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. Created by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry in 1986, the Terry Foundation is the largest private scholarship provider in Texas. Terry Scholarships are awarded at 11 Texas public universities. Terry Scholars are selected based on three criteria: academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. Texas Woman’s University enrolled its first Terry Scholars in fall of 2013.

The Terry Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship, an up-to-full-ride award that provides high school seniors entering their freshman year with up to eight semesters of funding toward their first bachelor’s degree! In addition to support and leadership opportunities, students enjoy rich academic, cultural and social activities that enhance classroom learning.

Eligibility Requirements

Terry scholarship applications will be evaluated in mid-January. Candidates who advance in the process will be invited to participate in the Scholarship Invitational. Following interviews, Texas Woman’s University will make nominations to the Terry Foundation for final interviews. The Terry Foundation will conduct final interviews and select the TWU Terry Scholarship recipients. Final decisions are made by the Terry Foundation; Texas Woman’s University serves as a nominating body.

For more information about 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
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Will graduate from a Texas high school or home-school program in Texas
  • Acceptance to TWU as a full-time entering first-year student for the fall semester
  • Will live on campus at TWU during the first year
  • Standardized test scores will not be required for the fall 2024 application

Scholarship Awards

A holistic review of academic factors, activities/involvement and leadership ability will be provided to all applicants that meet the criteria and successfully complete the application process.

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 a last dollar scholarship 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. Over $11 million has been awarded to Terry scholars at TWU since 2013. Please note that TWU serves as a nominating body only; final decisions regarding scholarship awards are made by the Terry Foundation

Student Housing

Students in residence hall

Terry Scholars are required to live on campus during the first year in the Terry Scholar Living Learning Community. 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.

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Page last updated 12:33 PM, August 14, 2023