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Terry Foundation Scholarship

Terry Foundation Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

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The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based philanthropic organization that provides scholarships for outstanding Texas students to attend in-state public colleges and universities, including the University of Houston. Established in 1986 by Nancy & Howard Terry, the foundation has awarded scholarships to thousands of Freshmen and transfer students from all over the state. 

For Freshmen students, the Terry Foundation Traditional scholarship amount is based on the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses), is adjusted individually based on additional sources of financial support, and is renewable for four years of undergraduate study. For Transfer students, the Terry Foundation Transfer scholarship will cover 65 percent of the UH cost of attendance—with a minimum award of $19,000 per year—and is renewable for three years of undergraduate study.

In addition, each Terry Scholar is eligible to receive a study abroad stipend to fund their study abroad experience. The stipend amount will vary based on the duration of the study abroad program. Between the 2015-17 academic years, 66 Terry Scholars received over $600,000 from the Terry Foundation to fund their study abroad experiences.

To be considered for either of these scholarships, applicants should demonstrate the following:

Freshman Applicant Qualifications:

  • Financial need
  • A record of leadership in school and community
  • Strong academic abilities as evidenced by grades and SAT/ACT scores
  • Meet U.S. and Texas residency and citizenship requirements sufficient to qualify for in-state tuition and for federal aid assistance
  • Graduation from a Texas high school or homeschool
  • Reside on campus for the first year
  • Admission for Fall 2018 to the University of Houston as a full-time entering Freshman student

How to Apply - Freshman Application

The Freshman application opens September 15, 2017 and closes on January 19, 2018 at noon. For an application to be considered complete, Terry Scholarship Freshman applicants must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to the University of Houston no later than January 12, 2018.
  2. Submit a completed application by noon on January 19, 2018:
    • Complete online application
    • Required essays and resume (submit via online application or email to terry@uh.edu)
      • Essay 1: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.
      • Essay 2: In approximately 500 words, describe an example of your leadership. Be sure to describe your actions and the actions of those around you and to explain what you accomplished.
    • Two letters of recommendation, on official stationery, addressing your academic and leadership abilities. Mailed letters must be postmarked by January 12, 2018. Letters sent from the high school or business email address may be emailed to terry@uh.edu.
    • A sealed, official high school transcript to the address below. Mailed materials must by postmarked by January 12, 2018.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 9, 2018.
  4. Apply for on-campus housing once you have been admitted to UH. Freshman Terry Scholars are required to live on campus. On-campus housing for Terry Scholars is located in Honors housing in Cougar Village I.
Terry Freshman Scholarship Competition
Honors College
M.D. Anderson Library
4333 University Dr Rm 212
Houston, TX 77204-2001

 

Transfer Applicant Qualifications:

  • Financial need
  • A record of leadership in school and community
  • Strong academic abilities (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA)
  • Meet U.S. and Texas residency and citizenship requirements sufficient to qualify for in-state tuition and federal financial aid
  • Completed at least 30 hours of transferrable, post-high school credit in residence at a Texas college or university at the time of application
  • Be at least 20 years of age on May 1 of the year in which the application is submitted
  • Current continuous resident of the State of Texas for at least 3 years as of June 2018.
  • Admission for Summer or Fall 2018 to the University of Houston as a full-time Transfer student, for the purpose of completing your first baccalaureate degree

How to Apply - Transfer Application

The Transfer application opens December 1, 2017 and closes April 6, 2018 at noon. Please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Submit a completed application by noon on April 6, 2018.
    • Complete an online application
    • Required essay and resume (submit via online application or email to terry@uh.edu.)
      • Essay Topic: As a transfer/non-traditional student,  you have a story to tell about your educational journey. Some students describe a direct path from high school to community college, while others tell of a pathway that was less direct, not no less impactful, upon the person they have become. You might also describe a particular event or moment when you discovered what you wanted to achieve and realized what you needed to do to accomplish your goals. Please tell us your story of how you decided to study at the University of Houston
    • Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Mailed materials must be postmarked by March 30, 2018. 
  2. Letters of recommendation are NOT required for the Transfer Application, but up to one letter can be accepted. To submit a letter of recommendation, please have your recommender email their letter directly to terry@uh.eduMailed materials must be postmarked by March 30, 2018. 
  3. Complete the FAFSA (recommended) by April 1, 2018.
  4. Apply and be accepted to the University of Houston for Summer or Fall 2018 no later than March 30, 2018. Your application will not be completed until you are admitted to the University of Houston as a transfer student. 

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Houston Terry Coordinators at terry@uh.edu.

Terry Transfer Scholarship Competition
Honors College
M.D. Anderson Library
4333 University Dr Rm 212
Houston, TX 77204-2001