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 in August 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 said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” What does it mean to see everything else in the light of Christ? How, specifically, is the life of the mind and a college education helpfully illumined by Christian faith? Why, in today’s world, is the light of Christ crucial for able leadership of church and society?
    • St. Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” What does it mean to have been made for God and to find rest in God? How, specifically, will your studies at Baylor help you explore both of these things? How, in today’s restless world, can Christians provide leadership for church and society?


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