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Terry Scholarships

The Terry Foundation supports students with exceptional leadership skills, scholastic ability and the drive to succeed. Terry Scholars are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of incoming freshmen to receive full-ride scholarships renewable for up to four years from the Terry Foundation.

Benefits for a Terry Scholar

Along with financial support, Terry Scholars access a support network so they can complete their degrees and make a significant impact as future leaders of the nation. In addition to the support available to all Texas State students, Terry Scholars have special sections of freshman seminar to help make the most of their first year.
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Freshman Students


  • strong academic abilities, as evidenced by grades, class rank and SAT/ACT scores
  • a record of leadership in school and in the community
  • demonstrated financial need, as evidenced by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • must meet U.S. and Texas residency and citizenship requirements sufficient to qualify for in-state tuition and for federal financial aid assistance
  • graduated from an accredited Texas high school or homeschool
  • granted admission to Texas State University for the summer or fall immediately following the application deadline. They must be admitted as a full-time entering freshman, for the purpose of completing a first baccalaureate degree.
  • must live on campus within the Laurel Honors House during the first year of the scholarship as part of the Terry Scholars Learning Community

Transfer Students

Incoming transfer students may also qualify for up to three years of substantial funding. Complete your admission and transfer scholarship application by March 1 to be eligible for consideration.


  • transferring to Texas State with at least 30 hours of transferable, post-high school credit in residence at a Texas college or university
  • minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • will be at least 20 years of age on May 1 of the year in which you are applying
  • have a record of leadership in school and community