Texas Tech Honors College Announces 51 Terry Scholars

Texas Tech is the fastest-growing Terry Scholar university with $3.8 million in total funds.

The Terry Foundation

The Houston-based scholarship program was founded to provide assistance to outstanding Texas High school graduates for attendance at public colleges and universities within the state.

Officials at Texas Tech University’s Honors College announced the names of 51 students receiving Terry Scholarships, again making the university the fastest-growing school in the foundation’s 25-year history. No other university has grown as quickly in number of scholars.

The 2014 class of scholars will be awarded a projected $1.7 million. The university received more than 600 applicants for the scholarship. Last year’s class was awarded a projected $1.4 million with more than 500 applicants for the scholarship.

With the addition of the new class, a total of 141 Terry Scholars will now attend Texas Tech with approximately $3.8 million in total funds. The Terry Scholar Program began in 2011 at Texas Tech.

“Texas Tech’s incredible growth in the number of Terry Scholars in the past two years shows not only the type of high-caliber students the university attracts but also reflects well on the type of education these students are seeking from Texas Tech,” said Michael San Francisco, dean of the Honors College. “It is my hope that this year’s success will encourage even more students to apply to the Terry program in the upcoming years.”

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

The actual amount of the award will vary for each scholar depending on other scholarships and the ability of the scholar’s family to contribute to the cost of college.

“Texas Tech is one of the fastest growing schools in the history of our program,” said Ed Cotham, president of the foundation. “Every time we visit the campus we are amazed at the world-class facilities and the energetic faculty and staff. We continue to be impressed with the students and look forward to a long and successful partnership with the university to develop the future leaders of Texas.”

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.

“We congratulate the outstanding students who were awarded with distinguished Terry Foundation scholarships,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “One of the fastest-growing universities in the foundation’s history, Texas Tech represents the rich academic tradition of the foundation and offers these students the opportunity to receive their education here.”

For more information on Texas Tech’s Terry Scholarship Program, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/honors/Terry.php.

Terry Scholar Award Recipients


Neiba Jimenez


John West


Karli Kuhler

Ochakachon Johnson


Devonte Oree


Emily Bryan


Veronica Araiza

Corpus Christi

Robert Villareal


Daniel Martinez


Marco Padilla

Lizzy Hill


Miguel Vega


Jereamy Riggs

El Paso

Gerardo Perez


Tate Leatherwood


Monica McGee


Payton Casssidy

Garden City

Lexie Shaefer


Kristina Hahn

Grand Prairie

Kaeli Faires


Shasta VanMeter


Lindsey Milner


Ryan Robison


Karen Yang


Elizabeth Mata

Samantha Gonzalez


Michael Ruiz

London Allen

Dwayne Klassen

Zach Michaels

Henry Gaus III


Kirsten Shaw


Melissa Peña

North Richland Hills

Nicole Polito


Ryan Conner


Ricky Huitema

San Angelo

Rosa Bailey


Alissa Payne


Derek Baker


Sarah Abbott


Casey A. Williford


Bamma Strohmeyer


Whitney Thoms


Steven Le

Hayley Brownlow

The Colony

Aly Cario

Giuli Dimarco

The Woodlands

David Olivera


Hannah Johnson


Micah Nehring


Elizabeth Parrish

Wills Point

Rachel Myers

Honors College

The Honors College at Texas Tech is dedicated to providing students with a broad education that prepares them for a lifetime of learning.

Honors Sciences and the Humanities (HSH), formerly known as Honors Arts and Letters (HAL), is a major and minor degree program offered by the Honors College. HSH integrates the seemingly disparate sciences and humanities, instilling critical thinking skills and communication literacy through reading and writing-intensive courses while simultaneously preparing students for STEM-based careers and rigorous post-graduate programs like law and medical school. Within the HSH major, students may choose to pursue degree concentrations in Medicine, Global Health & the Humanities; Humanities Driven STEM; Environmental Science & the Humanities, or Politics, Philosophy, Economics & Law.


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