Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund
Note: The single online Honors College scholarship application suffices for all Honors College scholarships. Return to the Honors College Scholarship page to apply.
The Tommye Lou Davis Endowed Scholarship offers need-based aid for academically gifted incoming and current undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors College, with preference given to those studying Classics.
Basic requirements for scholarship eligibility:
• Must be enrolled in the Honors College
• Must be a full-time student during the scholarship period
• Must complete CSS Profile and FAFSA with Student Financial Services.
If you are awarded the scholarship, we will renew it automatically the next academic year provided you meet the basic requirements listed above and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. However, scholarships awarded for study abroad are for that purpose only and are not renewed.
Below, Mrs. Tommye Lou Davis explains the value of investing in students of Baylor University's Honors College.
More About Mrs. Tommye Lou Davis
The Tommye Lou Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund was established as part of the President's Scholarship Initiative in 2011 by Mrs. Tommye Lou Davis of Waco, Texas. The scholarship offers need-based aid for academically gifted incoming and current undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors College, with preference given to those studying Classics. A professor of Classics and designated as a Master Teacher, Davis' longstanding devotion to Baylor undergraduates has been evident in her popularity as a professor of Latin, her time as an Associate Dean in the Honors College, and her more than two decades of service as faculty adviser for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has twice (1996 and 2010) been selected as Outstanding Adviser on Campus.
In the Fall of 2010, President Ken Starr tapped Tommye Lou Davis to fill the newly created post of Vice President of Constituent Engagement. She has been charged with overseeing a strategic, comprehensive and effective university-based alumni relations effort to engage better and serve Baylor alumni worldwide.
Davis' roots in the Baylor family are deep. She earned her bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1966 and a master's degree in educational psychology in 1968. She has taught Latin to Baylor students since joining the faculty in 1966. She has won many awards for outstanding teaching during her career. She was appointed Assistant Professor with tenure in 1972 and was designated Master Teacher and Associate Professor in 1993. She served as Acting Chair of the Classics Department in 2002. She is a longtime member of the Baylor Round Table and Baylor Bear Foundation.
From 2000-2003, Davis served on the Bush Presidential Library Committee, chairing the Museum Planning Committee. In 2003, she was appointed Chief of Staff to the President and assumed overall responsibility as Chair of Baylor's presidential library efforts. In 2005, Davis made the presentation to the White House on behalf of Baylor. Before returning to the Classics Department and the Honors College as Associate Dean in 2007, Davis served as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor.
Davis has been actively involved in community affairs. She presently serves on the Waco Mammoth Foundation Board and the Community Visioning Coordinating Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and CORD Communications. A former President of the Junior League of Waco, she served as the Sustaining Member on the board of directors in 2008. Past involvement has included the Waco Music Theatre board, Waco Symphony Council, the Lyric Opera, Keep Waco Beautiful Commission, Waco Art Center Associates, Waco Cotton Palace Pageant Board and Historic Waco Foundation, where she served as a past General Chairman for Christmas on the Brazos.
Davis and her husband Don, a residential architect who also serves as executive director of the Historic Waco Foundation, are active members of First Baptist Church of Waco. They have four children.