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The Terry Foundation Scholarship covers the full cost of attendance at UTEP including tuition

The Terry Foundation Scholarship covers the full cost of attendance at UTEP including tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and a study abroad opportunity for incoming freshmen in fall 2024. We are looking for the next cohort of Terry Scholars at UTEP and YOU could be the one selected for this life-changing experience.



To be considered for the Terry Foundation Scholarship at UTEP as a CURRENT high school senior, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be a Texas resident AND graduate from a Texas high school or home-school program in Texas
  • hold a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • demonstrate financial need AND complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • be admitted to UTEP as a full-time student in the fall semester of the year awarded
  • reside on campus for the first year at UTEP in the Terry Scholar wing of Miner Canyon

Selection Criteria

The University of Texas at El Paso will recommend candidates to the Terry Foundation. The Foundation will review the recommendations and extend interview invitations to select candidates. Those candidates will interview with the Terry Foundation on the UTEP campus sometime in mid-March.

The selection criteria used by the Terry Foundation include financial need, academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership potential. Although financial need is an important factor in the selection process, a student need not qualify for federal assistance in order to meet the Terry Scholar selection criteria.

Please know that the University of Texas at El Paso serves as a nominating body only; the Terry Foundation makes all final decisionsregarding scholarship awards.

2024 Application Deadline
Tuesday, January 16 at 11:59 PM, 2024

Application Summary and Deadlines

  • You must be ADMITTED to UTEP to be eligible to apply for the Terry Scholarship.
  • You must have all requirements uploaded to your application in order to hit the submit button.
    • Letter of Recommendation:
      • Letter should speak to your academic and leadership abilities
      • 1 letter must be uploaded to your application by the person writing your letter.
      • Students SHOULD NOT upload their letter of recommendation
      • The letters MUST be uploaded by the recommenders by the application due date. Late letters will disqualify applicants.
      • It is the student’s responsibility to check with their recommender to make sure that their letters are uploaded to the system by the deadline.
  • File a  FAFSA online
  • To be considered, submit your completed Terry Scholarship application by 11:59 pm, Jan. 16, 2024.

The Terry Foundation does not accept applications directly from students. Further information about the Terry Foundation may be found on  their website.

Prepping for your Terry Foundation Application

  • Make your application to UTEP a priority! In order to access the UTEP Terry Scholarship Application, students MUST have their UTEP credentials.  Students will use these as their login information for the application site.
  • Ask your recommender for a letter EARLY! The letters MUST be uploaded by the recommenders by the deadline.  We suggest asking your recommender to upload the letter NO LATER THAN 1-15-24 this will help ensure you can hit the submit button prior to the 1-16-24 deadline.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with your recommenders, to make sure that their letters have been uploaded correctly.
  • Start your application EARLY! This application isn’t difficult, but it is lengthy.  Make sure to plan accordingly to give yourself plenty of time to complete the application.  The application system will save your progress as you go.
  • Work on the short answers and essay questions NOW! This is how the committee gets to know more about you. Use these spaces wisely. Be sure to edit your essays carefully and stay within the word limits.
    • Short Answer Questions (250 WORD max)
      • To gain a better understanding of any financial need, please describe any special circumstances that impact your family’s ability to fund your college experience. (This helps the committee determine your financial need for a scholarship).
      • Why have you chosen to apply to UTEP?
      • What have you chosen your academic major?
    • Essay Questions (500 WORD max)
      • Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?
      • Describe a specific situation in which you demonstrated leadership in your school or community. Describe your actions and explain what was accomplished.