NCTC Honor Student receives full ride transfer scholarship

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Aug 31, 2017

Raegan-Larussa.jpgRaegan Larussa graduated from North Central Texas College in May 2017 with her Associate of Arts Degree and received a Terry Foundation Scholarship for Transfer Students. 

This scholarship will pay for nearly the entire cost of attendance for the University of North Texas, where Larussa started classes this week. “The money can be used for whatever school-related expenses I have,” said Larussa. “Receiving this scholarship is covering all of my tuition, books, and rent for my apartment.” 

While at NCTC Larussa was a very active student, involved in many student groups and volunteer programs. Over her last year at NCTC, she served as the President of NCTC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society chapter. The chapter won several awards that year, including the Distinguished Chapter Award. 

“Raegan’s leadership and work ethic were invaluable during her time as President of our PTK chapter,” said NCTC PTK Advisor Jill Swarner. “We are incredibly proud of her and this accomplishment.” 

At UNT, Larussa is a Political Science Major, minoring in French and plans to attend law school after graduating. 

“Being named a recipient of this scholarship has helped me to feel re-affirmed in my future plans,” said Larussa, “and has given me so much more freedom to pursue extracurricular activities, internships and volunteer activities since I don't have to work my way through school.” 

The late Howard and Nancy Terry founded the Terry Foundation in 1987 with the goal of helping young people to help themselves. Initially scholars were only at two universities in Texas, but the foundation has grown substantially and now funds scholars at 12 public universities in Texas. 

“The Terry Foundation is dedicated to its students and genuinely wants to make college a less stressful time for us all,” added Larussa.