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"The Terry Foundation was established in 1986 by Houstonians, recently deceased Howard and his wife, Nancy Terry, out of a desire to help young people to help themselves. The Foundation's goal is to strengthen the State of Texas by identifying Texas high school graduates who have promise of future leadership distinction and assisting them in developing their future and the future of those around them."
The Terry Foundation provides four-year scholarships for Texas resident students attending one of the Texas universities listed below. Terry Scholars are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of incoming freshmen who demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, and scholastic ability. Family income and financial need are also considered.
Candidates for the Terry Foundation Scholarship are nominated by the universities listed below, which are affiliated with the Foundation.  Applications for the Terry Foundation Scholarship are available only from the universities and are not available from the Foundation. 
Qualifications for Terry Scholarship (Incoming Freshmen)

The Terry Foundation provides full-ride scholarships that are renewable for up to four years to Texas high school students. These students are selected from a highly competitive pool of incoming freshmen who have excelled in academics, leadership, and character. This scholarship also considers financial need.

To be considered for the Terry Foundation Scholarship, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Proven leadership in their school and community
  • Financial need and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 2017
  • Strong academic record (grades, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, etc.)
  • Graduation from a Texas high school
  • Full-time enrollment at a university listed below
  • Living on campus during the first year of the scholarship as part of the Terry Scholars Learning Community
                                                                                                TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
                                                                                       THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

                                                                                         THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
                                                                                            TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS

                                                                                      THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO

                                                                                              THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

                                                                                                 THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

                                                                                                         TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

                                                                                                      TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                   SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY
                                                                                               TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT GALVESTON

    Begin an ApplyTexas Application and select one of the universities above as your target university. You must begin the Admission Section of the application before you are given access to the Scholarship Section.
  • Complete and save the Admission Section. Doing so, leads you directly into the Scholarship Section, which will allow the University to also consider you for other available scholarships. Much of your scholarship information is directly tied to the Admission Section, so it is very important that you save your admission information before you begin the Scholarship Section.
  • Select the Terry Foundation Scholarship from the list of available scholarships. You will be prompted to answer several scholarship and university specific questions to apply for the Terry Foundation Scholarship.
  • Complete and SUBMIT your ApplyTexas application, including all required essays NO LATER THAN December 1.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15. (Application available January 1.) The FAFSA application will determine your eligibility for federal grants and is REQUIRED for all Terry Foundation Candidates and Finalists.

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