BC graduate selected for Terry Transfer Scholarship
Brazosport College graduate Riley Guilbeaux’s journey toward a bachelor’s degree recently became a little easier on the pocketbook.
Guilbeaux, an accounting major who earned her Associate of Arts from Brazosport College this past spring, was recently named a recipient of a Terry Transfer Scholarship for the University of Houston.
In order to receive the scholarship, Guilbeaux not only had to show academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and proved financial need, but also had to go through a tough interview process before being selected for the award.
“I was a little surprised that I was chosen for an interview and it was a pretty nerve-wracking experience,” Guilbeaux said with a laugh. “My interview was with six people, all Terry scholars.”
At the University of Houston, the Terry Transfer Scholarship covers 65 percent of the school’s cost of attendance with a minimum award of $13,000 per year. It is renewable for three years of undergraduate study.
The Terry Transfer Scholarship is awarded to non-traditional students who are transferring from a Texas community college or university and are working toward their first baccalaureate degree. The students must have been accepted for admission to one of the 11 Terry-affiliated public universities in Texas.
In order to receive a Terry scholarship, one must prove to be an outstanding student. Guilbeaux did exactly that during her time at Brazosport College.
A 2014 Brazoswood High School graduate, Guilbeaux began her Brazosport College experience as a dual-credit student. After high school, she enrolled at BC full time and became involved in a variety of organizations.
By the time she graduated, Guilbeaux had earned Distinguished Student and Dean’s List status. She was a supplemental instructor for biology, as well as a tutor for accounting and economics.
Guilbeaux was also involved in the BC’s Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association. In fact, Guilbeaux was named student of the year at the Texas Junior College Student Government Association’s region conference. She then earned third-place honors for Student of the Year at the state conference.
“I had a good experience at Brazosport College, and I enjoyed it even more once I became involved with student organizations,” Guilbeaux said. “The BC staff and faculty really care and they want you to be involved. They want you to have a good experience.”
Guilbeaux will begin her studies at the University of Houston this month.
For more information about Brazosport College, call (979) 230-3000 or visit www.brazosport.edu. To learn more about Terry Foundation scholarships, go to www.terryfoundation.org.