The Terry Foundation

Freshman Scholarship

The Terry Freshman Scholarship, known as the Terry Traditional Scholarship, is awarded to Texas high school seniors who have been accepted for admission to one of the Terry-affiliated public universities in Texas.

Affiliated Universities

  • The University of Texas- Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Houston
  • Texas State University
  • The University of Texas- Dallas
  • The University of Texas- San Antonio
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • The University of Texas- Arlington
  • The University of Texas- El Paso
  • Texas A&M University- Galveston**
  • Sam Houston State University**
**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.

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Freshman Qualifications

  • Academic Achievement

    Applicants must demonstrate strong academic abilities, as evidenced by grades and SAT/ACT scores.

  • Demonstrated Leadership

    Applicants must have a record of leadership in school and in the community.

  • Financial Need

    Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as evidenced by the completion of the FAFSA.

  • Citizenship and Residency

    Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a Permanent Resident and meet Texas residency requirements. Candidates must also qualify for in-state tuition and for federal financial aid assistance.

  • High School Graduate

    Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Texas high school or homeschool. Applicants who have taken a gap year immediately following their graduation from high school are not eligible for consideration. 

  • College Admission

    Applicants must be admitted to a Terry-affiliated college or university as a full-time entering Freshman student for the upcoming Fall Semester.

  • On-Campus Residency

    Applicants must apply and commit to residing on campus for the first year of school.

  • Terry School Nomination

    Applicants must be nominated by one of the thirteen Terry-affiliated Texas public universities.

Application Process

Applications for the Terry Scholarship are available only from the universities and are not available from the Foundation or from high schools.

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Interview Process

Terry Scholarship affiliates at each university review applications and nominate candidates for interviews with the Foundation.

The Terry Interview

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