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