(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.
UTSA Associate Dean/Associate Professor Francine Romero will sit down with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg for a wide-ranging conversation about the Mayor's vision for the City's future. Seating is at capacity but the San Antonio Express-News will stream it live.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The sympoisum will focus on the interface between aging and neurodegenerative diseases, will educate the wider research community about advancements in this fast-paced field and stimulate collaborative research in this area. Register online for this free event.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106), Main Campus
The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics is offering four special panels open and free to the San Antonio public July 31-Aug. 3 to mark the tricentennial next year. The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Research.
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., San Antonio
Orientation marks a major step toward becoming a Roadrunner. It is a unique experience designed to welcome freshmen and transfers to UTSA and ensure a successful transition into college. They will learn about UTSA, prepare for their first semester and have fun meeting other students. There is also a special Family Orientation program too.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
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