Student Engagement Scholarship

“What is ‘student engagement?’"

George Kuh, an influential scholar of higher education, defines student engagement as “the time and effort students devote to activities that are empirically linked to desired outcomes of college."

The Student Engagement Scholarship increases the quality of students’ experience by assisting with the cost of attending Baylor and by supporting opportunities for students to develop life skills, build friendships, and learn outside the classroom.

Student Engagement Scholarship Criteria

The Student Engagement Scholarship is available to recipients of a Living-Learning Community (LLC) scholarship. The Student Engagement scholarship as a “second phase” of the LLC scholarship. This helps students maintain funding beyond the first academic year while honoring their commitment to co-curricular engagement at Baylor.

A Student Engagement Scholarship recipient must:

  1. have received and successfully completed an LLC scholarship in one's first academic year at Baylor;
  2. complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid for U.S. residents) or CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile for international students) annually;
  3. select one of the nine forms of engagement below;
  4. have a sponsor verify the applicant’s commitment. A student taking a Leadership-qualified Course or Studying Abroad need not identify a sponsor; the course instructor is the de facto sponsor. The Career Planner and All-Around Student are self-tracked and also require no sponsor; 
  5. maintain consistent involvement in the chosen engagement; and
  6. maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

All engagement commitments are made prior to the beginning of each semester and coordinated through Likewise, all scholarship funds are awarded in advance of each semester in which criteria are met.

Students who are eligible for the Student Engagement scholarship will receive an application in their Baylor email in the latter part of the fall semester for the following spring semester, and in the latter part of the spring semester for the following fall semester. Student Learning & Engagement staff will verify applicants’ level of engagement at regular intervals. Those scholarship recipients who have not completed their committed engagement may lose part or all of the current semester’s scholarship and may be removed from the Student Engagement scholarship program for future semesters.


Qualifying students will demonstrate leadership and commitment to learn as they complete one of the following types of engagement:

  1. Serve in a non-paid leadership role at Baylor or in the local Waco community (e.g., church)
  2. Go on a semester-long study abroad experience. Read more here
  3. Participate in a semester-long, non-paid internship
  • Internship Opportunities: Search Handshake here
  • HireABear: Search here
  1. Take a qualifying leadership course
  1. Volunteer in the community
  1. Conduct non-paid undergraduate research
  • Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA). Get started here
  • Baylor research assistant
  • Complete a senior thesis with 1-2 semesters of active work related to your topic. For an example of thesis guidelines, search here
  • Search Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology (BURST) here
  1. The Career Planner
  1. The All-Around Student
  1. Other. Submit a proposal requesting an alternative engagement (not including class credit or paid work) to be evaluated by Student Learning & Engagement. Include:
    1. Your form engagement; (what will you be doing generally and specifically?)
    2. Duration of your engagement; (when will your engagement begin and end?)
    3. Amount of time you will be involved each week (average);
    4. Name and contact information of your sponsor (a sponsor needs to be someone, preferably a full-time professional, who is going to observe you in your engagement);
    5. Name of organization;
    6. Why you think your proposed form of engagement is better and more meaningful for you, rather than the other nine options provided

Student Engagement Scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions

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Kuh, G. D. (2009). What Student Affairs Professionals Need to Know About Student Engagement. Journal of College Student Development 50(6), 683-706. Johns Hopkins University Press.