First in Line Success Academy (FILSA) Scholarship Program

Are you the first in your family to go to college? If so, Baylor has an innovative program for First Generation College Students who are incoming freshmen or incoming transfer students that provides the opportunity to receive $15,000 over four years or $9,000 over two years for transfer students. Through the First in Line Success Academy, students will have a dynamic opportunity to develop relationships with other first generation students, meet faculty, and become familiar with campus and Baylor traditions through a pre-move-in program that will extend through their Baylor career. The First in Line Success Academy (FILSA) program will begin August 11.

Program Incentives

Program costs are fully covered for accepted participants. FILSA participants will receive a $4,500 scholarship that will be applied in 3 disbursements ($500 before classes begin in fall 2019, $2,000 at the conclusion of the fall 2019 program, and $2,000 spring 2020 semester). Students will need to fully participate in FILSA events to earn the scholarship award and maintain a 2.50 gpa or higher for their first semester.

FILSA Scholars will have the opportunity to continue with the program and receive scholarships for up to 8 additional semesters for incoming first-year students and 2 additional semesters for incoming transfer students. The second year of the scholarship is available of up to $4,500 and for those eligible for 3rd and 4th year scholarships, students can receive up to $3,000. Details of the continuing scholarships will be detailed during the program. In total, if students remain active in FILSA for four years, they can receive a total of $15,000 distributed over 8 semesters if they start at Baylor as first-time freshman, and $9,000 distributed over 4 semesters if they start at Baylor as transfer students.




The First in Line Success Academy program provides students the opportunity to get a head start on life as a Baylor Bear. From the 2017 cohort, 96% of the students felt that the program gave them the confidence that they can succeed in college and 94% felt more connected to Baylor due to participation in the program.


Program Benefits

By participating in FILSA, students will:

  • Get connected to the Baylor community and meet other first-generation college students at Baylor
  • Engage in the college experience and prepare to be successful academically in the fall and beyond
  • Take advantage of one-on-one support from Academic Mentors, Peer Leaders, and faculty/staff who will help guide you to success

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for FILSA, you must:

  • Be admitted to Baylor
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Be a first-generation college student*
  • Be a first-time incoming college freshman or transfer student
  • Be starting Baylor in the fall of 2019
  • Be available to move in on August 11, 2019 and participate in events throughout the fall and spring semesters

*Note: Baylor defines First-Generation College Student as a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree. Students can still be considered a first-generation college student with older siblings having a four-year college degree or attending college.