Baylor University
National & International Scholarships
College of Arts and Sciences

Getting Started

First Steps

Is there a fellowship or internship in your field of study that would well equip you for your next steps professionally? While reviewing this site, did you discover a scholarship that complements your academic emphases and goals? Quite often, we meet with students almost dizzy with the possibilities that national and international scholarships suggest to them: for completing a graduate degree abroad, serving as an English Teaching Assistant in a foreign country, studying at Oxford or Cambridge, interning in a U.S. Embassy, or participating in an intensive language program in-country. And almost without exception, the burning question they ask: what kind of student wins the Rhodes or the Fulbright, the Truman or the Udall? An important question certainly. Understandably, students want and need to know whether or not there is a profile for the ideal candidate for one of these scholarships, and if there is what it is.

In the essay "Maximizing Your Undergraduate Education," Dean Elizabeth Vardaman examines "scholarship readiness" at length--the academic record, accomplishments, character, record of service and leadership indicative of an exceptional scholarship contender. In essence, she describes undergraduate students who desire an extraordinary education, and whose intellectual curiosity and pursuit of excellence, both academic and personal, have compelled them to study with vigor, invest themselves in others, and exercise relentlessly the choice to want more, read more, question more, search more--get more out of their time at Baylor.

If such an essay resonates with you, invigorates you (and perhaps even frightens you a bit too), please complete our Undergraduate Student Profile, the first step in connecting with our office and staff. The profile will allow us to learn about your studies and interests, your talents and goals. Once we receive and review your profile, we will contact you so we can meet in person and discuss your aspirations.

You will need to use your Bear ID and password to enter into the system. Set aside fifteen or twenty minutes to complete this document, and please note, you will need to complete the profile in one sitting as there is no way to save the profile.

We are pleased to begin this journey with you.