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Terry Foundation Scholarship Program at Texas Tech

What is the Terry Foundation Scholar Program?

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based scholarship program founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas High school graduates for attendance at public colleges and universities within the state. Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard & Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted hundreds of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders' goal of helping young people to help themselves.

Traditional Freshman Program for Entering College Freshmen

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Terry Traditional Freshman Scholarship is January 10, 2020.

The Terry Foundation Scholarship program provides scholarships for up to eight (8) semesters to outstanding Texas high school graduates who show promise for being future leaders of Texas. The Foundation has assisted hundreds of Terry Scholars in meeting the founders' goal of helping young people to help themselves.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for the Terry Scholars at TTU program, students should be able to demonstrate a strong record of leadership in school and community, show financial need, and possess strong academic abilities, as evidenced by grades, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores. Applicants must also be graduates from a Texas high school (or home-schooled in Texas) and admitted to the Texas Tech University as a full-time student.

Selection Process

From the applications received, only a few candidates will be nominated and their applications forwarded to the Foundation for review. Please know that Texas Tech University serves as a nominating body only; all final decisions regarding Terry Foundation Scholarship awards and award amounts are made by the Terry Foundation.

Award Amount

Terry Scholar award amounts are determined annually based on the cost of attendance at TTU, including tuition, fees, books, on-campus room and board and miscellaneous expenses. The actual specific amount of the award will vary for each scholar, depending on other scholarship and awards.

Student Housing

Terry Scholars at Texas Tech live together in Murray Hall during their first year. Living together helps create a strong community and Terry's form lasting friendships during their time in the residence hall. Many choose to continue to live with other Terrys on campus after their first year. Learn More HERE

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the academic continuing scholarship requirements and the three (3) required Foundation events each year, the successful TTU Terry Scholar will be prepared to be actively involved in campus activities.

Terry Student Organization

A special TTU student organization for Terry Scholars will offer recipients the opportunity to develop a community service agenda and mentor incoming scholars. Learn More HERE

Honors College

Scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in the TTU Honors College. Terry Scholars are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the benefits that being a member of the Honors College affords. Apply to the Honors College HERE

More Information about the Freshman Terry Scholarship HERE

Freshman Application Process

First, apply to Texas Tech University using the Apply Texas application at TTU Admissions. Apply as soon as possible. Based on the student's answers to the questions on Apply Texas as well as the scholarship application for the university, students are nominated to become scholarship applicants. The university will email qualified applicants an invitation to apply through January.

After applications are received by the university a committee reviews the applications and sends forward a select few to the foundation for consideration in February. From there several will be invited to interview with a panel in April or May.

The interview panel will select the incoming class of Terrys for the following fall.


Terry Student Group

Students who receive the Terry Scholarship are a part of the Terry Student Organization, who functions to enhance the experience of the Terry Scholars and to give back to the community at large.

Learn More HERE


Please send your questions to the Texas Tech Terry Scholar Program Coordinator: Christina Rosson 

Terry Foundation Scholar Program