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UTA adds transfer students to list of scholarship recipients

Friday, August 25, 2017

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The University of Texas at Arlington this fall welcomes its first class of Transfer Terry Foundation scholarship recipients and its third class of Traditional Terry Foundation scholarship recipients.

The Terry Foundation provides traditional freshman Scholars with funding up to eight semesters and transfer Scholars with funding up to six semesters. These prestigious awards are given to students who have displayed great academic and leadership potential, among other attributes.

Terry Scholars

Terry Scholars are pictured at a picnic earlier this year.

Members of the 2017-18 Terry Scholars class joined the current Terry Scholars for a meet and greet Monday, Aug. 21, at the E. H. Hereford University Center.

Of the 244 new Terry Foundation scholarship awardees this year, 15 are entering UTA. In addition, of the 120 new Transfer Terry Scholarship awardees this year, 12 are entering UTA.

“UTA is a growing urban research university with highly ranked programs in many disciplines,” said Yvonne Moody, president of the Terry Foundation. “We are excited about partnering with such a widely respected institution and believe that UTA provides an excellent environment to foster the growth of Terry Scholars as individuals and as leaders during their time on campus and beyond.”

William Gunn, director of programs at UTA’s University College, said that considering the University’s focus on dedicated student support, joining the Terry program was a foregone conclusion.

The Terry Foundation was established by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, and it is the largest private source of scholarships in Texas.

For Traditional Terry Scholars at UTA, the cost of a four-year undergraduate degree, including housing, books and supplies, and cost of living, will roughly total $98,800. The Terry Scholars won’t have to worry about a single cent. Another area of financial support comes in a stipend for study-abroad expenses.

“This scholarship opens opportunities for students who wouldn’t be able to afford or even pursue their dreams of going to college,” Gunn said. “These students receive great opportunities for success that extend well beyond walking across the stage. Terry Scholars network and through that networking create even additional professional opportunities that spread past the classroom and that first job.”

The 2017-18 traditional scholarship recipients, their hometowns and intended majors are:

  • Hana Ali, Arlington, biochemistry,
  • Destiny Burnett, Keller, anthropology,
  • Jacqueline Garcia-Torres, McKinney, business,
  • Samuel Greiwe, Pearland, aerospace engineering,
  • Carter Harris, Bells, aerospace engineering,
  • Rhys Jensen, Pampa, biomedical engineering,
  • Joseph Johnson, Lakeside, mechanical engineering,
  • Alexia Koltes, McKinney, architecture,
  • Heather Lake, Tomball, biochemistry,
  • Dustin Le, Cedar Hill, computer science and engineering,
  • Paola Puentes, Irving, anthropology,
  • Isaac Ramadan, Arlington, accounting,
  • Juanita Segoviano, Duncanville, nursing,
  • Leah Volkman, El Paso, nursing,
  • Alexavia Wright, Marlin, nursing.

The 2017-18 transfer scholarship recipients, their hometowns and intended majors are:

  • Adriana Amaya, Dallas, political science,
  • Mariah Bradshaw, Denton, social work,
  • Paul Djangang, Irving, math – Uteach,
  • Precious Dunamis, Arlington, business,
  • Shawn Hurrigan, Arlington, nursing,
  • Calvin Johnson, Fort Worth, English,
  • Rebeca Lallave, Euless, Spanish,
  • Kanyon Loyd, Fort Worth, computer science and engineering,
  • Miguel Mendoza, Dallas, computer science and engineering,
  • Nathalie Mora, Grand Prairie, English,
  • Judith Rascon, Red Oak, nursing,
  • Layne Stanush, Midlothian, chemistry.

The new Terry Scholars were selected at statewide interviews held earlier this year. In addition to completing an application, each student writes an essay detailing his or her academic and personal journey to date, and submits transcripts from high school or all post-secondary institutions. Following the conclusion of each cycle of interviews, the Foundation sends offer letters to selected nominees, and status letters to candidates who will not receive a scholarship offer.

“My first year as a Terry Scholar has been terrific. Everyone here at UTA is great and wants to help you succeed,” said Bailey Jones, an English major, and member of the 2016 Terry class. “That caring attitude has helped with my success here at UTA.”

Members of UTA's inaugural class of Terry Foundation Scholars participated in a volleyball match at Southfork Ranch. The spring 2017 picnic for UTA scholars was hosted by the Terry Foundation.

“Part of the success of the Terrys is that they share the same residence hall, which encourages group bonding through monthly events,” Gunn said. “That bonding helps inside and outside the classroom. It shows in the grades the Terrys achieve and the confidence they exude when you meet them.”  

Visit www.uta.edu/terryscholars or email terryscholars@uta.edu for more information about how to apply for the Terry Foundation Scholar Program at UTA.