2011 Terry Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Four Plan II Honors first-year students received Terry Foundation Scholarships: Tatum Jolink, Willa Jolink, Aliyah McRoberts, and Chelsea Vale O'Hara. Terry Scholars are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of incoming freshmen who demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, and scholastic ability. The Terry Foundation was established in 1986 by Houstonians Howard and Nancy Terry out of a desire to help young people to help themselves. The Foundation's goal is to strengthen the State of Texas by identifying Texas high school graduates who have promise of future leadership distinction and assisting them in developing their future and the future of those around them. Family income and financial need are also considered. The Terry Foundation provides four-year scholarships for Texas resident students. The Foundation provides sufficient assistance to cover tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses on campus, taking into account other scholarships that the student may receive and the student's and parents' financial resources. -From the Terry Foundation web site
Tatum JolinkTatum Jolink, an Austin native, is a Plan II Honors and Business major. She graduated in the top 2% of her graduating class at Anderson High School and was named a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar. She also received her International Baccalaureate Diploma. In high school, Tatum played lacrosse for four years, serving as captain her senior year. She also participated in clubs such as National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate and Dog Walking Club. Tatum served as treasurer for Spanish Club and State School Coordinator for National Honor Society. Outside of school, Tatum enjoyed taking piano lessons and dance classes in jazz, tap, and ballet. Her favorite volunteer experience was the opportunity she was given to paint a mural for the Austin Child Guidance Center in their Healing Garden. Tatum hopes to add Psychology to her majors, for her passion lies within the field and she plans to pursue a career as a psychiatrist. At the University of Texas at Austin, Tatum enjoys spending time with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and playing volleyball on an intramural team.
Willa JolinkWilla Jolink graduated second in her class of 500 students at L. C. Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. Willa was an IB Diploma candidate, a Speech and Debate Dramatic Interpretation beginner, a cheerleader in the musical "Grease", Spanish Club President, PAL and Lacrosse Captain. She was a member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club and active in piano and dance. Willa was an AP Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar. She also received the Academic All-District and All-District Player Awards. Pursuing majors in Plan II Honors and business, Willa hopes to also incorporate the pre-med requirements and to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. This semester, Willa pledged with Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, plays intramural indoor volleyball, and joined the Plan II Pre-Med Society.
Chelsea Vale O'HaraChelsea Vale O'Hara is also a native of Austin. She graduated from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School and was a National Hispanic Scholar and an AP Scholar. Throughout her four years of liberal arts and science at a public magnet school, Chelsea was a very active leader in her school's marching and concert bands. She played Tenor Saxophone every fall semester with her school's marching band, rising to the ranks of Tenor Saxophone Section Leader and Uniform Manager. In the Spring, Chelsea put away the sax and picked up the oboe for classical music during concert season. One of only three oboists in the school, Chelsea was first chair oboe junior and senior years. Chelsea also participated in Youth & Government and Mock Trial, rising to serve as co-President during her senior year, leading her school to the State championships. Additionally, Chelsea worked every summer during high school as a lifeguard, pet-sitter, babysitter, and frozen yogurt server. She had the opportunity to intern with Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte in her San Antonio Senate district office and to volunteer with the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin on LGBT outreach programs. Once at UT, she was promptly elected Vice-President of "UT VOTES," a student organization that works to increase electoral participation, and is staying active and having fun playing on intramural sports teams. Chelsea is a Plan II Honors major with interests in Communications, Latin American Studies and Business Administration. Her interests continue to include political discourse, international policy development, Latin America development and the U.S. Supreme Court.