Terry Foundation Scholarship for Transfer/Non-Traditional Students

About the Terry Foundation

UPDATE: As of March 17, 2020, the Terry Foundation’s Board of Directors has determined that we will not offer any new Transfer Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. While we deeply regret having to take this action, it is a necessary step to ensure that the Foundation may continue awarding scholarships into perpetuity.

The Terry Foundation was established in 1986 by Houstonians Howard Terry (1916-2012) and Nancy Terry (1927-2012) out of a desire to help young people to help themselves. The Foundation’s goal is to strengthen the state of Texas by identifying Texas high school graduates and transfer students who have promise of future leadership distinction and assisting them in developing their future and the futures of those around them.

The Terry Foundation has expanded its program to include transfer and non-traditional students. The goal of the transfer student scholarship program is to provide an educational opportunity to the growing population of talented transfer and non-traditional students in the state of Texas.

The Terry Transfer Scholarship is valued at 65% of the university’s cost of attendance and may be renewed for up to three years of undergraduate study (subject to satisfactory compliance with the Terry Foundation’s requirements).

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for a Terry Transfer Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate a strong academic ability (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from current institution)
  • Demonstrate a record of leadership and service
  • Have been admitted to UT Austin for the upcoming semester for the purpose of seeking a first baccalaureate degree
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident eligible to receive state and federal aid
  • Have had current, continuous residency in the state of Texas for at least 3 years at the time of the application*
  • Have completed at least 30 hours of transferable credit (post-high school) in residence at a Texas college or university at the time of application**
    NOTE: A student transferring under UT Austin’s Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) will not be considered for selection.
  • Be at least 20 years of age on May 1 of the year in which the application is submitted
  • An applicant who has previously interviewed for a Terry Scholarship and was not selected, whether as a traditional or transfer application, is thereafter not eligible for a Terry Scholarship. An applicant who is already attending a Terry-affiliated university will not be considered for a Terry Foundation Transfer Scholarship.

* “Current” means a resident of the state of Texas at the time the application is submitted. Any time outside Texas while on active duty in uniformed service of the U.S does not count against continuous residence.

**The 30 hours requirement must be satisfied at the time of submitting the application. This is intended to exclude courses/credits that may not be complete at the time of the application or that may not transfer. The 30 hours must be earned in residence. Online courses from an accredited institution that result in transferable hours may count towards the 30 hours requirement, so long as they are earned while enrolled in residence at a Texas college or university. High school dual credit may not be counted toward the 30 hours.

The requirement of a “Texas college or university” allows transfer from a four-year university as well as a community college or junior college located within the state of Texas. Transferable credits earned at a duty station while on active duty as a member of a uniformed service of the United States will count towards the 30 hour requirement.

Application Requirements 

Students who meet Terry Foundation eligibility requirements will be invited to apply for the Terry Transfer Scholarship in the spring.

Nomination Process

Following the review of all completed applications, UT Austin will nominate applicants to the Terry Foundation, who will then conduct panel interviews. Please know that UT Austin serves as a nominating body only; all final decisions regarding scholarship awards are made by the Terry Foundation. For further information about the foundation, see The Terry Foundation.