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 25-26, 2019

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 1500 or above on the SAT (math and critical reading) or a 34 or above on the ACT.

Requirements for Consideration

Students interested in applying for the Getterman Scholars Program should complete these steps by a November 8 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 or majors (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Honors Program, Great Texts major, or University Scholars major). Click here to learn more about the Honors College. Note: The Getterman Scholars application requires the email contact information for two references. If the selection committee reaches a point at which it would like additional information about an applicant, the committee will reach out to references for responses to focused questions. If you apply to the University Scholars major, a major in the Honors College, you will need to submit letters of recommendation through your goBAYLOR account for this major.
  3. Submit the Getterman Scholars Program application through your goBAYLOR account. The application requires completing a written application, and uploading a three-minute video-recorded essay that responds to one of the following prompts:

    C.S. Lewis wrote, “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.” How would you describe the outlook of the current age? What does it see well and what does it overlook? Which “old books” do you recommend as a way of augmenting or correcting our culture’s vision? Why?


    St. Pope John Paul II wrote, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” Why do you believe both faith and reason are necessary? How might JPII’s claim shape the curriculum of a Christian university, both generally and particularly (give concrete examples)? What implications follow for study in your academic major, everyday habits of life, and aspirations for worthy contributions, whatever your field of preparation may be?

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 25, 2019. 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 25-26, 2019. If selected to interview, you will be asked to complete a registration form by November 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a formal confirmation email by November 30, 2018.

Deadlines & Important Dates for 2018-2019

Complete Admission File Deadline November 1
Getterman Scholars Application Deadline November 8 (9:00 a.m. CST)
Finalist Decision Email Sent November 19
Registration Due November 27 (9:00 a.m. CST)
Formal Confirmation Email Sent November 30
Interview Weekend January 25-26
Selection Notification Date March 1

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.