Baylor Ministry Scholarship

Baylor University provides tuition assistance to qualified students who are preparing for careers in church-related vocational ministry. The amount of the Baylor Ministry Scholarship is 15% of tuition for Baylor undergraduate hours. 

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 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 Christian church.

4.    Provide certification from one's home 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 church.  Annual renewal of the Ministry Scholarship will require certification by a local school-year church.

**Begins with initial applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Exceptions will be considered for some mission field areas.

The student must complete a Baylor Ministry Scholarship Initial Application including testimony of personal call to vocational ministry. (Testimony to be uploaded with scholarship application.)  In addition to your personal information, you will be asked to provide an accurate email address for the pastor or church staff member who can provide evidence of your church certification.  The initial scholarship application is to be completed prior to the beginning of the semester for which the scholarship application is being made.

Qualifying students who accept this Baylor 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 Baylor Ministry Scholarship is repaid.

Eligibility for the Baylor Ministry Scholarship must be reviewed and reaffirmed annually.  The following renewal requirements must be met by the student:

  • Demonstrate a lifestyle of commitment to the principles of the Christian life.
  • The student will complete a Baylor Ministry Scholarship Renewal Application and upload a written reaffirmation of a sense of call to church-related vocational ministry and a desire to continue to receive the Baylor Ministry Scholarship.
  • Provide an accurate email address for the certifying pastor of your school-year church so a completed Church Certification Renewal Form may be obtained, thereby furnishing evidence of the student’s involvement with, support of, and commitment to a local church. (Please list the certifying minister that knows you best, but refrain from using the lead pastor of the church unless that is the minister that knows you best.)
  • Be working toward a Religion major or minor or other ministry-related degree such as Church Music or Church Recreation.
  • Meet the Baylor University standards for measurable satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the Statement of Satisfactory Academic Progress (copies available from the Baylor University Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid).
  • Be in compliance with any additional requirements or policies of Baylor University for which official notification has been previously given.

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).