Terry Foundation Scholarship

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based organization founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer students 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. 28 and Mar. 29. During this process, 14 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
Transfer

 

Terry Transfer scholarship applications will be evaluated in April. Texas Woman’s University will make fifteen nominations to the Terry Foundation for final interviews. The Terry Foundation will conduct interviews in Houston, Texas on Jun. 27 and Jun. 28. During this process, up to 15 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.

Travel expenses will be covered for candidates traveling in-state more than 60 miles (one-way) to interview with the Terry Foundation. Nominated candidates will be able to make travel arrangements with the Terry Foundation.

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

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Currently resides and has resided in the State of Texas since June 2016
  • Completed at least 30 hours of transferable, post-high school credit at a Texas college or university at the time of application
  • At least 20 years of age or older as of May 1 of the year of application
  • A record of leadership in school and/or community
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential and character
  • Strong academic abilities, as evidenced by grades (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Will enroll in a degree program with the majority of courses taken face-to-face
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Acceptance to TWU as a full-time entering transfer student in the fall or the summer preceding
  • May not currently attend a Terry-affiliated university

Scholarship Awards

First-Year Students

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 2017 the Terry Foundation granted $100,800 to 15 TWU first-year scholars. 

Transfer Students

Terry Transfer scholarship awards are determined by the Terry Foundation. The scholarship amounts to 65 percent of the total cost of attendance. Awards are renewable for up to three years and can be adjusted annually. The 2018-2019 award is $13,800.

 

Student Housing

<h3>Student Housing</h3>

First-Year Students

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.

Transfer Students

Terry Transfer Scholars are not required to live on campus but may choose to do so, and family housing is available. Students may also search off-campus housing options using the Texas Woman’s University Off-campus housing service.

Visit the Housing pages for more details.

Page last updated 11:03 AM, November 27, 2018