Terry Foundation Honored with the Lamar Medal
In January 2016, The Terry Foundation received the Mirabeau B Lamar Award for outstanding service to higher education in Texas. The award is presented by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC). It has been given annually since 1977; past recipients have included Lt. Gov. William Hobby, Barbara Jordan, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, George Mitchell, Red McCombs and Drayton McLane just to name a few.
The Foundation was delighted to receive such recognition on behalf of our founders, Howard and Nancy Terry, who have provided access to debt-free higher education for thousands of Terry Scholars in Texas since 1987. Inception to date, the Terry Foundation has awarded over $200 million dollars to over 4,200 Scholars who have entered the program. We are currently recognized as the largest private source of scholarships in the state of Texas.
The award luncheon, which was hosted in Austin, allowed the Foundation to highlight the many accomplishments of our current and former Terry Scholars. The occasion was also used to promote the Transfer Scholarship program to many of the TACC presidents who were on hand. We would like to thank the Terry Scholar Alumni Advisory Board members who attended the luncheon and helped share the impact of the Terry Foundation with attendees from across the state.
At the end of his long life, Howard Terry observed, “the Terry Foundation is the single most important thing I’ve done in my life, because it has enabled me to help more people than I would have ever been able to help otherwise”. We are honored to continue to carry on his legacy and be a part of such an important mission in helping young people to help themselves through the power of education.