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Terry Foundation Scholarship 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 8, 2021

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 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 graduate from a Texas high school (or home-school in Texas) and admitted to 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, and 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 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.

Student Housing

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.

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 Student Organization

A special Texas Tech 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.



Christina Rosson
Texas Tech Coordinator
Terry Scholars Program


Terry Foundation Scholar Program