Terry Foundation Scholarship

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based organization founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates for attendance at public universities within the state. Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted hundreds of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders' goal of helping young people to help themselves. Texas Woman’s University enrolled its first Terry Scholars in fall 2013.

The Terry scholarship program provides more than just a check to cover tuition--Terry students experience college differently! In addition to support and leadership opportunities, students enjoy rich academic, cultural and social activities that enhance classroom learning.

Eligibility Requirements

Traditional (First-Year)

Terry scholarship applications will be evaluated in mid-January. Candidates who move forward in the process will be contacted towards the end of January to attend the Scholarship Invitational. Following interviews, Texas Woman’s University will make thirty nominations to the Terry Foundation for final interviews. The Terry Foundation will conduct interviews on Mar. 26 and Mar. 27. During this process, 12 Terry Scholarship recipients will be selected; notifications will be made by the Terry Foundation. Final decisions are made by the Terry Foundation; Texas Woman’s University serves as a nominating body.

For more information on the Terry Foundation Scholarship selection process, visit the Terry Foundation website.

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A record of leadership in school and/or community
  • Strong academic abilities
  • Grades – Minimum 3.0
  • SAT – 1130 evidence-based reading & math
  • ACT – 23 composite
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Will graduate from a Texas high school or home-school program in Texas
  • Acceptance to TWU as a full-time entering freshmen for the fall semester

Scholarship Awards

The award amount is determined annually based on the cost of attendance at TWU, including tuition, fees, books, on-campus housing, meal plan and personal expenses. The actual amount of the award will vary for each scholar, depending on other scholarship awards and the ability of the scholar's family to contribute to the cost of college.

The Foundation provides assistance to cover up to the total cost of attendance for four years. All final decisions regarding Terry Foundation Scholarship awards and award amounts are made by the Terry Foundation. In fall 2018 the Terry Foundation granted $92,750 to 12 TWU first-year scholars. 

Student Housing

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Terry Traditional Scholars are required to live on campus during the first year in Guinn Hall. Living together helps create a strong community and Terry Scholars form lasting friendships during their time in the residence hall. Many choose to continue to live with other Terry Scholars on campus after their first year.

On-campus housing applications and deposits are required prior to award of scholarship.

Visit the Housing pages for more details.

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