Terri Duterte Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Terri Duterte Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to outstanding students.  We're raising a $1,000 toward a Project GRAD Houston scholarship fund in memory of Terri Duterte.

Terri Duterte was an inspiring, beloved middle school teacher in Pacifica, California who passed away in February 2009 after battling cancer.  She dedicated her life to teaching and found a special joy in working with middle school students. As a Language Arts teacher at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School (IBL) in Pacifica, California, Mrs. Duterte excelled at educating her students in literature, comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. She particularly enjoyed sharing some of her favorite short stories and books. Since reading was one of her great passions, this passion was infectious.  Her teachings, positive spirit, and inspiration lives on. 

Community Cause

The Duterte Insurance Group is partnering with Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) Houston - a non-profit 501(c)3 education reform model at work in five feeder patterns (Davis, Sam Houston, Reagan, Wheatley, and Yates) within Houston Independent School District (HISD), serving 64 schools and over 44,000 economically disadvantaged children. That's 22.98% of the school district's total school population and approximately 24% of its total at-risk population. Over 90% of Project GRAD students are low-income and 91% are minority.

With the belief that every student, regardless of background, both deserves to and should graduate from high school and have access to college, then Tenneco Chairman and CEO Jim Ketelsen, along with his wife Kathryn, spearheaded a search for a solution to the challenges facing Houston’s inner city schools. Working in tandem with school and community leaders, the Project GRAD model was developed as a system of curricular, methodological, and student and family support programs that helps build academic skills, improves student behavior, addresses family needs, and sets children on the road to college.

Help a student's dream come true and donate to the Terri Duterte Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Terri lives on in all of us who knew her and even more so in the students who benefit from her legacy.

Please contact tdmscholarship@gmail.com to learn more information!


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