Baptist Students Vie to Be Part of Perkins' First Baugh Scholars Cohort


Recent gift awarded to the school’s Baptist House of Studies will award up to 10 full scholarships to selected master’s, Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Pastoral Music Degree students.


DALLAS (SMU) – Applications from Baptist students are now being accepted for Fall 2022 for the Baugh Scholars Program, administered by the Perkins School of Theology Baptist House of Studies. Approximately 10 full scholarships – including tuition and fees – will be awarded to qualified applicants who meet the criteria.


The Baugh Scholars Program is made possible through a $2.7 million, three-year grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, a Texas-based philanthropy committed to supporting the work of faith-based, nonprofit organizations. The grant was awarded to the Baptist House of Studies earlier this year.


The contribution will fund full-time Baugh Scholars enrolled in Perkins master’s, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pastoral Music degree programs. Read more about the Baugh grant.

Applicants who have demonstrated a vocational commitment and potential to enhance Baptist life through pastoral leadership or teaching will be considered for Baugh Scholarships. As enrolled students in the degree programs offered at Perkins School of Theology at SMU, they are also expected to engage with and contribute to Baptist life at Perkins. Read more about criteria and expectations here.

To apply to Perkins School of Theology, click here. Please note these Baugh Scholars-specific requirements beyond the application for admission:

  • 3.0 GPA or better as undergraduates
  • Submit an additional essay on their past, present and future anticipated service within the Baptist church or academy as pastor, chaplain or teacher
  • Submit an additional reference/form by pastor to validate church involvement

For more information about the Baugh Scholars Program, contact Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Director, Baptist House of Studies: For additional information or questions about the application process, contact Dr. Stephen Bagby, Director of Admission Operations, at 214-768-2139 or


Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music, as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.