Academic Scholarship Awards List

NOTE TO MEDIA: This list is provided by the Student Financial Aid Office. The link below includes only the incoming freshmen who submitted their name, hometown and high school on a form granting permission for their award news to be published.

Fall 2021 Academic Scholarship Award Recipients



Baylor University Announces Academic Scholarship Award Recipients

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WACO, Texas (July 26, 2021) – Baylor University has selected nearly 4,000 recent high school graduates and more than 350 transfer students as recipients of academic scholarship awards for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Getterman Scholarship – Baylor’s most impressive scholarship covering tuition, fees, room and board, along with support for study abroad, research and mission/service experiences – was awarded to three academically excellent students who attended the Getterman Scholars event and competed with video essay submissions.

The prestigious Baylor Faculty Scholarship – a full-tuition academic scholarship covering up to eight semesters of undergraduate study – was awarded to select students who competed at an Invitation to Excellence event. 

Additionally, Baylor awarded two new scholarships to two exceptional students – the Baylor Pillar Scholarship and the Baylor Persist Scholarship. The Baylor Pillar Scholarship covered full tuition to Baylor, and the Baylor Persist Scholarship covered full tuition and room and board.

Baylor also awarded students with one of five other academic scholarships based on a complete and holistic review of their high school performance.

  • President's Scholarship
  • Provost's Scholarship
  • Deans' Scholarship
  • Founders' Scholarship
  • Independence Scholarship

These scholarships ranged from $48,000 to $92,000 divided over eight undergraduate semesters or $12,000 to $23,000 per academic year.

Transfer students with a cumulative transfer GPA between 3.0-4.0 are awarded academic scholarships that provide $9,000 to $13,000 per academic year.

Test scores were not part of the scholarship review process for students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year due to nationwide testing challenges. Baylor University has extended its test-optional admissions policy for the Fall 2022 and 2023 application cycles for incoming freshman students.

93% of admitted students received an academic scholarship, and the median range of scholarships awarded is $72,000 divided over eight undergraduate semesters or $18,000 per academic year.

As a national Christian research university, Baylor’s mission is to educate students for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Baylor provides numerous academic and research opportunities across various disciplines through 126 baccalaureate programs in fields as varied as business, engineering, nursing, pre-medicine, music and computer science, along with 79 master's programs, 47 doctoral programs (including the J.D.), the Education Specialist program and Master of Laws program.

Baylor’s Illuminate strategic plan – building on the University’s historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service – has Baylor on the path to R1 recognition as America’s preeminent Christian research university while addressing the world’s most meaningful challenges.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Baylor students interact with outstanding full-time faculty from their first days on campus through graduation. Students also are encouraged to let their lights shine in the world through the University’s vibrant campus life, which includes more than 300 clubs and organizations and varsity athletics competing in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor's diverse student body of individuals from different backgrounds and experiences prepares students for meaningful engagement in a global society.

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.