The Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas

Terry Foundation Scholarship

The Terry Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the largest providers of private scholarships in the state of Texas having awarded scholarship funding to 4200+ scholars state-wide. It was established in 1986 by philanthropists Howard & Nancy Terry to help students attain their higher education goals. Their primary goal is to aid students who show promise of future leadership distinction and to provide ample funding to those who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Currently, the Terry Foundation supports over 1400 students at 13 institutions.

The Terry Foundation supports students attending the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Texas State University-San Marcos, the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman’s University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, The University of Texas at Arlington, and The University of Texas at El Paso.

In order to maintain a Terry Foundation Scholarship there are three annual required events each scholar must attend including:

The Terry Foundation Orientation - Scholars get to know one another and learn about the requirements to maintain their scholarship. It also provides the opportunity to meet the Terry Foundation staff.

Annual banquet - Scholars engage with UTD faculty and staff, as well as the Terry Foundation staff, including members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Annual spring picnic - divided into the northern and southern regions of Texas, UT Dallas participates in the north picnic which brings together scholars from UT Dallas, University of North Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas Woman's University. The picnic enables upcoming graduates to thank the Terry Foundation for their support and to receive the much anticipated gold pen which has been given to every graduate since 1991. Additionally, each student organization President reports on what the student organization has been doing throughout the year.