(Nov. 8, 2010)--The Terry Foundation, a Houston-based scholarship organization, recently was named the 2010 Independent Scholarship Provider of the Year by the National Scholarship Providers Association.
The Terry Foundation awards renewable four-year scholarships to Texas students at seven of the state's public universities and is the state's largest private source of scholarships at these universities. Terry Scholars are selected from graduating high school seniors who have been nominated by their intended universities. The awards are based on academic excellence, leadership and financial need with many of the recipients being the first in their families to attend college.
"The Terry scholarships make a big difference in our students' lives," said Ann Eisenberg, associate dean of the UTSA Honors College and associate professor of psychology. "There now are 54 Terry Scholars at UTSA, and the foundation has funded 71 UTSA scholars over the last five years since we began awarding them. Terry Scholars are able to follow their passions into the fields of teaching, nursing and the ministry. And, the full scholarships have allowed many to study abroad, something most of them might not have managed otherwise."
Now sponsoring 678 Terry Scholars currently enrolled at the seven universities, the scholarship program has awarded scholarships to more than 2,400 students since its inception. The foundation was started 1986 by Houstonians Howard Terry and Nancy Terry. Since the first class of Terry Scholars in 1987, the program has donated more than $80 million in scholarships.
The Scholarship Provider of the Year award recognizes scholarship providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency and impact in their support of higher education. The accompanying cash contribution to the organization's scholarship fund is sponsored by Fastweb, a nationally recognized leader in providing information and services to college-bound students seeking assistance with scholarships and financial aid.
In accepting the award, foundation President Ed Cotham said, "The Terry Foundation is honored to be selected as the 2010 Scholarship Provider of the Year. We are particularly pleased on behalf of our founder, Howard L. Terry, whose vision from 1986 has grown into a program larger than he ever imagined."
The National Association of Scholarship Providers is the national professional organization for scholarship sponsors with more than 250 scholarship programs as members. NSPA's mission is to advance the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award by sharing best practices and providing professional development opportunities for students.
For more information, contact Robert L. Parker, vice president for administration, Terry Foundation, at 713-552-0002.
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, invites San Antonio to engage in dialogue to gather a broad understanding of Puro. he symposium, which includes UTSA masters students, will be led by community members who embody the term. It's free and open to the public.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. 108, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
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