded, and we look forward to supporting our Terry Transfer Scholars as they complete their degrees and pursue their goals.
Applications for the Terry Scholarship are available only from the universities and are not available from the Foundation or from high schools.
Terry Scholarship affiliates at each university review applications and nominate candidates for interviews with the Foundation.