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Texas Tech Announces 2017 Incoming Freshmen Terry Scholars

Heather Medley

April 27, 2017


The university is home of the fastest-growing Terry Scholar program in Texas.

Terry Foundation

Officials at Texas Tech University's Financial Aid and Scholarship Office announced the names of 15 students receiving Terry Scholarships, increasing the total number of scholars in the program to 257 with projected contributions to students at Texas Tech reaching nearly $13 million since 2011.

In total, the 2017 freshman Terry Scholar class will be awarded a projected $1,626,000. The actual amount of the award will vary for each scholar depending on other aid and scholarships. More than 500 applications were received by the university for the 15 scholarships offered.

The Terry Foundation provides four-year scholarships for Texas residents attending Texas Tech and several other universities in the state. Terry Scholars are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of incoming freshmen who demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, financial need and scholastic ability.

"Texas Tech provides an excellent environment to foster the growth of Terry Scholars as individuals and as leaders during their time on campus and beyond," said Yvonne Moody, Terry Foundation president and executive director. "We are proud to watch the Texas Tech Terry Scholars consistently exemplify our pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and community. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the university to develop the future leaders of Texas."

Recipients of the scholarships are:

  • Amela Dizdarevic, from Plainview
  • Audrey Taylor, from Fort Worth (Paschal High School)
  • Brianna Mendoza, from Dumas
  • Chase Gibson, from Haskell
  • Colin McLaren, from Cibolo
  • Connell Barnett, from Lometa
  • Hannah Cowan, from Cross Plains
  • Jacie Henefey, from D'Hanis
  • Karrie Oliver, from Shallowater
  • Kaevyn Maple, from Lancaster (Seminole High School)
  • Montana Chandler, from Crosbyton (Ralls High School)
  • Payton Thomas, from Haskell
  • Sophie Pavlas, from Mount Calm (West High School)
  • Steeley Smith, from Mason
  • Trevor Sullivent, from Buda (Hays High School)

The Terry Foundation was established in 1986 by Houstonians Howard and Nancy Terry out of a desire to help young people help themselves. The foundation's goal is to strengthen the state of Texas by identifying, developing and supporting Texas high school graduates with high leadership potential.

For more information on Texas Tech's Terry Scholarship Program, visit the website.

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