In the fall of 2014, Sam Houston State University welcomed its first class of Terry Scholars, a group of freshmen students who have demonstrated promise as future leaders of the state of Texas and the nation. Selection as a Terry Scholar includes a generous scholarship award that covers six to eight full semesters of tuition, books, and expected on-campus living expenses at SHSU. Terry Scholars also benefit from specialized mentoring, as well as outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development through service activities.
Terry Scholar candidates are recommended to the Foundation by SHSU and must attend a personal interview with the Terry Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee. The Terry Foundation selects the scholarship recipients from among the candidates who are recommended for interview.
In keeping with the Foundation's desire for Terry Scholars who are "well rounded" and "hard working", applicants will be evaluated with respect to three evenly-weighted criteria:
- Record of academic performance, as evidenced by grades, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores
- Demonstrated leadership skills, especially within one's school and local community
- Financial need
To be considered for the Terry Foundation Incoming Freshman Scholarship, applicants should also
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March
- Graduate from a Texas high school within one year of enrolling at SHSU
- Be admitted as a full time student at SHSU beginning in the fall semester
- Reside on-campus with the Terry Learning Community (TLC) for the freshman year.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States