First Terry Scholar graduate embarks on career in digital media

Savanah Peer

Photo by: Courtesy of the Terry Foundation

Savannah Peer, who is receiving her bachelor of arts in English in December 2015, is the first Terry Scholar to graduate from Texas Woman’s University.

12/10/15

Although the ink on Savannah Peer’s bachelor’s degree is barely dry, the first Terry Scholar to graduate from Texas Woman’s University already is making her mark in the digital world.

In fact Peer, who is receiving her bachelor of arts degree in English this December, is so busy starting her career as the digital marketing manager for Good Life Family magazine and moving into her first apartment in Plano, that she’s unable to participate in TWU winter commencement ceremonies.

“This is such an exciting time in my life with finishing college, starting a new career and moving, it’s better for me and my family for me to walk in the spring,” Peer said.

As part of her job, Peer helps manage the digital content of the magazine, oversees its social media and also edits, proofreads and writes for the publication.

“I never thought that I would get into the field that I am in now, but having this opportunity — I have loved every minute of it,” she says. “The people that I work with are so supportive, and they truly care about me and my life. It is a small company, and through my work I am able to develop my professional skills.”

Diana Gomez, TWU Terry Scholars program coordinator, is proud to have Peer be the university’s first Terry Scholar graduate.

“Savannah is an example of what the Terry Scholars program stands for – giving exceptional students the opportunity to succeed in college, in their careers and in their lives,” Gomez said.

Peer is TWU’s first transfer student to receive a Terry Scholarship. After receiving her associate's degree from Collin College in 2012, she struggled to pay for a four-year university.  She even worked for a year to save money to make that next step in her academic journey, but it just wasn't enough.

“The Terry Foundation picked up my worry and took care of it so that I could work on bettering myself and furthering my education,” said Peer, who transferred to TWU and received her scholarship in fall 2013. “Without the Terry Foundation, I would not be graduating and starting my career.”

Peer adds, “I know that so many students say that about their scholarships, but being a Terry Scholar means being part of something greater.”

Terry Scholarships covers up to the total cost of attendance for first-year students and 65 percent of the cost of attendance for transfer students. The scholarships are renewable annually. TWU was selected to receive scholarships from the Terry Foundation in 2013.

“It’s one of those scholarships that is really like family. They’re always there for you. I would definitely not be where I am today without the Terry Foundation,” Peer said.

Peer says that graduating from TWU symbolizes a major accomplishment in her life.

“I know that my parents are very proud of me, as I am a first-generation college graduate.” Peer said. “It took a lot for me to get here. There have been struggles, and there have been ups and downs, but I worked hard, and I strived to keep doing better.”

Peer had a lot of help along the way through her scholarship, family, friends and TWU professors.

“At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if you have it in you to keep pushing yourself to keep going, and that's what I did. I kept motivating myself, and that is why I feel so accomplished now that this part of my life has come to an end.”  

The Terry Foundation was established in 1986 by Houstonians Howard and Nancy Terry out of a desire to help young people help themselves. The foundation’s goal is to strengthen the state of Texas by identifying and supporting Texas high school graduates and transfer scholars with high leadership potential.”

TWU Lasso reporter and student Heather Hines contributed to this story.

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