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Terry Foundation establishes scholarship program at UT Arlington

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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The University of Texas at Arlington has been selected to be a part of the Terry Foundation Scholarship program, the largest private source of scholarships in the state. The program will help cover the full cost of attending college for 16 UT Arlington students.

Unlike with most other educational aid programs, Terry Scholarships are not awarded solely on financial need, test scores or grade point average. Instead, students must also exhibit leadership abilities. 

“This is truly an exceptional opportunity for our students,” said Kim van Noort, associate vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, director of University College and coordinator for the UT Arlington Terry Scholarship program.

“Terry Scholars benefit not only from the scholarship, but from the unique programming and extensive network provided by the Foundation and grounded in the incredible vision and generosity of philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry,” van Noort said.

The first class of Terry Scholars at UT Arlington will come from a pool of 32 nominees to be interviewed by the Terry Foundation in April. Sixteen students will then be awarded the scholarships beginning fall 2015.

The funding will cover up to the cost of attendance after external scholarship awards/grants and family contributions have been considered and the student’s unmet financial need has been determined.  

“Terry Scholars at UT Arlington will benefit from the University’s outstanding record of leadership in research and for excellence in nationally recognized programs in nursing and social work, among others,” said Yvonne R. Moody, executive director of the Terry Foundation.  

“We are honored to be associated with an institution of such prominence and look forward to the first UTA scholarship awards.”

Other institutions that receive scholarship awards from the Terry Foundation include: UT Austin, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Texas State University, UT San Antonio, UT Dallas, the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Sam Houston State University.

For information about how to apply for the Terry Foundation Scholar Program at UT Arlington, visit or email Kimberly van Noort at

About the Terry Foundation 

The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based scholarship program founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer scholars for attendance at public colleges and universities within the state. Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted thousands of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders’ goal of helping Texas college students to help themselves.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 40,000 students in Texas and around the world and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit to learn more. Follow #UTAdna on Twitter. 


The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.