Honors Program and Distinguished Scholars

Through the generosity of friends and alumni, Baylor School has developed a program designed to challenge and reward our brightest and most committed students. The Baylor Honors Program recognizes a cohort of students who with extracurricular lectures, seminars and travel intended to nurture the school’s most promising young leaders. Among the program partners is the prestigious Institute for Public Trust.

As part of the program, Baylor names two Distinguished Scholars annually, providing a full boarding scholarship to two boarding students new to Baylor. The awards are available to rising 9th and 10th grade students and cover the full tuition during their time at Baylor. To qualify, students must be nominated for the honor.


Nominees should demonstrate academic excellence as well as a breadth of interest outside the classroom, including athletics, arts and/or community service. Baylor also pays attention to the nominees’ capacity for leadership in and out of the classroom.


Distinguished Schloarship Program Brochure

Nomination Process

Prospective scholarship candidates can be nominated by anyone other than their parents or current members of the Baylor faculty or staff. Once students are nominated, the Baylor admission department will contact them and request the application materials required to complete the scholarship application:

  • An application for admission to Baylor along with the required supporting materials.
  • Two letters supporting the student’s nomination (in addition to the original nomination)
  • A 900-1000 word essay on a topic to be assigned when the nomination is announced

Distinguished Scholars Weekend

From the nominees, the school will invite 12 to 16 finalists to Distinguished Scholars Weekend at the end of February, when the students will be hosted by current scholars and tour the campus. The finalists will also be interviewed by a panel of Baylor faculty members before winners are announced the first week in March.

In addition to the annual scholarship winners, all finalists for the award automatically become members of the Baylor Honors Program if and when they enroll in the school.

Our Distinguished Scholars

Baylor’s Distinguished Scholars have been actors, athletes, dancers, debaters, outdoors enthusiasts, writers, mathematicians, student government officers, singers and scientists. They have gone on to college at Harvard, Berkeley, North Carolina, MIT, Georgetown, Sewanee and Stanford among many others. They have hailed from Colorado to Connecticut and Indiana to Texas. They have been male and female, reflecting diverse personal backgrounds and world views. What they have had in common are academic aptitude, the desire to achieve excellence and a passion for self-discovery. They have left their marks on Baylor, and Baylor has become a part of them.

2015-16 Recipients
Elodie Nix, Katonah, NY
Genna Ringler, Versailles, KY

2014-15 Recipients
Henry Dierig, Navarre, FL
Anthony Kranis, Clemmons, NC
Walker McClelland, Beaumont, TX
Sophie Shea, Gulf Shores, AL

2013-2014 Recipients
Annie Dethero, Florence, AL
Mary Drue Hall, Raleigh, NC
Pongphol (Pete) Harinsuit, San Ramon, CA
Chance Thomas, Bristol, VA

2012-13 Recipients
Parker Catlett, Jefferson City, TN
Maggie Pierce, Scottsboro, AL

2011-12 Recipients
Cat Davis, Fayetteville, AR, University of Virginia
Tommy McFarland, Kingston, TN, Centre College
Cayman Seagraves, Marietta, GA, Middle Tennessee State University

2010-11 Recipients
Chandler Hinson, Guntersville, AL, Georgetown University 
Sammy Lupas, Cashiers, NC, Auburn University
Kate Hubbs, Camden, TN, Wake Forest University
Lucas Kaliszak, Madison, AL, University of Alabama

2009-10 Recipients
Alanna Bouloy, Port St. Lucie, FL, Stetson University
Melissa Manuel, Woodstock, GA, University of Georgia

2008-09 Recipients
Christian Carbone, Brentwood, TN, Harvard University
David Fisher, Greenville, MS, Washington & Lee University
Claudia Wharton, Greensboro, NC, Stanford University

2007-08 Recipients:

Zachary Herron, Knoxville, TN, University of Dayton
Ryan Riedmueller, Beaumont, TX, University of California at Berkeley

2006-07 Recipient College Choices:
Stephanie Ashley, Grenada, MS, Stanford University
Madeline Curtis, London, KY, Georgetown University
Katherine Proctor, New Bern, NC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Parker Stoker, Aiken, SC, Sewanee: University of the South
Doreen Xu, Indianapolis, IN, Harvard University

2005-06 Recipient College Choices:
Bess Carter, Birmingham, AL, Bowdoin Collge
C.J. Enloe, Colorado Springs, CO., Massachusetts Institute of TEchnology (MIT)
Autumn Nelor, Atlanta, GA, Bowdoin College
Molly Roberts, Birmingham, AL, University of Denver

2004-05 Recipient College Choices:
Rishi Dixit, Lexington, KY, Massachusetts Institute of TEchnology (MIT)
Mitch Land, Bristol, VA, Greensboro Collge
Michael Vredeveld, Jesup, GA, Georgia Tech

2003-04 Recipient College Choices:
Claire Cassady, Birmingham, AL, Vanderbilt University
Colton Griffin, Englewood, TN, University of Tennessee
Corby Howard, Trussville, AL , U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Sandra Lowe, Gallatin, TN, University of Tennessee

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Student Perspectives

"Baylor has really been everything I expected it to be and more. I have especially loved the whole boarding experience, as well as the opportunity to study abroad in Australia for over two months through the Round Square Exchange Program." - Distinguished Scholar '07

"I came to Baylor in hopes of opening doors to the future. I have gained so much from my experiences in Walkabout and as a community service site leader that I would have been less likely to experience elsewhere." - Distinguished Scholar '07

For more information contact our Admission Office, 423-267-5920

Important Dates

Nominations Accepted: September 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016
Note: applications are now closed for the current school year cycle. 

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

Finalist Candidates on campus: February 26-27, 2016

Merit Scholarship Winners Announced: No later than March 14, 2016