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Terry Foundation
Scholars Program

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Terry Foundation

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.

Terry Foundation® Scholarship for First Time in College Students

Application Deadline: January 10, 2024 at 6:00pm CST

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.

How to Apply

Complete the application for admission to Texas Tech University before the December 1 priority deadline and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15, 2024. The FAFSA application will determine your eligibility for federal grants and is required for all Terry Foundation® candidates and finalists. Eligible candidates are identified through their completed admissions file and will receive a Terry Scholars® application from Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Candidates will be required to submit the following items:

  • A completed Terry Scholars® at Texas Tech University Application. (Available October 1)
  • One letter of professional recommendation. A core subject teacher recommendation is preferred. Letters will be uploaded as part of the online application.
  • Two essays, which are included on the Terry Scholarship application.
  • College transcript for students who have completed or will complete 15 or more dual credit hours.


To be considered for the Terry Scholars® Program, students must:

    • Show a strong record of leadership in school and community
    • Show financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Show strong academic abilities, as evidenced by grades, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores
    • Be a 2024 graduate from a Texas high school or Texas home-school
    • Be admitted to Texas Tech University as a full-time student for 2024-2025
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

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, and all final decisions regarding Terry Foundation® Scholarship awards and award amounts are made by the Terry Foundation.

Terry Scholar® award amounts are determined annually based on the cost of attendance at Texas Tech, 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.

December 1 - Deadline to apply to TTU and be considered for Terry eligibility. Learn more here.

January 10 - Deadline to apply to the Terry Scholars® Program here.

February 15 - FAFSA must be on file at TTU; Complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov beginning December 2023.

February 15 - Complete the on-campus housing sign-up process at housing.ttu.edu.


Additional Opportunities

In addition to the academic continuing scholarship requirements and the three required foundation events each year, the successful Terry Scholar® will be prepared to be actively involved in campus activities.

Terry Scholars® live in Murray Hall during their first year. Living together helps create a strong community and form lasting friendships during their time in the residence hall. Many choose to continue living with other Terrys on campus after their first year. Learn more here.

A special Texas Tech student organization for Terry Scholars® will offer recipients the opportunity to develop a community service agenda and mentor incoming scholars.

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.


Christy Montecillo
Terry Scholarship Campus Coordinator
Senior Director - Student Services


Terry Foundation® Scholar Program