Howard and Nancy Terry established the Terry Foundation in 1986 as a way to help future generations of Texans help themselves. Mr. Terry, a longtime Houston resident, was so grateful for the financial assistance he received to attend college, that he dedicated his time and resources to giving future generations of Texans this same opportunity.
The Terry Foundation Board oversees a perpetual endowment that provides college scholarships for students who have demonstrated the capacity to become outstanding future leaders and who need financial assistance to achieve their goals in higher education. The program was honored in 2010 by the National Association of Scholarship Providers in being named National Scholarship Provider of the Year. Chartered to exist into perpetuity, the Foundation is designed to continue in the future to add scholarships each year.
Howard & Nancy Terry were active in the management of the Foundation up until the very end of both of their lives in 2012. The Foundation has become larger than they ever imagined, fulfilling in the process their dreams of making a difference in the lives of students across the state. Despite his extraordinary success in ventures that made the Terry Foundation possible, Howard Terry observed that "the Terry Foundation is the most important thing I've done in my life, because it's enabled me to help more people than I would have ever been able to help otherwise."