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UTSA Honors College announces Terry Scholars

By Shelley Kilpatrick
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(July 20, 2007)--The UTSA Honors College announced the second class of UTSA Terry Scholars has been chosen for Fall 2007. Terry Foundation scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman and offer each student up to $20,000 with the possibility of annual renewal up to four years. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, on-campus room and board, and miscellaneous expenses.

In March, the Terry Foundation worked with the UTSA Honors College to narrow the field of applicants from 200 to 32. "We looked at academic performance, leadership and service, financial need and work history," said Ann Eisenberg, associate dean of the Honors College. "It's important to the foundation that candidates demonstrate success in balancing a variety of activities and have a strong work ethic. They are also interested in selecting students for whom UTSA is a first-choice institution, so we look for commitment to the institution."

"Looking toward the future, we hope the scholarship program will continue to grow as the number of applications increase and as UTSA Terry Scholars go on to great successes," Eisenberg said.

In the end, 14 students were awarded and accepted the scholarship to attend UTSA. In the new class, there are two high school valedictorians, six in the top 5 percent of their classes, and the group's average SAT score is 1,244.

The 14 freshmen and their areas of study are:

  • Steven Castro, Taft High School, San Antonio -- Biology
  • Freddy Cortes, L.W. Fox Technical High School, San Antonio -- Mathematics
  • Chelsea Doria, James Madison, San Antonio -- Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Fallyn Garcia, Bruni High School, Bruni -- Psychology
  • Justin Holden, William Howard Taft High School, San Antonio -- Engineering
  • Perry Mullins, Plano East Senior High School, Plano -- Biology
  • Marissa Ramos, Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi -- Biology
  • Kaitlyn Schorr, Texas Academy of Math and Science, Denton -- Biology
  • Enrique Segura, Pearsall High School, Pearsall -- Accounting
  • Amanda Snell, Pharr San Juan Alamo High School, San Juan -- General Business
  • Eli Solis, Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio -- Civil Engineering
  • Nadijah Tamimi, Kerr High School, Houston -- Biology
  • Jasmine Tetley, Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio -- Biology
  • Katherine Williams, Flatonia High School, Flatonia -- Biology

Howard L. Terry, a successful businessman in banking, construction, real estate and energy and his wife, Nancy M. Terry, created the Houston-based Terry Foundation in 1986. The program's goal is to make a lasting contribution to higher education in Texas. Rather than endow faculty chairs or fund buildings, the Terrys focus their philanthropy on supporting students who attend public colleges and universities.

UTSA is one of four public universities that host the Terry Foundation Scholarship Program, the largest private scholarship program in Texas. Other participating schools include University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Houston and Texas State University - San Marcos.

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