Full Tuition Scholarships

Full-tuition scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Students awarded a full tuition scholarship are required to enroll the fall semester immediately following their admission or forfeit the full scholarship (students indicating their intent to enroll in the following spring semester will be given due consideration). Thus, interested students should apply for the scholarship during the fall preceding the year they are interested in enrolling in seminary. For example, a student planning to enter seminary in Fall 2025 should apply for the scholarship in December of 2024. If a student who has been awarded a full tuition scholarship requests deferral for enrollment, the student's scholarship will then revert to Truett's standard Baptist or non-Baptist scholarship.

Each applicant may only apply for one of the five types of full-tuition scholarships. Applicants should choose the scholarship type that best fits their qualifications.

For more information, interested students should contact Admission Services at Truett_Admissions@baylor.edu or 254-710-7334.

Purpose

Truett Seminary offers full-tuition scholarships for select incoming* students (Baptist preferred) who have shown outstanding academic prowess, leadership potential, and ministry experience. They are specific to those called to serve in church ministry, missions, social work, and/or other areas of ministry. With a limited number of scholarships available, these scholarships are competitive in nature.
*This scholarship is only available to incoming Truett Seminary students. Currently enrolled Truett students are ineligible.

The Award

100% tuition scholarship for 87 attempted hours of a Master of Divinity degree program at Truett Seminary.

Application priority deadline: December 1st

Process

Each applicant must submit a completed scholarship application (linked below) and a Truett Seminary admissions application on thinkTRUETT. Please note that qualified applicants may be asked to participate in an interview.

Scholarship applications might also be available on university campuses in your Religion/Christian Studies Department and Baptist Student Ministries office. Completed scholarship applications should be mailed to:

Office of Admission Services
George W. Truett Theological Seminary
One Bear Place #97126
Waco, TX 76798-7126
General Requirements for Full-Tuition Scholarships

Applicants for the University Ministerial Scholarship (UMS), Dean’s Scholarship, Texas Baptist Leadership Scholarship (TBLS), African American Baptist Scholarship (AABS), or Texas Hispanic Baptist Scholarship (THBS) must fulfill all of the following requirements in order to be considered for any of these awards.

  • Baptist denominational affiliation preferred*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25
  • Completed thinkTRUETT admissions application
  • Completed scholarship application which includes a reference form that reflects evidence of ministry experience supported by involvement in BSM, church ministry, and/or student missions.
*To meet this requirement, applicants are required to submit a First-Year Church Certification Form to Truett Scholarship Services for review/approval. Mail completed copy with original signatures to Attn: Scholarship Services at the address above, as faxed/scanned/electronic copies are not permitted. University Ministerial Scholarship (UMS)
Additional Requirements for the Dean’s Scholarship

In addition to fulfilling all of the general Full-Tuition Scholarship requirements, applicants for the Dean’s Scholarship must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold a degree from Baylor University.
Dean's Scholarship
Additional Requirements for the Texas Baptist Leadership Scholarship

In addition to fulfilling all of the general Full-Tuition Scholarship requirements, applicants for the Texas Baptist Leadership Scholarship (TBLS) must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership within a Texas Baptist ministry
  • Completed scholarship application which includes a reference form that reflects evidence of ministry experience supported by involvement in BSM or other Texas Baptist ministry. This reference should be a BSM Director or other Texas Baptist ministry leader.
The application deadline for the Texas Baptist Leadership Scholarship is March 1st. Texas Baptist Leadership Scholarship
Additional Requirements for the African American Baptist Scholarship

In addition to fulfilling all of the general Full-Tuition Scholarship requirements, applicants for the African American Baptist Scholarship (AABS) must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Identify as African American, African, Caribbean, Black, or of African descent
  • Demonstrated involvement in Baptist ministry
  • Completed scholarship application which includes a reference form that reflects evidence of ministry experience supported by active and continuing contribution to Baptist ministry
The application deadline for the African American Baptist Scholarship is March 1st. African American Baptist Scholarship
Additional Requirements for the Texas Hispanic Baptist Scholarship

In addition to fulfilling all of the general Full-Tuition Scholarship requirements, applicants for the Texas Hispanic Baptist Scholarship (THBS) must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Active membership in a church affiliated with the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas with involvement in Hispanic-related ministry there.
  • If selected, the recipient of this scholarship must attend the Annual Meeting of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.
The application deadline for the Texas Hispanic Baptist Scholarship is October 15th. Texas Hispanic Baptist Scholarship