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BCU Scholars

This program seeks to strengthen ties among IABCU member schools by identifying Baptist College and University Scholars for Ph.D. or MFA programs. To be eligible for the BCU Scholars Program, students must have graduated from a school that is a member of the IABCU.

A Partnership of the Baylor Graduate School, The International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU) and IABCU Partner Schools

Baptist schools will identify promising undergraduate or graduate scholars using criteria set by the Baptist College & University (BCU) Scholars program. Students will apply to Baylor through the regular processes and be admitted through blind review. Once admitted, students will receive a letter offering them the Baptist College & University Scholars Enhancement Fellowship. Special programming emphasizing the connection between Baptists and higher education will solidify the relationship among the sponsors and among the BCU Scholars.

The Baptist College and University (BCU) Scholars Program seeks to
  • Increase the number of Baptist-educated doctoral students staying in Baptist universities.
  • Connect Baptist universities by partnering in graduate education.
  • Retain bright doctoral students in Baptist universities as students and, subsequently, as faculty.*
  • Increase loyalty and involvement of Ph.D. graduates with the IABCU and Baptist universities.
  • Stem the dying of the light by providing a continued education for bright students in a Baptist university committed to its religious identity.
Financial Incentives

Baptist College and University Scholars receive full tuition and a stipend paid by the Baylor University department that admits them.

Opportunities for BCU Scholars
  • BCU Scholars may be invited to a luncheon with administrators attending the annual Seminar on Leadership in Baptist Universities, sponsored by Baylor's Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership.
  • IABCU-affiliated colleges and universities may wish to invite the BCU scholars to visit their campuses for a tour and conversations with faculty, students, and administrators.
  • The Graduate School will provide key readings related to Christian Higher Education
  • BCU Scholars will travel (expenses paid by the Baptist College & University Scholars program) at least one time to the IABCU annual meeting and will be introduced to faculty and administrators of Baptist colleges and universities.
  • Each student will be invited to attend workshops on the integration of faith and learning, sponsored by the Graduate School and the Institute for Faith and Learning.
  • Each spring the Baylor Graduate School deans, the Baylor president, provost, and provost emeritus will meet with the Scholars for a luncheon on campus.
  • Students will be invited to participate in a reading and discussion group on works related to faith and Christian scholarship. Books will be provided by the BCU Scholars program.
  • BCU Scholars will be identified at Commencement and at the Doctoral Dinner.
  • Participants may be invited to attend a retreat on vocation and calling at Laity Lodge co-sponsored by the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.

*Although the program is designed to facilitate entry into faculty jobs in Baptist colleges and universities, there is no penalty for those who choose other employment after graduation.
Eligible Baylor Ph.D. Programs
Biology Biomedical Studies
Chemistry Church Music
Ecological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences Educational Psychology
English Exercise, Nutrition, and Preventive Health
Geology Higher Education
History Information Systems
Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Philosophy Physics
Political Science Psychology
Religion Sociology
Statistics
Masters of Fine Arts candidates also considered on a limited basis.