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 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 3 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 financial aid
  • 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 will open September 14, 2015.

  1. Complete the online application (the application will be available on this page).
  2. Submit your required essay and optional resume via the online application.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required. To submit letters of recommendation, please have your recommenders email their letters directly to terry@uh.edu.
  4. Your application will not be completed until you are formally admitted to the University of Houston for Fall 2016 at which point we will download your transcripts and test scores from the University of Houston database.

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 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 at the time of application
  • Admission for Summer or Fall 2016 to the University of Houston as a Transfer student

How to Apply - Transfer Application

The Transfer application is currently closed. In the future, please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Complete the online application (the application will be available on this page).
  2. Submit your required essay and optional resume via the online application.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. At that point, we will download all of your transcripts from previously attended institutions from the University of Houston database.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Seitz at terry@uh.edu.