Outstanding Student Awards

Each spring, the department recognizes two senior Religion majors with an "Outstanding Student Award." The recipients for the 2020-2021  academic year were MeKenzei Wells and Claire Dillashaw. Below are profiles of our two recipients.


MeKenzei Leighanne Wells

MeKenzei Wells will graduate from Baylor University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Minor in Philosophy. While at Baylor, MeKenzei has attended Highland Baptist Church where she served as an assistant teacher in the Children’s Ministry and led a co-ed small group for college students. MeKenzei has served as a Worship Leader for the Youth Ministry Teams at Baylor, and was a Community Leader in the Residence Halls of Ruth Collins, Brooks Flats, Texana House, and Heritage House. She also interned with Baylor Global Missions, assisting with the training of Baylor students and faculty for their respective mission trips. After graduation, MeKenzei will attend George W. Truett Seminary in the Fall of 2021 to pursue a dual Master of Divinity and Social Work. She is thankful for the tremendous support and the loving Christian community she found in her professors, employers, co-workers, and friends during her time at Baylor.

Claire Kathryn Dillashaw

Claire Dillashaw will graduate from Baylor in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Corporate Communication. While at Baylor, she has been involved in Delta Delta Delta and Baylor Student Foundation. She served on Steering Committee for Student Foundation as an Alumni Relations Co-Chair. She worked for Baylor New Student Programs as an Orientation and Baylor Line Camp Leader, and interned for Baylor’s Baptist Student Ministry. She has served as a research assistant for Dr. Mandy McMichael, an online teaching assistant for Dr. Mikeal Parsons, and has worked for Dr. Bruce Longenecker. After graduation, she plans to attend Duke Divinity School to pursue a Master of Divinity, and then earn a PhD in religion. She hopes to be a religion professor and teach classes in Christian history. She is grateful for all of her professors who have supported and inspired her while at Baylor, as well as her incredible family and friends.