Honors Program and Distinguished Scholars

You May be Our Next Distinguished Scholar

Baylor names four Distinguished Scholars annually, providing boarding scholarships to students new to Baylor. The awards are available to rising 9th and 10th grade students: one full-tuition, one half-tuition, and two quarter-tuition scholarships are awarded annually and remain in force through the students' time at Baylor.


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 Scholarship Program Brochure

Nomination Process

Prospective scholarship candidates can be nominated, no later than January 8, 2018, 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:

  • Two letters supporting the student’s nomination (in addition to the original nomination) are due no later than January 22, 2018. A 900-1000 word essay on a topic is assigned when the nomination is announced.
  • In addition to the nomination, an application for admission to Baylor along with the required supporting materials must be completed by January 22, 2018.
  • Nominations Accepted: September 1, 2017 through January 8, 2018.
    Click here for online nomination

Distinguished Scholars Weekend - March 9-10, 2018

From the nominees, the school will invite 12 to 16 finalists to Distinguished Scholars Weekend, 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 following week.

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

Harris-Stanford Scholars Program

Membership to the Harris-Stanford Honors Program includes ninth and tenth grade boarding students who have been admitted as Distinguished Scholarship Program recipients and finalists. Modeled after college honors programs, the Harris-Stanford teams with local, regional and national partners to provide extraordinary civic engagement, learning and leadership opportunities for motivated students. For more information, click here.


January 22, 2018
Deadline for completed applications

March 9, 2018
Decision letters mailed

March 19, 2018
Decision deadline

SSAT Baylor Test Dates
Baylor will offer the SSAT on the following dates. Registration must be made three weeks prior to the test date to avoid a late fee.

  • December 2, 2017
  • January 13, 2018
  • February 8, 2018
  • February 24, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018