The Schmeltekopf Fellowship for Educational Leadership

The Donald and Judy Schmeltekopf Fellowship is an intensive program supporting gifted students who are interested in connections between faith and learning, and who are committed to Baptist leadership in higher education.

Don and Judy Schmeltekopf

The fellowship is a tribute to the life and legacy of one of Christian education's greatest advocates, Donald Schmeltekopf. Using his model, the program helps students understand academic leadership as a form of Christian service.

Mike Arrington, former Executive Director of IABCU, says "The recognition of one outstanding student as the Schmeltekopf Scholar is a highly appropriate way to honor Don and Judy. All of us in Baptist higher education are grateful to the Schmeltekopfs' for their commitment to excellence in Baptist higher education."

Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ouachita Baptist University, Stan Poole, believes that "Naming a Schmeltekopf Scholar among the students in the Baptist College and University Scholars program is a fitting tribute to Dr. Schmeltekopf's tireless efforts to strengthen Baptist higher education."

Button inviting Support of the Schmeltekopf foundation

Baylor At the Crossroads  Don Schmeltekopf's Baylor at the Crossroads: Memoirs of a Provost.
Read the First Things review of Baylor at the Crossroads.





2021-22 Schmeltekopf Fellow
Jake Randolph

Jacob Randolph headshot

Mentored by Tiffany Hogue

We are pleased to announce Jacob Randolph as the new Schmeltekopf Fellow for 2021-2022.   A Ph.D. candidate in Religion currently finishing his dissertation, Jake is interested in both teaching at a Baptist university as well as participation in administration. Jake is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. When asked to apply to the BCU program, he wrote, “Oklahoma Baptist provided me with professors who were experts in their field and pastoral in their approach. At OBU I learned to think critically and care deeply, because my professors embodied the highest ideals of Christian education—that the Christian life is the never-ending pursuit of God’s truth, a life of ‘faith seeking understanding’. OBU gave me a vision for my vocation and showed me firsthand the kind of professor I want to be for future students. It is the same vision that animates my current research and teaching as a BCU scholar at Baylor, and the OBU vision will continue to enliven me in the future points of my academic journey.” In addition to being a full-time graduate student, Jake and his wife are the adoptive parents of two children and remain very active in their church community.

  Program Activities
  • On-campus lectures: Selected lectures that engage the relationship between faith and learning, featuring both members of Baylor's faculty and other institutions are chosen for BCU Scholars attendance
  • Book provision: Schmeltekopf Fellows are provided books at no cost to themselves for use in discussions with leadership mentors
  • Mentoring experience with an academic administrator at Baylor
  • Presentation at IABCU annual meeting
  • Assist in planning two events for BCU Scholars
  • Participate in the Seminar for Academic Leadership at Baylor in May
  • Meeting/ Mentoring with Donald Schmeltekopf 1-2 times per year as appropriate
Qualifications for Entrance into the Program

The Schmeltekopf Fellowship is open to students who have completed two years of study in Baylor's BCU Scholars Program. Students must demonstrate an interest in academic leadership within Baptist colleges and universities.

Don's Story
Early Life and Foundations Graduate Education and the NEH Mars Hill and Baptist Culture A New Vision for Baylor The Future of Baptist Education Service Recognized
Judy's Story

Faith, Family, and Baptist Life

Past Schmeltekopf Fellows
Past Fellows

Faith and Learning at Baylor: Reflections by Dr. Michael Beaty

Don Schmeltekopf: Some Thoughts by Dr. David Solomon

Testimonials from Friends of the Schmeltekopf Fellowship

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