Helping people one scholarship at a time.

Providing scholarship assistance to qualifying high school seniors and military personnel who wish to pursue higher/technical education.

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Our Goals

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    To support higher education for a high school senior affected by neurologic diseases/brain injury through tuition to an institute for advanced learning.

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    To suppport advanced education to military personnel who have sustained a brain injury.

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    To promote activities that increase awareness of the Foundation.

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    To raise funds that will provide scholarships to qualifying students.

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    To seek other organizations that support the mission of the Foundation.

Our Story

Scholarships dedicated to students with neurologic injuries and diseases are rare and difficult to find. At the Terrill Foundation, we provide assistance to high school seniors throughout the 50 states, who are affected by brain injuries, brain tumors and other neurologic diseases. For the past 5 years, high school seniors whose lives were changed by disease and injury have received assistance to further their educational goals at universities and technical schools.

Each year, 1.7 million Americans sustain a brain injury; 180,000 people are diagnosed and treated for brain tumors; 1/3 of the combined numbers are teenagers. Medical advances make it possible for these young men and women to not only survive, but to lead valuable and fulfilling lives.

For the first time in 2013, we will be awarding a scholarship to support advanced education to military personnel who have sustained a brain injury. To qualify for this support, you do not have to be a full time student; you may use the funding to take just one class. Traumatic brain injury is the signature wound of the recent wars. The Terrill Foundation honors the service of these men and women by funding this scholarship.

The Foundation honors Terrill Mast, PhD, who died of a brain tumor after living seven years with the affects of a brain injury. Terry devoted his entire career to educating in a way that encouraged others to reach their goals regardless of their struggles. He inspired all who knew him with his deep intellect, his integrity and his love of learning.

Scholarships will be awarded annually in May with funds going directly to the educational institution before the fall semester.

Past Winners

Dale HoganThe 2013 Terrill Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Dale Hogan of West Grove, PA. In 2011, Dale sustained a brain injury during baseball practice. After months in the hospital and extensive rehabilitation, Dale regained full mobility, speech and cognition. A year after the accident, he was again on the baseball field. Dale believes that nothing is impossible. He will attend Duquesne University to become a physical therapist. "My amazing PT, who I look up to, always challenged me to reach new heights every day and helped me to remain positive. I am looking forward to having that kind of impact on someone else someday."

Brent ChaseThe 2012 Terrill Foundation scholarship was awarded to Brent Chase from Columbia, Md. As a nationally ranked high school soccer player, Brent suffered from a brain injury during a game when he was hit by another player. He returned to school after his recovery to be accidentally hit in the head with a book. The incident sent Brent into shock trauma and he sustained further brain injury. Today, Brent has learned how to live with his challenges, and is looking forward to studying engineering and creating devices to help those with communication and physical limitations.

2011 • Morgan McNary
2010 • Elise Mellor
2009 • Sullivan Bard

How to Apply

The intent of the scholarship is to provide not only funding but encouragement to the recipient. While grades need not be a determining factor, there must be a capacity for success in the student’s chosen field. The recipient should show the same type of perseverance that Terry showed in continuing the work he loved in spite of his prognosis and progressive disabilities.

All application materials must be submitted and post marked no later than March 15. Failure to submit all materials will be reason for disqualification.


The Terrill Foundation, Inc is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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The Terrill Foundation, Inc
2038 Ford Parkway, #225
St. Paul, MN 55116

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