Ministerial Scholarships

Baptist Minister's Dependent Scholarship -  Wayland provides a tuition scholarship for the dependent spouse or the dependent single child of a full-time Baptist minister, missionary, denominational minister, or staff minister serving a Baptist congregation. Dependents of retired of full-time Baptist ministers may also receive this scholarship upon the approval of the School of Religion and Philosophy.  Full-time status (12 semester hours on the Plainview campus and 9 semester hours on the external campus centers) is required to receive the scholarship. The award amount for students attending the Plainview campus is $500 per semester. The award amount for students attending the external campus centers is $190 per semester.

To establish eligibility, the student must complete an application and furnish a letter from an official of the minister's church verifying the minister's active service. This letter must be received in the School of Religion and Philosophy office one month prior to the day of registration for that term for which aid is desired. This scholarship is available only for the spring and fall semesters on the Plainview campus and only for fall, winter, and spring semesters at the external campus centers. Non-enrollment in one of the approved terms does not translate to summer term eligibility. The scholarship is awarded for one year and the student must reapply each year to maintain award eligibility.

Minister and Spouse of Other Denominations Scholarship -   Wayland provides a tuition scholarship for full-time senior pastoral ministers and their spouses who belong to normative Christian denominations other than Southern Baptist. Full-time status (12 semester hours on the Plainview campus and 9 semester hours on the external campus centers) is required to receive the scholarship. The award amount for students attending the Plainview campus is $400 per semester. The award amount for students attending the external campus centers is $150 per semester. Scholarships are limited to the University budget allocation.

To establish eligibility, the student must complete an application and furnish a letter from an official of the minister's church verifying the minister's active service. This letter must be received in the School of Religion and Philosophy office one month prior to the day of registration for that term for which aid is desired. This scholarship is available only for the spring and fall semesters on the Plainview campus and only for fall, winter, and spring semesters at the external campus centers. Non-enrollment in one of the approved terms does not translate to summer term eligibility. The scholarship is awarded for one year and the student must reapply each year to maintain award eligibility. 

Christian Leadership Scholarships - Challenger and Acteen Scholarships - Wayland recognizes the outstanding achievements of young Christians through the Acteen and Challenger programs. Students may qualify for one of these tuition only scholarships that are awarded to freshman students attending the Plainview campus, divided equally over eight consecutive semesters.  These scholarships must be renewed annually.  Non-enrollment forfeits future term eligibility.  The student should contact the School of Religion and Philosophy on the Plainview campus for application guidelines.  Scholarships are limited to the University's budget allocation. 

For the Acteen/Challenger scholarships to be renewed, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours.  Notification to the School of Religion & Philosophy on the Plainview campus is required for yearly renewal.  Participation in Christian service activities through the University and a local church is expected.  The scholarship application should include a letter of recommendation and verification of the level of achievement from the pastor or the Director of WMU/Brotherhood, as appropriate.  Scholarships are limited to the University budget allocation.

Christian Leadership/Academic Scholarship -   Wayland offers $200 per semester for students who are active members of the Southern Baptist churches and have excelled academically in high school. This is a four-year tuition only scholarship to be awarded for each of eight consecutive semesters. To remain eligible, a student must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and enroll in a minimum course load of 12 semester hours. Notification to the School of Religion and Philosophy on the Plainview campus is required for yearly renewal and non-enrollment forfeits future term eligibility.  Scholarships are limited to the University budget allocation.  Guidelines for consideration are:

  1.  Academic Achievement as demonstrated by the student's high school GPA of at least a 3.0 (B average), research projects, scholastic organization membership, etc.
  2. Christian leadership as demonstrated by an exceptionally high degree of involvement in church activities. Such involvement may be shown by leadership in Sunday School, worship, discipleship/witnessing programs, youth activities, choir/music ministries, etc.

BGCT Ministerial Financial Assistance Scholarship - In recognition of the divine call felt by those who minister, the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) provides financial assistance to students in Texas Baptist schools who are preparing for careers in church related vocational ministry.
Four participants are recognized in the Ministerial Financial Assistance Program (MFA) – the ministry student who, responding to God’s call, is set aside by a local church which pools resources with cooperating churches and entrusts these resources to the BGCT and partner schools.

BGCT MFA Scholarship Renewal