Getterman Scholars Program

Named in honor of Ted and Sue Getterman, this prestigious program is open to a few exceptional incoming students each year. The Getterman Scholars Program is open to high-achieving students across the 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.

Selection carries with it 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.

Well-qualified prospective students are invited to apply for the program. From a select applicant pool, finalists are selected to attend an interview weekend to compete for a spot in the program.

Selection Weekend Dates

January 19-20, 2018

Who Should Apply

The Getterman Scholars Program is designed for students committed to scholarship, leadership, and service of the highest merit.

Application is available by invitation to well qualified prospective students that have scored 1460/1500 (old/new) or above on the SAT (math and critical reading) or a 33 or above on the ACT.

Requirements for Consideration

Students interested in applying for the Getterman Scholars Program should complete these steps by a November 1 deadline:

  1. Submit a completed admission file to Baylor University. Your goBAYLOR account will show you what is needed to complete your application file. You must complete your file by the November 1 deadline to be considered for the Getterman Scholars Program.
  2. Submit a completed application for one or more Baylor Honors College programs (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts Program, Honors Program or University Scholars Program).
  3. Submit the Getterman Scholars Program application. The application requires completing a written application, providing names of two academic references, and uploading a three-minute video essay that responds to one of these prompts:

C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” What does it mean to see everything else in the light of Christ? How, specifically, is the life of the mind and a college education helpfully illumined by Christian faith? Why, in today’s world, is the light of Christ crucial for able leadership of church and society?


St. Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” What does it mean to have been made for God and to find rest in God? How, specifically, will your studies at Baylor help you explore both of these things? How, in today’s restless world, can Christians provide leadership for church and society?

Requirements During Undergraduate Program

Selected students must meet these requirements for continued eligibility:

  • Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Make satisfactory progress in an Honors College program (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts Program, Honors Program, or University Scholars Program).
  • Commit summers to scholarship-supported study abroad, research activity, and mission/service work.
  • Participate in mentoring activities, including special seminars, leadership opportunities, and one-on-one advising.
  • Live in the Honors Residential College as an active, contributing member of the community (in order to retain room/board feature of scholarship).

Selection Weekend Schedule

Interview weekend will begin with a luncheon on Friday, January 19. Finalists and selection committee members will be introduced, and an overview of the program will be given. Following lunch, finalists will informally get to know one another and Honors College leaders while waiting for one-on-one interviews with the selection committee.

Friday interviews will conclude in time for finalists to attend the University’s Invitation to Excellence experience during the evening.

Interview weekend will continue on Saturday morning as part of the University’s Invitation to Excellence program. Finalists are expected to participate in the Honors College academic track during Saturday activities.

How You’ll Be Notified

A committee of representatives from the Baylor Honors College will select finalists for the program. These candidates will be invited to campus for an interview weekend on January 19-20, 2018. If selected to interview, you will be asked to complete a registration form by November 22, 2017. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a formal confirmation email by November 30, 2017.

Deadlines & Important Dates for 2017-2018

Complete Admission File Deadline November 1
Honors College Application Deadline November 1
Getterman Scholars Application Deadline November 1
Finalist Decision Email Sent November 15
Registration Due November 22
Formal Confirmation Email Sent November 30
Interview Weekend January 19-20
Selection Notification Date February 16

More about Ted and Sue Getterman

The Ted and Sue Getterman Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by Louis T. Getterman Jr. and Sue H. Getterman of Waco, Texas.

Ted Getterman, who passed away on July 1, 2014, graduated from Baylor University in 1949 with a BBA degree. He completed his JD degree in 1951 and thereafter planted roots in Waco as a "faithful steward, beloved Baylor ambassador and former Waco mayor" who "forever changed Baylor's landscape through his committed service and generous support." His college sweetheart and loving wife of 66 years, Sue Getterman, graduated from Baylor University in 1950 with a BA degree and remains devoted to a life of Christian conviction, civic engagement, leadership, and service.

Mr. and Mrs. Getterman received the 2000 Waco Philanthropists of the Year award from the Central Texas Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. They were instrumental in creating the Ted and Sue Getterman Wellness Center in connection with Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. They also have received Baylor's Huckins and Neff Medallions, the Athletic Director's Hall of Honor Achievement Award, and the Baylor Founders Award. They have established Baylor scholarships in business, music, education, religion, and athletics. Additionally, they provided the largest donation to women's athletics, which resulted in Getterman Softball Stadium, and are the major benefactors towards the completion of Armstrong Browning Library's Garden of Contentment. They are members of the Heritage Club and the Baylor-Waco Foundation, where she served as the first chair of the women's division. She also served as a member of the Baylor Board of Regents from 2001-2010 and was a member of Baylor's Campaign for Greatness National Steering Committee. She currently serves on the Baylor Advisory Board for the President's Scholarship Initiative and is a member of Pi Beta Phi.

The Gettermans are members of the Endowed Scholarship Society, Old Main Society, Baylor Bear Foundation, Heritage Club, and Baylor/Waco Foundation. They have two sons -- Louis, III (Texas A&M BBA '75) and Holt (BBA '77). They have four grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.