2020-2021 Freshman Scholarship Programs

Baylor Scholarship Programs 2020-2021

Each year, Baylor University awards more than $7.5 million of generous scholarships to high-achieving attendees at the following programs:

  • Getterman Scholars Program
  • Invitation to Excellence
  • Baylor2Baylor Medical Program
  • Baylor2Baylor Law Program
  • Baylor2Baylor Seminary Program
  • Distinguished Scholars Day

For the 2020-2021 year, these scholarship experiences are no longer traditional, in-person “events” that students attend in large groups, but rather, a checklist of virtual offerings alongside an on-campus VIP visit experience that students can schedule according to their preferences. Despite these adjustments, Baylor’s reimagined scholarship programs will still offer an in-depth, high-quality experience and the same amount of scholarship offerings as years past, but with added safety and flexibility for students and families.

Prospective freshmen students will have the opportunity to be awarded multiple scholarships:

  • Each program has specific scholarship levels that participants will be considered for at the conclusion of the program.
  • Each student who fully completes one or more scholarship programs will be awarded a one-time $1,000 scholarship, regardless of the number of programs completed.
  • All participants will be considered for additional Baylor scholarships geared toward high-achieving students.

Application Process

How should I apply?

  • First, submit an application to Baylor.
  • After you've submitted your application to Baylor, you'll gain access to your personal goBAYLOR portal.
  • The 2021 Scholarship Program Application will be in your goBAYLOR portal under the "Connect & Visit" tab. 
    • Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.
  • Note: If you opt into providing your test scores on your Baylor admissions application, your test scores will be considered as part of your Scholarship Programs Application. If you opt out of providing your test scores on your Baylor admission application, your test scores will not be considered as part of your Scholarship Programs Application.

How do I know what programs I might qualify for?
Students should review specific program descriptions to learn more about the academic profile of students who are typically accepted into each program. Then apply for the programs that sound like a good match with your academic record. Whether you are applying to one or multiple programs, you will submit only one application.

Note: Baylor Scholarship Programs are only available for qualified prospective freshmen students. If you are considering Baylor as a transfer, you can explore other scholarship opportunities available to you on our Transfer Academic Scholarships webpage.

What if I’m interested in more than one program?
That’s perfectly fine! Students can apply to any and all of the programs that they think best suit them. The application will list all of the scholarship programs and ask students to check a box next to the ones they are interested in. Remember: It’s okay to check more than one program — just be prepared to submit all the specific requirements for each program as you’re filling out the application and pay close attention to the academic profile and qualifications of each program.

What is the timeline for the scholarship programs?
There will be two rounds of scholarship programs. Some programs will be offered in both rounds, while others are only available one time during the academic year. See the Requirements & Important Dates section below.

If I apply, and I am accepted into one or more programs, what are the requirements to participate?

If students are accepted into a program, they must register for that program as a formal indication that they intend to fully participate.

There will be a checklist of program requirements to complete in the student’s goBAYLOR account.

Generally speaking, students who participate in a scholarship program must do the following:

  • Participate in a virtual interview with an Admissions Counselor.
  • Attend an official on-campus visit (should we be able to safely offer tours).
  • Engage in a virtual academic experience led by Baylor faculty.
  • Submit an essay after the Faculty session. (Essay prompt will be provided by the academic unit.)

*Depending on the program, there could be additional requirements. These will be visible in goBAYLOR as an additional checklist item to complete.

When will I be notified if I am a scholarship recipient?
For a timeline of when students will be informed of selections, see the Requirements & Important Dates section below.

To learn more about the 2020-2021 Freshman Scholarship Programs, click here.

 

 


Requirements & Important Dates

Scholarship Program Round 1 Round 2 Academic Requirements Can Apply Test Optional
Getterman Scholars*   ACT 34 or SAT 1500
Invitation to Excellence ACT 32 or SAT 1420
Distinguished Scholars** ACT 27-31 or SAT 1260-1390
Baylor2Baylor Medical   ACT 32 or SAT 1430
and possess 3.7 GPA and/or be top 5%
Baylor2Baylor Law   ACT 30 or SAT 1360
Baylor2Baylor Seminary   ACT 27 or SAT 1280

*Those selected to participate in Getterman Scholars will be required to attend the Honors session for Invitation to Excellence.
**Distinguished Scholars Days for certain academic units are only available in Round 1 or 2.

 

Action Items Round 1 Round 2
Scholarship application opening September 1 September 1
Completed Baylor application deadline November 2 February 1
Scholarship application deadline (11:59 p.m. CST) November 10 February 10
Participation notification date December 1 February 18
Deadline to schedule required interactions
(virtual interview, campus visit, faculty session, etc.)
December 4 February 22
Essay due after faculty session February 1 April 1
Deadline for all other requirements
(virtual interview, campus visit, etc.)
February 10 April 9
Scholarship notification date February 15 April 15

 


Program Descriptions

Overview

In collaboration with the Honors College, the Getterman Scholars Program is open to high-achieving students across 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. Getterman Scholar applicants are among the brightest in their high school classes, demonstrating success in competitive and rigorous high school course selections.


Scholarship Value

Selected recipients receive 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.

All participants who complete the scholarship program receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.


Requirements for Consideration

Selected applicants typically have a 1500 or higher on the SAT and a 34 or higher on the ACT. Students may qualify without submitting scores. Students who are selected to participate will be required to attend the Honors faculty session as part of Invitation to Excellence. 

If interested students will need to complete the following steps:

  • Submit a completed Baylor application by November 2.
  • Submit a completed application to the Baylor Honors College by November 2.
  • Submit the 2021 Scholarship Program application by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 10, indicating an interest in the Getterman Scholars Program. Note: the application process will involve uploading a three-minute video-recorded essay that responds to one of the following prompts:
    • C.S. Lewis invites Christians to ask “how it is right…for creatures who are every moment advancing either to heaven or to hell, to spend any fraction of the little time allowed them in this world on such comparative trivialities as literature or art, mathematics or biology.” Why is this a reasonable, even urgent, question to ask? What Christian reasons are there for a university education? How would Baylor’s Honors College prepare you to address Lewis’s question favorably and confidently, and with what results for your life beyond college?
    • Dorothy Sayers said, “Theology is the mistress-science, without which the whole educational structure will necessarily lack its final synthesis.” What does she mean? Why is her view important? Giving concrete examples, how might theology complete and fulfill learning in other disciplines? Why does Sayers’ vision of education matter for the kind of study and preparation that you hope to pursue in Baylor’s Honors College?
  • Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.

*Getterman Scholars Program is only offered in Round 1.

 

Overview

Invitation to Excellence is a competitive program that showcases many of the exciting academic opportunities Baylor offers. Through this elite program, students have robust experiences and conversations with faculty representing all nine schools and colleges.


Scholarship Value

At the conclusion of the program, students will be considered for a Faculty Scholarship. Faculty Scholarship recipients will receive a full-tuition scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on the essay that is written following their faculty session. The essay prompt will be provided by the academic unit.

All participants who complete the scholarship program receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.


Requirements for Consideration

  • This program is best suited for high-achieving students who are hoping to enroll in the fall term and typically have scored 1420 or above on the SAT or a 32 or above on the ACT. Students may qualify without submitting scores.
  • Applicants will attend a faculty session from one the following schools and colleges:
    • The Hankamer School of Business
    • The School of Engineering & Computer Science
    • The College of Arts & Sciences
    • The Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences
    • The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
    • The Honors College
    • School of Music*
  • Complete Baylor application by the corresponding round deadline: November 2 or February 1.
  • Complete the 2021 Scholarship Program application by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 10 or February 10, depending on the round you have chosen. 
  • Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.
  • Note: the I2E application process will involve choosing and answering a short essay question in 500 words or less. You may choose one of the following:  
    • "To whom much is given, much is required." - Luke 12:48.  What does this verse mean to you as a soon-to-be college student?
    • "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Elliot. Tell us about a risk you've taken and the outcome.
    • Celebrate your [...] side.  Choose a word that describes you and explain the word and how you have celebrated this aspect of yourself.
  • *If selected for the program, School of Music applicants will be required to submit a video audition following their faculty interaction. 

Overview

The Baylor2 Medical Track Program is a combined 8-year baccalaureate/MD program for selected high-achieving undergraduate students. Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine grant six outstanding high school students provisional acceptance to Baylor College of Medicine upon matriculation to Baylor University.


Scholarship Value

Two of the six students selected will receive a scholarship valued at $40,000 ($10,000 distributed during their 4-year undergraduate career).

The other four will receive a scholarship valued at $12,000 ($3,000 distributed during their 4-year undergraduate career).

Upon entering Baylor College of Medicine, two of the students will be eligible to earn another scholarship valued again at $40,000 ($10,000 distributed during their 4-year professional school career).

All participants receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.


Requirements for Consideration

  • The Baylor2 Medical Track Program is designed for high-achieving high school seniors who rank in the top 5% of their high school graduating class or possess a minimum 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Typically have a 1430 or above on the SAT or a 32 or above on the ACT (although students may qualify without submitting scores).
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Complete Baylor Application by November 2.
  • Complete Scholarship Program Application by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 10. Note: The Baylor2Baylor Medical Track Program application process will involve answering the following essay prompt in 500 words or less: Why do you want to pursue your career in medicine at Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine?
  • Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.
  • Following the initial Baylor2Baylor Medical Track program and the essay submission, a small group a students will be selected to interview with the Baylor College of Medicine.

Requirements During Undergraduate Program

While at Baylor, students selected for the Baylor2 Medical Track Program must maintain an overall and science GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. They are also required to participate in all traditional pre-med coursework at Baylor. Additionally, these selected students will be required to take the MCAT and score in the range of 501-507 with no section less than 125 in order to matriculate to Baylor College of Medicine upon graduation from Baylor University.

Overview

Each year, Baylor Law School selects six highly talented freshmen and offers them guaranteed admission into Baylor Law School, provided students meet the academic criteria.


Scholarship Value

Selected students will receive a $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study at Baylor University) and a full-tuition scholarship toward a Baylor Law School degree.


Requirements for Consideration

  • The Baylor2 Law Program is designed for high-achieving students with an interest in attending law school who have typically scored 1360 or above on the SAT or a 30 or above on the ACT. However, students may qualify without submitting scores.
  • Students who are accepted to the Baylor2Baylor Law Program will have a scheduled interview with a Law School professor.
  • Complete Baylor Application by November 2.
  • Complete Scholarship Program Application by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 10. Note: the Baylor2 Law Program application will involve answering the following essay prompts in 500 words or less:
    • Why are you interested in attending Baylor University and Baylor Law School?
    • Discuss why you are interested in a career in the legal profession.
  • Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.

Requirements During Undergraduate Program

  • Maintain 3.6 cumulative GPA in Baylor undergraduate courses
  • Score at least 162 on the LSAT exam
  • Matriculate to Baylor Law School within 6 years of matriculating at Baylor University
  • Meet general admission and character and fitness requirements for law school admission
  • Contribute to the Pre-Law community while enrolled as an undergraduate student in a manner which will be outlined upon matriculation to Baylor University

 

Overview

Each year, Baylor University hosts a scholarship competition for prospective students who have selected Religion as their major or minor and who intend to pursue Christian vocational ministry.


Scholarship Value

One participant will be selected to receive a $10,000 per year scholarship ($5,000/semester), renewable for up to four years (up to $40,000 total) provided the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Baylor2Baylor Seminary Program additionally streamlines admission into Truett Seminary provided the student meets the program criteria and awards the student a 100% tuition Truett Seminary scholarship for those that complete the undergrad program with at least a 3.25 GPA.

The recipient has the opportunity to receive credit for up to 18 hours toward his or her Truett Seminary degree, thus accelerating the completion time for earning the master’s degree.

All participants receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.


Requirements for Consideration

  • The Baylor2 Seminary Program is designed for high-achieving students who plan to major or minor in Religion as undergraduates at Baylor and then attend Truett Seminary.
  • These students typically have a score of 1280 or above on the SAT or a 27 or above on the ACT. However, students may qualify without submitting scores.
  • Complete Baylor application by February 1.
  • Complete Scholarship Program Application by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 10. Note: You will be required to submit the following on your application for the Baylor2 Seminary Program:
    • Description of past Ministry Experience positions held. 
    • Upload an in-depth testimony in 750 words or less. 
    • Upload an in-depth testimony of your personal call to church-related vocational ministry along with examples of your ministry experience in 750 words or less. 
  • Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.
  • Students who are accepted to the Baylor2Baylor Seminary Program will have a scheduled interview with a Religion/Seminary professor and will be required to complete a Church Certification form from their home church to show evidence of the student's divine call to church-related vocational ministry.

Requirements During Undergraduate Program

Baylor2Baylor Seminary Program recipients must maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and successfully complete Religion 2480 (Introduction to Ministry). In addition, they must receive a ministry endorsement from their Religion 2480 professor.

Overview

Many academic departments offer invitation-only programs, called Distinguished Scholars Days, which are designed to showcase exciting discipline-specific opportunities available.


Scholarship Value

Students who complete the requirements associated with the Distinguished Scholars Day program will be considered for a renewable $3,000 Distinguished Scholarship.


Requirements for Consideration

This program is best suited for high-achieving students who are planning to major within the following academic departments and who typically have scored between 1260-1390 on the SAT or 27-31 on the ACT. Students may qualify without submitting scores.

Students must plan to major in one of the following academic units:

  • Arts & Sciences/Undecided* (Round 1 only)
  • Business
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Education**
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Human Science & Design (Round 1 only)
  • Health, Human Performance & Recreation***
  • Honors College
  • Music****
  • Pre-Health (Round 2 only)
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Theatre

Complete Baylor Application by November 2 or February 1.

Complete Scholarship Program Application by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 10 and February 10

Keep in mind, you can make changes to your application up until you click Submit. After submission, changes can not be made.

*Majors in these departments/programs: Anthropology; Art & Art History; Aviation Sciences; Classics; English; Environmental Science; Film & Digital Media; Geosciences; History; Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; Mathematics; Medical Humanities; Modern Languages & Cultures; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Religion; Sociology; Statistical Science; and Undecided or Undeclared majors.

**Majors include: Elementary Education, Middle Grades English, Language Arts & Reading, Middle Grades Math, Middle Grades Science, Middle Grades Social Studies, Secondary English, Language Arts & Reading, Secondary Life Science, Secondary Math, Secondary Physical Science, Secondary Social Studies and All Level Special Education.

***Majors include: Pre-Health Science Studies, All Level Physical Education, Health Science Studies, Exercise Physiology, Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Recreation and Leisure Services, 5-Year Joint BS/MAT in Athletic Training and 5-Year Joint BSEd/MS in Sport Pedagogy. Please note that this event is exclusive to majors and programs housed in Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences. This event does not include majors housed within the College of Arts & Sciences.

****Majors include: Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Music Education (BMED) and Bachelor of Arts in Music. If selected for the program, School of Music applicants will be required to submit a video audition following their faculty interaction.