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Terry Foundation Scholarship

Terry Foundation Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

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UPDATE: Effective May 2020, the Terry Foundation will no longer offer transfer scholarships, including for the 2020-2021 academic year. While the Terry Foundation deeply regrets having to take this action, it is a necessary step to ensure that the Foundation may continue awarding scholarships. 

All existing Terry Transfer Scholarship will continue to be funded.

 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 eight semesters of undergraduate study. 

In addition, each Terry Scholar is eligible to receive a study abroad stipend in the amount of $5000 to fund their study abroad experience. Between the 2015-19 academic years, 85 Terry Scholars received over $750,000 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
    • Please note: Due to the limited testing opportunities due to the ongoing pandemic, SAT/ACT scores will not be required to be eligible for the Terry Foundation Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. 
  • 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 2021 to the University of Houston as a full-time entering Freshman student

How to Apply 

The Terry Foundation Scholarship at UH application opens August 24, 2020 and closes on January 15, 2021 at noon (12 p.m.). 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 15, 2021.
  2. Submit a completed application by noon (12 p.m. CST) on January 15, 2021:
    • Complete online application.
    • Required essays and resume (submit via online application). 
      • Your full name and UHID must appear at the top of each page of your essays. The essay prompt must appear at the top of the first page of each essay. 
      • Essay 1: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?
      • 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. Letters will be submitted electronically by your letter writers. You will provide the names and emails of your two recommendation letter writers. Once you submit your application, the letter writers you have listed will be emailed and requested to upload your letter through an online form. 
      • Important: All letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline (January 15, 2021). Letters not submitted via the online form will NOT be accepted. Please make sure your letter writers have your UHID and email address, as they will need it when submitting your letter. 
      • Please note: You are still expected to ask potential letter writers if they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf prior to submitting this form.
    • A sealed, official high school transcript mailed to the address below. Mailed transcripts must by postmarked by January 15, 2021.
      • Unofficial college transcript(s), if applicable. If you have more than 15 hours of college credits from a dual credit program, community college, or university (excluding AP/IB credits), you must also submit your unofficial college transcript. You can submit this transcript via the online application.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 5, 2021.
  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

 

UPDATE: Effective May 2020, the Terry Foundation will no longer offer transfer scholarships, including for the 2020-2021 academic year. While the Terry Foundation deeply regrets having to take this action, it is a necessary step to ensure that the Foundation may continue awarding scholarships. 

All existing Terry Transfer Scholarship will continue to be funded.