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 acts as a “second phase” of the LLC scholarship and is available to students in their second, third, and fourth years at Baylor University. This scholarship 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) for each academic year.
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.
6. Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
All engagement commitments are made prior to the beginning of each semester and coordinated through SEscholarship@baylor.edu. 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. On-Campus Volunteer: Volunteer to serve on-campus in a leadership role or through one of Baylor’s 360 different clubs or student organizations, as well as through Residential College and Living-Learning Center student leadership roles. Thirty (30) service hours are required for this option and a service log must be completed.
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.
4. Take a qualifying leadership course.
• Read more about the Leadership minor here.
5. Volunteer in the Waco community. Thirty (30) service hours are required for this option and a service log must be completed.
• Service opportunities are available in Baylor CONNECT: Sign-in and search here.
6. 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
Student Engagement Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
If your question was not answered through these resources, please email SEScholarship@baylor.edu