Our scholars have a proven track record honoring the values of justice, perseverance, and accountability, qualities personified by Brian Terry during his lifetime. But the most important attribute is that they are willing “to put in the work” to succeed.

Brian Terry Scholars are chosen based on these values:

  • Positive impact on community

    Dedicated to service beyond self.

  • Commitment to social justice

    Persistence and determination to continuously seek to unite others and advance ideas that change the world.

  • Prior academic success

    A lifelong learner, passionate about intellectual growth.

The Brian Terry Scholarship is unique for the fact that it is intended for students wanting to study criminal justice or a related field of study and eventually seeking a career in law enforcement.


  • Have annual funding for academic expenses, including tuition, books and living expenses.

  • Have access to a national community of high performing peers, mentors and law enforcement

  • Leadership Development: Opportunities to advance knowledge, skills and experience.



Application Cycle closes May 31st.

Scholarship applications will be accepted and evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application process will close once the Brian Terry Foundation receives 100 applications for the upcoming academic year. Applicants who are not accepted for the upcoming academic year will, at their request, be put on a waitlist for the next academic year and will be required to submit an update to their application when the application process reopens.


The Brian Terry Scholar program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen or Legal Resident of the United States.
  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or currently attending or planning to attend college and seeking an undergraduate degree.

*Sponsorship funds will be awarded to the student upon evidence of registration in an accredited university or community college.


The Brian Terry Scholar Program is a merit-based academic fellowship. Applicants will be required to submit the following materials:

  • Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly in black or blue ink) Postmarked no later than May 31st.
  • Two (2) completed recommendation letters from applicant’s choice of high school teachers, college professors, administrators, counselors, employers, non-family members. recommendation letters must be mailed, by the reference, in a sealed envelope directly to the Brian Terry Foundation.
  • An official and recent high school or college transcript including cumulative grade point
  • Personal Essay: (1,500 Character Limit) based on prompts provided in the application
  • Two (2) self-addressed stamped envelopes. One will be used to acknowledge receipt of your application and the other will notify you of your scholarship application results.


  • DEADLINE for applications is May 31st.
  • Provide all supporting documents (i.e., reference forms, evidence of GPA, etc.). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Type or print legibly. Illegible applications will be returned to you.
  • You will be notified by mail in August of the upcoming academic year regarding the status of your application.


The Brian Terry Foundation has named more than 60 Scholars since 2014 in institutions across the country. They are the next generation of leaders who are committed to the values of justice, perseverance, and accountability and the most important they are willing to put in the work to succeed.

Meet the Brian Terry Scholars