(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 annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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