The Student Foundation Scholarship

 

Applications for the 2020-2021 Student Foundation Scholarship are now closed. 

 

Fundamental to Student Foundation’s work each year is to award scholarships to deserving Baylor students. Our Student Foundation members work throughout the year to raise funds from generous Baylor alumni and friends, whose support makes these scholarships possible. The dollar amount of possible scholarship awards is determined each spring semester and comes from both annual gifts and our 90 endowed Student Foundation scholarships.

The Student Foundation scholarship is $3,000 ($1,500 in each the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters) and will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year.  December 2020 graduates are eligible only to receive half a scholarship ($1,500 in the Fall 2020 semester). 

The Student Foundation scholarships are awarded based on both merit and need and are evaluated blindly (without reviewing the student's name or identifying information) by the committee.  Last year, Student Foundation received over 300 qualified applicants.  This year, 106 Baylor students were awarded $1,500 or $3,000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

 

Eligibility

Decisions are based on a combination of merit and financial need and the following application will help determine which Baylor students are most deserving of this award.  For the second consecutive year, Student Foundation will award a limited number of scholarships to incoming transfer students.  Incoming first-year students, graduate students, and student-athletes that receive an athletic scholarship are not eligible for the Student Foundation scholarships.  

 

Requirements

If selected for a Student Foundation scholarship, receipt of the financial aid funds will be contingent upon the following requirements:

  1. Achieve and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  2. Attend a Student Foundation Scholarship Reception (at a date to be determined in the future).
  3. Write thank you notes to Student Foundation donors as facilitated by Student Foundation in the Fall 2020 Semester.
  4. Complete a brief online questionnaire about the impact of the Student Foundation Scholarship.  Click here to complete the brief questionnaire.  
  5. Participate in a philanthropic educational experience.  Educational experiences may include, but are not limited to, academic courses, guest speakers, or retreat-style seminars about the importance of generosity.  Student Foundation will have opportunities available to you throughout the year and many opportunities are already listed below under "Philanthropic Educational Experiences."  If you have a proposal for a different experience, you may share that with the Student Foundation Director at StudentFoundation@baylor.edu.
  6. Participate in a philanthropic activity.  Philanthropic activities may include, but are not limited to, an academic course on philanthropy, serving as philanthropy chair for an organization, planning a philanthropy event, raising funds for the Student Foundation Scholarship Fund, volunteering at a Student Foundation philanthropy event, or raising awareness about a philanthropic cause on campus.  Student Foundation will have opportunities available to you throughout the year and many opportunities are already listed below under "Philanthropic Activities."  If you have a proposal for a different experience, you may share that with the Student Foundation Director at StudentFoundation@baylor.edu.

 

For any further questions regarding the Student Foundation Scholarship, please contact us at (254) 710-3497 or at studentfoundation@baylor.edu.

 


 

For current (2019-2020) and future (2020-2021) recipients of the Student Foundation Scholarship, the following opportunities are available to you to complete the philanthropic educational experience and the philanthropic activity requirements.

 

Philanthropic Educational Experiences

As a requirement of the Student Foundation Scholarship, you must participate in a philanthropic educational experience.  Educational experiences may include but are not limited to, academic courses, guest speakers, or retreat-style seminars about the importance of generosity.  Student Foundation is happy to share several opportunities to fulfill this as outlined below.  If you have a proposal for a different philanthropic educational experience, you may share that with the Student Foundation Director at StudentFoundation@baylor.edu.

1. Watch & Reflect Upon “Be Rich” Sermon Series

  • Watch and reflect upon a three-part sermon series on generosity and a celebration video as presented by Northpoint Community Church (Atlanta, GA).  Each video is 30 – 40 minutes long.
  • On Baylor Connect, you will find a form wherein you can find a link to view each video and answer a few reflection questions on each video.
  • Click here to view and complete the Be Rich Sermon Series Reflection

2. Read & Reflect Upon The Treasure Principle by Randy Allcorn

3. Read & Reflect Upon How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley

4. Lunch & Learn Experiences – Dates TBD for Fall 2020

  • Lunch & Learn Experiences are a chance to have a lunch-time conversation with Baylor faculty or staff members who want to share a message about philanthropy and the importance of developing your own sense of generosity.
  • In order to be a good steward of a guest speaker’s time, we want to ensure that enough interest is there.  To express interest in a Lunch & Learn experience, email us at StudentFoundation@baylor.edu

5. Complete the “Advanced Study in Philanthropy” Course (PPS 4V98)

  • “The Advanced Study in Philanthropy” class is usually offered each fall semester.
  • Note: This would satisfy both the philanthropic educational experience and philanthropic activity requirements.

6.  Watch & Reflect Upon "Generous Conversations" (SPRING 2020 ONLY)

7.  Membership in Student Foundation

  • If you apply for and are accepted into membership in Student Foundation, ample opportunities await to learn more about generosity and how to put generosity into action.
  • Note: This would satisfy both the philanthropic educational experience and philanthropic activity requirements.
Philanthropic Activities

As a requirement of the Student Foundation Scholarship, you must participate in a philanthropic activity.  Philanthropic activities may include, but are not limited to, an academic course on philanthropy, serving as philanthropy chair for an organization, planning a philanthropy event, raising funds for the Student Foundation Scholarship Fund, volunteering at a philanthropy event, or raising awareness about a philanthropic cause on campus.  Performing community service (at least 10 hours) is an option, but will require verification and a subsequent reflection essay (prompts provided by the Student Foundation Director).  Student Foundation will have opportunities available to you throughout the year.  If you have a proposal for a different experience, you may share that with the Student Foundation Director at StudentFoundation@baylor.edu.

1. Be an Ambassador for Baylor Giving Day - 2020-2021 Date TBD

  • Baylor Giving Day will occur this spring and is an opportunity for Baylor alumni and friends to give to small projects throughout campus through a crowd-funding type giving page and Student Foundation will have a fundraising page for Student Foundation Scholarships. 
  • As an Ambassador, you would post on social media about the Giving Day opportunity to give to Student Foundation Scholarships and the impact it has on you and your Baylor experience.  A brief orientation or description will be available to you prior to Giving Day.
  • Email us (StudentFoundation@baylor.edu) along with your Instagram or Twitter handle if you wish to be a Baylor Giving Day ambassador.

2. Run In or Volunteer For The Bearathon (Half Marathon or 6K) – March 20, 2021

  • The Bearathon is Student Foundation’s largest event and we hope to help our runners understand that all proceeds of the Bearathon benefit Student Foundation Scholarships and YOU!  You can help us share that message during the Bearathon by helping with pre-race activities and during-race support of our runners.
  • If you wish to run, you can register to run the Bearathon when registration opens in the fall.
  • If you simply wish to participate in the balloon release and cheering on finishing runners, simply fill out a Baylor Connect form when it becomes available.

3. Take Part in Video Testimonials for Student Foundation Scholarship

  • Provide a video testimonial on the impact of the Student Foundation Scholarship on your Baylor experience so that we can share your stories with the donors that made it possible. 
  • These videos may be used throughout the next few years in different fundraising or donor relations projects for Student Foundation.
  • To get more details about this option, including the prompt questions and instructions for video uploads, use this Google form.
  • Note: If you already completed this during the spring semester (of 2019), then you have already fulfilled this requirement and our records should indicate that.

4. Complete the “Advanced Study in Philanthropy” Course (PPS 4V98)

  • “The Advanced Study in Philanthropy” class is usually offered each fall semester.
  • Note: This would satisfy both the philanthropic educational experience and philanthropic activity requirements.

5. Membership in Student Foundation

  • If you apply for and are accepted into membership in Student Foundation, ample opportunities await to learn more about generosity and how to put generosity into action.
  • Note: This would satisfy both the philanthropic educational experience and philanthropic activity requirements.

6. Community Service (10+ Hours)

  • You must serve at least ten (10) hours with a non-profit organization and answer a series of reflection questions after the experience.
  • We suggest you serve in the Waco community through one of the organizations who works with Baylor's Department of Community Engagement and Service. You can see the most current list of service partners on their website here. If you wish to serve with an organization not on this list, and you are not sure if the organization's values align with those of Baylor University, you may want to check with the Student Foundation Director to determine whether your volunteer service will count toward this requirement.  Otherwise, your service will be subject to further scrutiny prior to accepting your reflection.
  • You can see more about the requirements and begin your service reflection using this form on Baylor Connect.