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. The amount of the Terry Freshman scholarship is based on the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses) and is adjusted individually based on additional sources of financial support. Established in 1986 by Nancy & Howard Terry, the foundation has awarded 4-year scholarships to thousands of graduating high school seniors from all over the state. 

Moreover, the Terry Foundation has expanded its program to include Transfer/Non-Traditional students at the University of Houston. The Terry transfer scholarship will cover 65 percent of the UH Cost of Attendance with a minimum award of $13,000 per year and is renewable for three years of undergraduate study. 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 2016 to the University of Houston as a full-time entering Freshman student

How to Apply - Freshman Application

The Freshman application opens October 1, 2015 and closes January 29, 2016. 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 29, 2016.
  2. Submit a completed application by 11:59 p.m. on January 29, 2016:
    1. Complete online application
    2. Required essays and resume (submit via online application or email to terry@uh.edu)
    3. Two letters of recommendation, on official stationery, addressing your academic and leadership abilities. Mailed letters must be postmarked by January 29, 2016. Letters sent from the high school or business email address may be emailed to terry@uh.edu.
    4. A sealed, official high school transcript to the address below. Mailed materials must by postmarked by January 29, 2016.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 26, 2016.
  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 2016.
  • Admission for Summer or Fall 2016 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 January 1, 2016 and closes April 25, 2016. Please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit your required essay and resume via the online application.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  4. 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.edu.
  5. Complete the FAFSA (recommended) by April 1, 2016.
  6. Your application will not be completed until you are formally admitted to the University of Houston as a Transfer student for Summer or Fall 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Rhoden at terry@uh.edu.