Getterman Scholars Program

Each year, the Baylor Honors College selects a few exceptional incoming students for the prestigious Getterman Scholars Program. This program is open to high-achieving students across the academic disciplines, especially students interested in an integrated undergraduate liberal arts education that encourages connections between the various disciplines of study, the local and the global, the past and present, and the love of learning and service of God and neighbor.

Selection carries with it a scholarship valued at approximately $60,000 renewable per year, covering tuition, fees, room, and board, along with support for study abroad, research, and mission/service experiences.

Well-qualified students should apply for the program. Finalists are selected to attend an interview weekend to compete for a spot in the program.


Selection Weekend Dates

Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019
Application opens September 15, 2018

Who Should Apply

The Getterman Scholars Program is designed for students committed to scholarship, leadership, and service of the highest merit. Applicants should have scored 1500 or above on the SAT (math and critical reading) or a 34 or above on the ACT.

Requirements for Consideration

Students interested in applying for the Getterman Scholars Program should complete these steps by the November 1 deadline:

  1. Submit a completed admission file to Baylor University. Your goBAYLOR account will show you what is needed to complete your application file. You must complete your file by the November 1 deadline to be considered for the Getterman Scholars Program.
  2. Submit a completed application for one or more Baylor Honors College programs (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts Program, Honors Program or University Scholars Program).
  3. Submit the Getterman Scholars Program application. The application requires completing a written application, and uploading a three-minute video-recorded essay that responds to one of the following prompts:
    • C.S. Lewis wrote, “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.” How would you describe the outlook of the current age? What does it see well and what does it overlook? Which “old books” do you recommend as a way of augmenting or correcting our culture’s vision? Why?
    • St. Pope John Paul II wrote, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” What key convictions underwrite his simile? How would you characterize the most important insights embedded in it? Do these insights implicitly critique ways of life prevalent in twenty-first-century Western culture? How? What implications follow for your education, everyday habits of life, and aspirations for worthy contributions, whatever your field of preparation may be?


Requirements During Undergraduate Program

Selected students must meet these requirements for continued eligibility:

  • Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Make satisfactory progress in an Honors College program (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts Program, Honors Program, or University Scholars Program).
  • Commit summers to scholarship-supported study abroad, research activity, and mission/service work.
  • Participate in mentoring activities including special seminars, leadership opportunities, and one-on-one advising.
  • Live in the Honors Residential College as an active, contributing member of the community (in order to retain room/board feature of scholarship).

Selection Weekend Schedule

Interview weekend will begin with a luncheon on Friday, January 25, 2019. Finalists and selection committee members will be introduced, and an overview of the program will be given. Following lunch, finalists will informally get to know one another and Honors College leaders while waiting for one-on-one interviews with the selection committee.

Friday interviews will conclude in time for finalists to attend the University’s Invitation to Excellence experience during the evening.

Interview weekend will continue on Saturday morning as part of the University’s Invitation to Excellence program. Finalists are expected to participate in the Honors College academic track during Saturday activities.

How You'll Be Notified

A committee of representatives from the Baylor Honors College will select finalists for the program. These candidates will be invited to campus for an interview weekend on January 25-26, 2019. If selected to interview, you will be asked to complete a registration form by November 27, 2018. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a formal confirmation email by November 30, 2018.

Deadlines & Important Dates

Completed Baylor Admission File Deadline November 1 
Honors College Application Deadline November 8 (9:00 a.m. CST)
Getterman Scholars Application Deadline November 8 (9:00 a.m. CST)
Finalist Decision Email Sent November 19
Registration Due November 27 (9:00 a.m. CST)
Formal Confirmation Email Sent November 30
Interview Weekend January 25-26
Selection Notification Date March 1