Outstanding Student Awards

Each spring, the department recognizes two senior Religion majors with an "Outstanding Student Award."  The award is based upon student GPA.  The recipients for the 2019-2020  academic year were João Pedro Costa Grillo Moraes and Benjamin J. "Jack" Young. Below are profiles of our two recipients.


João Pedro Costa Grillo Moraes

João Moraes graduated from Baylor in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, and as a member of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Honors Program. At Baylor, he participated in the William Carey Crane Scholars program, which explores the connections between faith and reason, and served as a Community Leader at the Honors Residential College. João also served as the College Ministry Intern at First Baptist Church, Waco, assisting the college pastor with events, leading small groups, and planning mission trips. He will be attending George W. Truett Seminary in the Fall of 2020 to pursue a Master of Divinity and eventually follow his call to become a pastor.

Benjamin J. "Jack" Young

Jack Young will graduate from Baylor University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and History and a minor in Classics. While at Baylor, Jack has attended First Baptist Church, Waco and has served as a student leader in its college ministry. Both a Crane Scholar and an Honors Program participant, Jack has worked as a transcription assistant for Baylor's Institute for Oral History. He also spent a semester studying history and theology as a visiting student at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. After graduation, Jack hopes to attend graduate school and earn a PhD in history, focusing on the historical interplay of religion, cities, and cultural life in the modern transatlantic world. He is thankful for the tremendous support and inspiration that his family, professors, and friends have provided him during his time at Baylor.