Webb, the 18-year-old son of Sheila and Rick Webb of Beeville, will attend Texas State University in San Marcos this fall, thanks in part to a $12,500 scholarship from the Terry Foundation — formed by the late Howard Terry of Houston to assist Texas students to attend the state’s finest public universities.
The Houston-based foundation now is the state’s largest private source of scholarships — some 700 — for the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Texas State University-San Marcos, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University and Texas Women’s University.
It has granted scholarships to 2,800 students since it was founded in 1986.
Among the criteria for obtaining the scholarship not only is a student’s grade point average, but his involvement in community action.
No problem there. In 2011, and again this year, the A.C. Jones High School graduate spent a week on missionary work in the Dominican Republic with the First Baptist Church.
Although Webb’s scholarship covers four years, his financial status is evaluated each semester. He will be required to write the Terry Foundation each year listing his accomplishments.
Last April, a foundation panel interviewed him in San Antonio to discern his leadership qualities. Five days later, it notified him by letter that he was a recipient.
Because his father was a police office and now is a deputy constable, Webb plans to major in criminal justice and law enforcement.
“I enjoy service,” he say.
Ultimately, he says, he hopes to pilot helicopters associated with law enforcement.
Such a goal is a few years ahead, but with the help of the Terry Scholarship, Webb already is flying high.
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.