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Baylor University provides tuition assistance in coordination with the Baptist General Convention of Texas for Baptist students who are preparing for careers in church-related vocational ministry.
Additional scholarship assistance may be available for ministry students who demonstrate financial need. In order to determine eligibility for the additional assistance, the applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov, as well as a CSS Profile. Please note that BGCT Ministry Scholarship recipients are ineligible for the state-funded Tuition Equalization Grant, per State of Texas regulation.
To be eligible a student must:
1. Show evidence of a divine call to church-related vocational ministry.
2. Demonstrate a lifestyle of commitment to the principles of the Christian life.
3. Be an active member of a Baptist* church.
4. Provide certification from his/her church.
5. Be working toward a Religion major or minor or other ministry-related degree such as Church Music or Church Recreation.
*First-year students must be certified by their home Baptist church. Annual renewal of the BGCT Ministry Scholarship will require certification by a local school-year Baptist General Convention of Texas church.
Initial/ Renewing/ Transfer Applicants
Eligibility for the BGCT Ministry Scholarship must be reviewed and reaffirmed annually.
Qualifying students who accept this BGCT Ministry Scholarship assistance commit themselves to take Religion 2480 "Introduction to Ministry" at some point in their studies at Baylor. A ministry-vocations assessment, intended to assist in self-awareness and call clarification, is also a requirement of this scholarship program and is a part of the Religion 2480 course. Failure to satisfactorily complete the Religion 2480 course will prevent the student from graduating from Baylor University unless the BGCT Ministry Scholarship is repaid.
The student must meet the following renewal requirements:
For further information or to apply for the scholarship, please contact Heather Starkey in the Ministry Guidance Office or call (254) 710-3739. The Ministry Guidance Office is located on the Baylor campus in the Tidwell Bible Building, Religion Suite on the Ground Level (basement).